Gecko Feet Don’t Stick Around

This allows for weak forces between molecules, called van der Waals forces and frictional adhesion, to become strong enough to support a lizard’s weight. The tokay gecko has some 6.5 million setae, which together generate enough force “to hold up two skinny guys or one fat guy,” Gamble says. “If all the setae had full contact with the substrate, [with that amount of adhesion] you could have a Spider-Man suit.” Reconstructing feet Engineers who want to emulate the lizard’s feats will have to construct precisely designed mechanical feet. “People making gecko adhesive have just been concerned with stickiness, like flypaper,” Gamble explains. “But as soon as you want to make something move in the real world, you must know how to make it stick and unstick on different inclines and different materials and at different speeds.” Since hundreds of gecko species have adhesive toepads, it could be tough choosing one to use as a model. “If you don’t know how they’re related, you may do a lot of unnecessary work looking at every species,” Gamble continues. “But if you know how they’re grouped evolutionarily, you can compare representative species from each of the 11 groups that evolved toepads independently. Then you can figure out what characteristics lineages with toepads have in common.” The crested, or eyelash, gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) is native to New Caledonia. Photo: Tony Gamble This way, he says, one can glean best practices for assembling an adhesive toepad, filter out lineages that may be redundant, and ignore traits that may be unique to just one lineage.
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Day Gecko Care – Terrarium Set Up and the Best Supplies

Hello, Frank Indiviglio here.  Gaily clad in brilliant, neon-hued colors, Day Geckos (Phelsuma spp.) are among the most desirable of all lizard pets, so here is a short article about Day Gecko care.  Many are hardy, long-lived, and relatively simple to breed…but only if they are housed in a properly-designed habitat.  Active and alert, these cautious animals fare poorly in bare enclosures, but are ideally suited for life in naturalistic, planted terrariums.  The security provided by dense plantings and well-placed branches will put Day Geckos at ease and allow you to view a wide range of fascinating behaviors.

Setting up the Terrarium

Day Geckos are highly arboreal and must have climbing opportunities.  “High-style” aquariums make fine homes.  A pair or trio of Spotted, Yellow-Throated or other small species can be kept in a 15-20 gallon aquarium.  A 30-55 gallon tank will accommodate the same number of Standing’s, Madagascar or Giant Day Geckos.  Always opt for the largest terrarium possible.

Phelsuma madagascariensis

Photo uploaded to Wikipedia Commons by Manuel Werner, Nürtingen, Germany

Day Geckos need spacious enclosures that mimic their natural habitat.  Live plants such as Pothos and Philodendron will provide visual barriers between tank-mates and a sense of security.  Rolled cork bark and hollow bamboo sections make ideal hideaways and perching sites, and should be arranged both horizontally and vertically.

Be sure to establish plenty of basking sites near heat and UVB bulbs, as dominant individuals may exclude others from these important areas.

The terrarium’s screen lid must be tightly secured with clamps.

Substrate

A mix of potting soil, cypress mulch and sphagnum moss is ideal.

Light

Day Geckos will not thrive without a source of UVB light (but some notable exceptions are known; please see article below).  Natural sunlight is best, but be aware that glass and plastic filter out UVB rays, and that fatal overheating can occur very quickly.

Your geckos should be able to bask within 6-12 inches of a high-output UVB florescent bulb; the Zoo Med 10.0  Bulb, which I have used at the Bronx and Staten Island Zoos, has been shown to out-perform other florescent models.  Mercury vapor and halogen bulbs broadcast UVB over greater distances, and emit beneficial UVA radiation as well.  Be sure to provide shaded areas.

A daytime period of 12-14 hours should be established.

Heat

Ambient temperatures of 82-88 F, with a basking spot of 90-95 F, will suit most (please post below for information on individual species).

Incandescent spotlights may be used by day; ceramic heaters or red/black reptile “night bulbs” are useful after dark.

Provide your pets with the largest home possible, so that a thermal gradient (areas of different temperatures) can be established.  Thermal gradients, critical to good health, allow reptiles to regulate their body temperature by moving between hot and cooler areas.  In small or poorly ventilated enclosures, the entire area soon takes on the basking site temperature.

