Geckos can be as small as 1 inch or as large as 1 foot long. Their tails are fat. Geckos store food in their tails. If you grab a gecko by the tail, the tail will come off so the gecko can escape.
Fun Facts about Geckos for Kids
- There are over 1,000 kinds of geckos divided into two species. One species has eyes that can’t blink. The other type has eyelids and can blink just like you.
- Scientists can tell by a gecko’s pupils if it is diurnal or nocturnal. Diurnal geckos, which are awake during the day, have round pupils. Nocturnal geckos have vertical pupils, like a cat’s.
- Geckos have millions of tiny, bristly hairs on their feet. These hairs let them to stick to surfaces like a wall or ceiling. They’re a little like Velcro.
- Geckos have excellent eyesight.
- Geckos are insectivores. That means they eat bugs! They love worms, mealworms, crickets and grasshoppers.
- If you shine a flashlight in a gecko’s ear, the light will come out the other ear. Cool, don’t you think?
- Geckos make chirping sounds to communicate.
- Regulate: control
- Diurnal: awake during the day
- Nocturnal: awake at night
- Vertical: goes up and down
- Bristly: rough
Learn More All About Geckos
Watch this awesome investigative video about the gecko’s sticky feet:
A video explaining why geckos have sticky feet.
Question: Do geckos lay eggs?
Answer: Geckos usually lay two sticky eggs. The eggs are soft at first, but become sticky. Sometimes geckos eat their own eggs.
Question: Do geckos make good pets?