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.
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