Humidity

Most Day Geckos are rainforest dwellers and do best in humid surroundings.  Their terrarium should be misted at least twice daily. If your home is especially dry, consider using a small reptile fogger to raise the humidity levels in the terrarium (please see photo).t243860

Companions

Males will fight savagely and cannot be housed together. Females are territorial, and must be watched carefully. Pairs, trios (1 male, 2 females) and youngsters may co-exist in large enclosures, but be sure to check dominant individuals do not prevent others from feeding and basking.

Please check out my posts on Twitter and Facebook.  Each day, I highlight breaking research, conservation news and interesting stories concerning just about every type of animal imaginable.  I look forward to hearing about your interests and experiences as well, and will use them in articles when possible.

Please also post your questions and comments below…I’ll be sure to respond quickly. 

Thanks, until next time,

Frank Indiviglio

Further Reading

Keeping Day Geckos without a UVB Source

Gecko Overview

Leopard Gecko Care – The Ideal Gecko Terrarium – a Zookeeper’s Thoughts

Hello, Frank Indiviglio here.  Leopard Geckos (Eublepharis macularius) possess distinct personalities, accept handling, are easy to breed, do not require UVB radiation and are content with modestly-sized terrariums – surely as close to a “perfect reptile pet” as one can imagine.  However, while some have reached ages of 20+ years, Leopard Geckos will not thrive if their specific needs are not met.  Drawing from my work with this and related species at the Bronx and Staten Island Zoos, today I’ll describe the type of captive habitat these fascinating lizards require, and some useful products that will help you excel in Leopard Gecko care.  I’m also hoping to publish a revised edition of a book I’ve written on Leopard Geckos…I’ll try to include any interesting observations you might post below.

Male leopard gecko

Uploaded to Wikipedia Commons by MKGeckos

Natural History

Understanding an animal’s natural history is a critical first step in successful captive care and breeding.

The Leopard Gecko is found in southeastern Afghanistan, western India, Pakistan, Iraq, and Iran, where it frequents desert fringes and arid grasslands. Its habitat is characterized by sand, gravel, rocks, tough grasses and low shrubs (please see photo).  In the course of the year, temperatures may range from 41-104 F. Please see the article linked below for further information on Leopard Geckos in the wild.

Setting up the Terrarium

Leopard Geckos will do fine in simple homes, but naturalistic terrariums landscaped with rocks, driftwood and live plants make for stunning displays.  Aloes, Ox Tongue, Snake Plants and other arid-adapted species, all readily available, may be used to decorate Leopard Gecko terrariums.

 Leopard Geckos are not overly-active (by lizard standards) but should be given as much room as possible.  A single adult will get by in a 10-15 gallon aquarium, but a 20 gallon (long style) is preferable.  A 30-55 gallon terrarium will accommodate a pair or trio.

Leopard Geckos are ground-dwelling, but will utilize rocks and stout driftwood.  Rocks and other heavy objects should always be placed on the terrarium’s floor, not on the substrate, so that lizards cannot tunnel below and be crushed.

Several hide boxes or caves should be provided, preferably on both the cooler and warmer sides of the terrarium.  Please see “Humidity” and “Temperature” below for further information. 

As air flow is important for animals that are native to arid habitats, your terrarium should be equipped with a screen top.

Arid Scrb

Uploaded to Wikipedia Commons by Ton Rulkens

Substrate

Sand has long been used as a substrate for adult geckos in zoos and private collections, and I’ve not had any problems with it in either setting.  However, impactions due to swallowed sand are sometimes reported, and most pet keepers prefer to err on the side of caution.  Large gravel and stones, of a size that cannot be swallowed, are a good alternative.  You can mix in some dry grass to simulate a semi-desert environment.  If you do choose to add sand, it is best to provide food in large bowls, or in a separate enclosure, so that ingestion is limited.

Hatchlings are clumsy hunters, and tend to swallow sand.  Newspapers, paper towels or washable cage liners should be used until their skills improve.  Adults may also be kept in this manner if you prefer.

Light

Nocturnal lizards such as Leopard Geckos absorb Vitamin D3 from their diet, and do not need a UVB light source.

Heat

The ambient air temperature should range from 78-88 F.  A ceramic heater or red/black reptile “night bulb” (these will also enable you to observe your gecko after dark) can be used to maintain these temperatures at night.  A below-tank heat mat or bulb should be positioned so that one corner of the tank is warmer (to 88 F) that the rest.

Large enclosures are necessary if a thermal gradient (areas of different temperatures) is to be established.  Thermal gradients, critical to good health, allow lizards to regulate their body temperature by moving from hot to cooler areas.

