A gecko on a leaf


Geckos are small lizards famous for their ability to walk up walls and other sheer vertical surfaces, and to hang from ceilings. However, they come a cropper if they attempt to climb on non-stick surfaces! They're welcome creatures to have around in the house as they feast on the insects you don't generally want inside.

Scientific name: Gekkonidae

Rank: Family

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Map showing the distribution of the Geckos taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

BBC News about Geckos

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