EYELASH GECKO (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) - © Jana Miklová
- Also Crested Gecko, New Caledonian Crested Gecko, Guichenot’s Giant Gecko
- Species of gecko native to southern New Caledonia (off east coast of Australia).
- This species was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994
- The specific name, ciliatus, is Latin: Cilia means “fringe” or “eyelash” and refers to the crest of skin over the animal’s eyes that resembles an eyelash
- will not regrow its tail once lost, most wild adults are tailess
- The Crested Gecko has no eyelids; a transparent scale, or spectacle, keeps its eyes moist and it uses its tongue to clear away debris.
- Like all Rhacodactylus geckos, it has webbing on its legs and digits.
- They are a mostly arboreal species, preferring to inhabit the canopy of the New Caledonian rainforests.
- They are primarily nocturnal, and will generally spend the daylight hours sleeping in a secure hiding place close to, or on the ground.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crested_Gecko
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