Head, young male

Uploaded to Wikipedia Commons by Pop77o7

Humidity

Low humidity and a dry substrate should be maintained.  However, shedding problems will be likely if a cave stocked with moist sphagnum moss is not provided.  A dry hiding spot should also be available.

Companions

Leopard Geckos are solitary and best housed alone.  Females and youngsters may co-exist, but dominant individuals may prevent others from feeding.  Males will fight viciously and cannot be kept together.  Pairs may get along in a large terrarium, but close monitoring is the rule.

Feeding

Too many pet Leopard Geckos are fed diets comprised solely of crickets and mealworms, and as a result rarely live as long as they otherwise might.  The overuse of pink mice is another common mistake.  Please see this article  for information on providing a proper diet, and be sure to post any questions below.

Please check out my posts on Twitter  and Facebook.   Each day, I highlight breaking research, conservation news and interesting stories concerning just about every type of animal imaginable.  I look forward to hearing about your interests and experiences as well, and will use them in articles when possible.

Please also post your questions and comments below…I’ll be sure to respond quickly. 

Thanks, until next time,

Frank Indiviglio

 

Further Reading

Leopard Geckos in the Wild

Breeding Leopard Geckos

Godzilla The Iguana Returned To La Pet Store After Man Caught Stealing The Lizard Sells It For $200 | Daily Mail Online

“Godzilla” gone: Iguana, Los-Angeles-area pet store mascot, stolen; thief caught on tape – CBS News

Paramount Pet Entertainment’s store in Los Angeles appealed for help after its mascot, the seven-year-old reptile, was stolen in broad daylight on Monday. Store surveillance cameras captured video of a man reaching down and stealing the three-foot lizard up from the store’s courtyard just after 12.30pm. Media coverage of the theft helped lead to Godzilla’s return after a nearby pet shop owner who bought the lizard for $200 saw the news and gave it back, Paramount Pet’s Holly Cepeda told Daily Mail Online. Scroll down for video Godzilla the iguana has been returned to Paramount Pet Entertainment’s store in Los Angeles by a nearby pet shop owner after being stolen Monday A man was caught on camera dipping down to the ground and stealing Godzilla from the store owned by Holly Cepeda and her family The lizard was sold to a store 15 minutes from Mrs Cepeda’s for $200 and returned after the buyer realized it was stolen The store appealed for help in identifying the thief, who took the iguana back to his Dodge Charger before entering another shop ‘My whole family is happy,’ the store owner said after she saw the lizard again and it crawled up her husband’s leg.
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Mrs Cepeda said that the thief had been seen with an iguana two hours before they made a police report

“She actually puts up a fight,” the iguana’s owner Holly Cepeda told the station. “She scratches him, she whips him, and he still picks her up and takes her.” After carrying the iguana to his car, the man then goes inside another business to buy a T-shirt before eventually driving away in his Dodge Charger. “She’s worth a lot more than what he could get for her,” Cepeda said.
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Iguana Yachts to present the Iguana 29 Exclusive in Dubai – Events – SuperyachtTimes.com

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Noise vibration has been minimised on board through the use of lightweight acoustic underfloor panels as well as a hydrodynamic optimised hull. Further personalisation of the Iguana 29 Exclusive includes the opportunity to choose from 101 possible colour combinations arranged by the French design agency, Fritsch & Durisotti. In addition, the new owner can also choose from eight different deckings, as well as the surface materials of the handrails and ski mast. CEO of Iguana Yachts, Antoine Brugidou, comments on the exhibition of the Iguana 29 Exclusive at the Dubai International Boat Show this year, stating, In 2013 and 2014 we participated to many luxury boat shows and private events… We built our first Exclusive Iguana 29 for a very prestigious client from Middle East. It has been followed by a few others but we have never had a chance to present an Iguana 29 Exclusive as these clients prefer discretion and confidentiality.
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Reach Out And Touch An Alien? Movies Offer Little Guidance – Yahoo News

Current rules allow park rangers to ticket anyone setting foot on an unauthorized trail. The fine ranges from $50 to $500, Norton said. That is not to say unauthorized trails can be ignored. To prevent erosion, volunteers from the Laguna Canyon Foundation planted laurel sumac, lemonade berry and California sagebrush along the Lizard Trail’s border while crews strategically embedded rocks in the dirt to funnel rainwater to either side.
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Coast Wilderness Park may get first official trail in decades – Coastline Pilot

