Geckos Are Positively Prehistoric
It’s not unusual to see creatures of a reptilian nature here in Greece. Snakes are often seen slithering across roads and lizards can be seen basking in the sun or doing their amazing death defying moves hunting down small bugs and moths, whilst clinging onto walls and ceilings and in some cases jumpers.
We’ve spent many an hour sat outside in the evening watching the geckos climbing the walls and doing their thing. They are so fascinating to watch.
Last week while I was up at Mum and Dads doing garden duty, I opened their gate to be greeted by two wonderfully meaty looking geckos. When I say I was greeted, they didn’t actually greet me, so much as thunder across the gate s I swung it open. Had I known they were there, I would have swung it open a little more gently.
Luckily I had my camera in the car as I had intended on taking some photos of their beautiful bougainvillea plant that is in full flower, so I quickly went beck to the car, hoping that the geckos wouldn’t disappear after the fright I gave them.
I was over the moon that they were still there when I returned.
Looking positively prehistoric, I can’t imagine that geckos have changed much since the beginning of time. I’m not sure if these two are different species of gecko or are a male and a female, but as lizards are territorial and these two weren’t being confrontational, I’m guessing their differences are probably gender related.
Lizards are designed to lose their tails as a way of escaping from a predator (amazing as the tail flits and twitches long after the lizard has made it’s escape). Judging by the look of this ones tail, I’m guessing it has lost it’s tail at some point, if you look closely you’ll see the last inch or so looks different and not quite in proportion.
The sun was bright and low, which caused a glare on the side of this gecko. At first I wasn’t happy with this photo until I realised that the glare and shadow accentuated the texture of it’s skin. I think this one has also lost it’s tail at some point. I also love the way their feet look like mini hands.
Even the eyes on a gecko are made to blend in with it skin.
Do you know anything about geckos? Are these two positively prehistoric looking ones a male and a female or two different species? Do you have visitors of a reptilian nature?
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