Lucy the Crested Gecko

This species was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994. The toes and the tip of the semi-prehensile tail are covered in small hairs called setae. Each seta is divided into hundreds of smaller (approximately 200 nanometres in diameter) hairs called spatulae. It is believed these structures exploit the weak van der Waals force to help the gecko climb on most solid surfaces. The toes have small claws which aid in climbing surfaces to which their toes cannot cling. They possess a prehensile tail which they use to assist in climbing. The tail can be shed as a deterent to predators.

Event Details:

  • Likes to Eat: Baby food and insects
  • Age: 3
  • Did You Know?: They can lick their eyes with their tongue, as long as they don't eat marmite before hand