Bad alien: The creatures of “Alien.” Lizard-like with daggers for teeth. With a propensity for protruding from stomachs, they will kill your appetite, too. Good alien: Yoda. Wise, long-eared Jedi master. Only a threat to the Dark Side or to the syntactically sensitive, he is.
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DailyTech – Anonymous vs. the ISIS Cyber Caliphate — War in the Middle East Goes Digital

BREAKING: We’ve targeted hundreds of social media accounts belonging to #ISIS members and erased them. #OpIceISIS https://t.co/HQKKdmIrx1 Operation Ice ISIS (@OpIceISIS) February 11, 2015 The group recently targeted the wife of a U.S. Marine, hacking her Twitter account and issuing several threatening tweets: “While your president and your husband are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we’re coming for you,” one published tweet said. Another message read: “We know everything about you, your husband and your children and were much closer than you can even imagine. Youll see no mercy infidel!” Trying to intimidate families of US military personnel may be worth more headlines than anything else, according to military experts. These types of threats can be seen as “shocking at first,” but help create stronger solidarity, according to Lori Falkner Volkman, CEO of the military-focused Trajectory Communications firm. The Cyber Caliphate also recently hijacked the Twitter feed of Newsweek ( @Newsweek ), publishing intimidating messages before the news group regained control of the account. Attempts to determine the identities of Cyber Caliphate members is difficult, but some wonder if the Lizard Squad the annoying group responsible for bringing down Xbox Live and PlayStation Network on Christmas Day are somehow involved. US and European political leaders suspect Junaid Hussain, a British man suspected to be in Syria, could be leading the Cyber Caliphate. Hussain is 20-years-old and was briefly imprisoned for hacking Prime Minister Tony Blair before moving to Syria. Junaid Hussain, a UK hacker who fled to Syria, is suspected of leading the Cyber Caliphate. [Image Source: Twitter/@abuhussain102] Hussain was allegedly involved when the Cyber Caliphate hacked the US Department of Defense ‘s Central Command (CENTCOM) Twitter feed and YouTube account. He is reportedly responsible for recruiting hackers sympathetic to ISIS to assist in new cyberattacks.
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“godzilla” Gone: Iguana, Los-angeles-area Pet Store Mascot, Stolen; Thief Caught On Tape – Cbs News

“She scratches him, she whips him, and he still picks her up and takes her.” After carrying the iguana to his car, the man then goes inside another business to buy a T-shirt before eventually driving away in his Dodge Charger. “She’s worth a lot more than what he could get for her,” Cepeda said. “It’s sentimental value, and that’s priceless.” Godzilla’s owners say she often roams the courtyard outside the store to greet customers and that the store considers the 7-year-old reptile its official mascot, with her own Instagram page. “I’m pretty sure she misses us as much as we miss her,” Cepeda said. “I just want her back.” The store owners say Godzilla needs special care, and they’re hoping someone comes forward with information to help bring her back safely.
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Godzilla the iguana returned to LA pet store after man caught stealing the lizard sells it for $200 | Daily Mail Online

Mrs Cepeda said that the thief had been seen with an iguana two hours before they made a police report

In addition, the new owner can also choose from eight different deckings, as well as the surface materials of the handrails and ski mast. CEO of Iguana Yachts, Antoine Brugidou, comments on the exhibition of the Iguana 29 Exclusive at the Dubai International Boat Show this year, stating, In 2013 and 2014 we participated to many luxury boat shows and private events… We built our first Exclusive Iguana 29 for a very prestigious client from Middle East.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.superyachttimes.com/editorial/9/article/id/13788

Iguana Yachts to present the Iguana 29 Exclusive in Dubai – Events – SuperyachtTimes.com

