Gecko Guest

This little creature was trying to hide in my landscaping.  Once I noticed him, I quickly picked him up and made my way to the house for my camera.  As I placed him on a landscaping stepping stone, it was as though he was posing.  He barely moved, allowing me to get some great head shots.  :)

For a number of reasons, one being a defense mechanism, some geckos will “drop” their tails.  This process is called autotomy, and it’s the ultimate diversion tactic.  While a predator tries to capture a gecko, the gecko will drop or release its tail.  While the detached tail flops around on the ground, the rest of the gecko scurries off, leaving the predator temporarily stupefied.  A couple common geckos that do this are the Leopard Gecko and the Crested Gecko.  The Leopard Gecko will grow a new tail, but the Crested Gecko is not so fortunate.  When the tail is gone, it’s gone for good – no “extras”.  (Never pick up a gecko by the tail!)

This is a blurry photo, but it gives you a better idea of its size.

There are hundreds and hundreds of gecko species.  Does anyone know what type of gecko this is?

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