The Geckos are Coming!

May 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

I am really looking forward to the opening of the Geckos exhibit this week!  I have the privilege of working with Fernbank Museum’s live animal collection.  But, in Fernbank’s animal collection, we only have one species of gecko—the leopard gecko.  From May 28th through September 6th, guests will be able to see over 15 different species at Fernbank Museum of Natural History! 

Did you know gecko eyes can tell us whether they’re daytime or nighttime hunters?  Also, most geckos have their own unique “windshield wipers” to clean their eyes, rather than eyelids to blink! 

I think the most interesting characteristic of geckos is that the smallest gecko discovered can fit on an American dime!  These little lizards reach just over a half-inch in length from nose to tip of tail.  In contrast, the largest living geckos can reach lengths over 14 inches from nose to tip of tail.   That means, the largest geckos are 24 times larger than the smallest geckos (that’s like comparing the length of a pen to the height of an elephant)!

The geckos we’ll be hosting come from many different places around the globe.  There will be day geckos from Madagascar, desert geckos from Africa, and many tropical geckos from islands and continents all over the world!  Learn with me as we delve into the diverse wild world of geckos!

Join Fernbank Museum as we begin to uncover the colorful and diverse world of geckos!  You could also join us for a full day of fun Sunday, June 6th for our Geckos Family Day, including live animal encounters featuring Fernbank’s own animal collection.  Each animal encounter is unique and may provide the opportunity to see and touch creepy-crawly invertebrates, smooth snakes, bumpy lizards or tough turtles!

Lynn Anders, Animal Care Coordinator


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