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The Crested Gecko

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Characteristics and Adaptations

This page will describe the characteristics and adaptations of the Crested Gecko
 

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The Crested Gecko is a magnificent animal that has developed many unique charcateristic over time. 

The Crested Gecko is appoxitmatly 7-10 inches long once fully matured.  Typically males are larger than femals.  The color of a Crested Gecko can vary amongst multiple colors, ranging from green, blue, red, orange, yellow, brown, white, and grays. 

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Basking In The Sun

Sun + Gecko =     Success

Like all members of the reptilian family, Crested Geckos have developed a unque way of receiving their energy.  Instead of receiving their energy from the food they consume, they get it from the sun.  They actually get appoxitmatly 80% of their energy from the sun alone.  This allows them to go longer amounts of time without food, and have to consume less.

Adaptations

The Crested Gecko like all lizzards make great use of their tounges.  Since they do not have any eye lids, the must find a way to keep their eyes moist.  They do this by licking their eye with their tounge.  At the same time they are able to clean their eye of any foreign objects.
 
Like most lizards in its class, the Crested Gecko has developed specialized feet.  On the bottoms of its feet there is a layer of lamellae, which is a layer of thin platelike tissue, that allows the gecko to climb and stick to many surfaces.  This layer can be found also on the tail of the Crested Gecko allowing it to have better grip, and mobitlity while climbing on vertical surfaces.  This adaptation allows the lizard to climb into the trees in which it nests and recieves cover.  It also allows them to be more versitile while hunting food, and have more options as for obtaining food.
 
Another adaptation that is apparent in this species is its color.  The different colors that the Crested Gecko comes in allows it to blend in with its environment on another level.  The darker colors such as greys, blues, and browns allow it to blend in with the trees and shadows.  The brighter colors such as yellow, red, and organge work to allow the gecko to blend in with the flowers it feeds on.  This camoflague is useful in avoiding detection by predators.

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