Fast Facts: Geckos – Part IV

Carl Kerby

Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope. I’m Carl Kerby.

We’ve been talking about the wall sticking, tree climbing, air-flying gecko. Wait!


  A flying gecko???

Well … they don’t actually “FLY”, but in order to escape predators and find food, the flying gecko uses its webbed skin to glide from tree to tree. Its flat rudder-like tail helps it to glide up to 200 feet in a single bound.  AND … get this … its only 8 inches long!

Other geckos have the ability to change colors to match their surroundings. The gecko will expand cells with different pigmentation under its skin in response to the light around it. The change helps to camouflage and protect it from predators.

And talking about camouflage, the “mossy leaf tailed gecko” takes it to another level.  Its covered with splotches – even on their eye’s! It helps them to blend perfectly into the environments where they live.

But, you said the gecko is wall-sticking as well.  How do they stick to walls?  We’ll talk about that next time.  But until then … stay bold!

Carl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope and co-creator of the DeBunked apologetic video series. His radio feature, Fast Facts, is heard weekly on VCY America, Saturdays at 9:25 AM Central.

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