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Bent-Toed Gecko

What Are Geckos?

A team of herpetologists have recorded a new species of bent-toed gecko from a wooded part of the Umroi Military Station in Meghalaya.

  • Its scientific name is Crytodactylus exercitus and its English name is Indian Army’s bent-toed gecko.
  • Further, another new bent-toed gecko, the Cyrtodactylus siahaensis named after Mizoram’s Siaha district where it was found.
  • A herpetologist is someone who specializes in the study of reptiles and amphibians
  • Geckos are reptiles and are found on all the continents except Antarctica.
  • These colorful lizards have adapted to habitats from rainforests, to deserts, to cold mountain slopes.
  • Over a long period of time, geckos have developed special physical features to help them survive and avoid predators.
  • Gecko tails serve many purposes.
  • They help balance their weight as they climb branches, they act as fuel tanks to store fat, and as camouflage to help them disappear into their environment.
  • Geckos are also able to shed their tails if a predator grabs them.
  • Most geckos are nocturnal, which means they are active at night, but day geckos are active during the day and nibble on insects, fruits, and flower nectar.
  • Most geckos make noises such as chirping, barking, and clicking when they are defending their territory or attracting a mate.
  • There are many species of geckos. Depending on the species, their endangered status can range from least concern to critically endangered.

 

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