In my son's backyard resides a storage building that he has been meaning to clean out for years. He finally got around to it and after he was done decided to install a deadbolt on the shed's door. The was an existing hole for the lock which was capped on one side. Inside the hole on the backside against the cap was a Med gecko (short for Mediterranean gecko).
They are pretty speedy and at times difficult to catch, but this one was a little sluggish due it being cool outside which made it an easy capture.
Look closely at the close-up of the tail. Notice how it appears dissimilar to the rest of its body. This is a newly replaced tail. Geckos have break-away tails which acts as a defense mechanism. The tail breaks off and wiggles, distracting predators as the gecko escapes. Through the process of regeneration a new tail is grown.
You find little surprises in the strangest places.
Other gecko posts can be found here
Labels: geckos, lizard, mediterranean gecko, reptile