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Rainforests of the World 

May 10, 2010

Surprise!

On any given visit, you may find eggs in the exhibit laid by our Kuhl’s Flying Geckoes (Ptychozoon kuhli.) In the past they never hatched so the assumption was that they were either infertile or, more likely, the conditions in the exhibit were not right for incubation…
Until one day we found a baby in there. He is being raised behind the scenes and when he gets big enough he will make his debut to the public. Until then, here are some pictures.
baby flying gecko 2

Photo by: Rachael Tom

baby flying gecko 4

Photo by: Rachael Tom

baby flying gecko 1

Photo by: Rachael Tom

baby flying gecko 3

Photo by: Rachael Tom

In the pictures above you can see many of the adaptations flying geckoes have that help them survive. They are very well camouflaged and like other geckoes, have intricate toe pads that help them stick to most any surface. In addition, they have skin flaps on the sides of their bodies, webbed digits, and a flattened tail- all of which help them to glide through the air.


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