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Scroll down for video Godzilla the iguana has been returned to Paramount Pet Entertainment’s store in Los Angeles by a nearby pet shop owner after being stolen Monday A man was caught on camera dipping down to the ground and stealing Godzilla from the store owned by Holly Cepeda and her family The lizard was sold to a store 15 minutes from Mrs Cepeda’s for $200 and returned after the buyer realized it was stolen The store appealed for help in identifying the thief, who took the iguana back to his Dodge Charger before entering another shop ‘My whole family is happy,’ the store owner said after she saw the lizard again and it crawled up her husband’s leg. A pet store about 15 minutes drive away from Mrs Cepeda’s contacted the family-owned store Wednesday morning around 9.30am after he saw coverage of the iguana theft. Paramount Pets plans on fully reimbursing the owner of the shop, who did not want his store or himself identified. Mrs Cepeda said that she was anxious when driving over to find her pet, but was able to recognize the animal instantly after seeing her. The animal was cold, and its owners believe that the thief did not feed the iguana. Video footage of a mustachioed man taking the three and a half pound animal back to his car, a new gray Dodge Charger, circulated around Los Angeles after Monday’s theft. Both thief and iguana remained at large after authorities pulled the man and lizard over for a traffic citation, but let them go because the police report had not yet been filed, Mrs Cepeda said.
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Geico Accused Of Discriminating Against Low-income Drivers – Feb. 13, 2015

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It charges that drivers who are single, lack a college degree, are currently uninsured, unemployed or not working an a professional job. The group contends that it offers these individuals plan with higher limits and higher premiums.
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Detectives Investigating Theft Of ‘godzilla’ The Iguana – Havasu News: Nation And World

Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of an iguana named Godzilla from an outdoor area in front of a pet store in Paramount. The Sheriff’s Department says surveillance video shows a man in baggy clothing taking the iguana from the fenced area Monday afternoon. The theft drew television news coverage and Godzilla was recovered when the owner of another pet shop recognized the iguana as one that had been purchased from someone on Tuesday.
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Detectives Investigating Theft Of ‘godzilla’ The Iguana – Havasu News: Nation And World

Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of an iguana named Godzilla from an outdoor area in front of a pet store in Paramount. The Sheriff’s Department says surveillance video shows a man in baggy clothing taking the iguana from the fenced area Monday afternoon. The theft drew television news coverage and Godzilla was recovered when the owner of another pet shop recognized the iguana as one that had been purchased from someone on Tuesday. Detectives are using security video to try to identify the thief.
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Gecko Vs. Crocodile Feud Traps Indonesia’s Reformist President – Yahoo News

Recommended: Asia’s troubled waters: What’s going on in the South China Sea? Take our quiz. The alliance between Megawati, the daughter of Indonesias first president, and Widodo, a self-made businessman, has long been uneasy.
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Kanye West Flashback: Kanye As Axl, Elvis, Ozzy And The Lizard King | Guestlisted | With Jed Gottlieb | Boston Herald

In 2006, he stormed the stage at the MTV Europe Music Awards to complain about not winning an award he was nominated for – a move fast becoming his signature. What’s next? He needs to remain a star long enough to do something spectacularly shocking. Rumors are that Fame Kills ticket sales were slow. Strange, considering how Kanye’s 2008 Glow in the Dark tour was a worldwide hit and Lady Gaga is ’09’s biggest breakthrough star. The backlash may be killing him already. Outrageous, unpredictable rock ‘n’ roll madmen can fade fast.
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Exclusive Video: It’s Backstrom vs. Bones! – Today’s News: Our Take | TVGuide.com

Rainn Wilson,  Emily Deschanel

Bones! For starters, they were both created by Hart Hanson and were both adapted from popular book series. (They will also be paired together on Thursday nights when Bones returns in March). But even though Bones’ Temperance Brennan ( Emily Deschanel ) and Backstrom’s Everett Backstrom ( Rainn Wilson ) both solve crimes, the two sleuths couldn’t be more different. Winter TV: Check out all the must-see new shows “She is a character who you would call very, very rational,” Hanson says in the exclusive behind-the-scenes video below, which also features some hilarious new footage from Bones’ return. “What Backstrom has to say does not come from the outer edge of the brain. He just [speaks] from his gut.” Adds Wilson: “He’s a lizard-monkey detective.” Trust us, that will make much more sense after you click play below. Backstrom airs Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox. Bones returns March 26 at 8/7c.
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Rare Case Of Conjoined Lizard Twins Reported At Zoo – Yahoo News

Another clutch from the same parents, laid in September 2009, included a dead, malformed hatchling. “Interesting for us was that both clutches of the same pair comprised malformed offspring, which indicates that this probably did not happen coincidentally,” said Mona van Schingen, a reptile expert at the University of Cologne in Germany and co-author of the report. The lizards’ heads and abdominal tissues were conjoined, but each had a body that was generally well-developed, including entire limbs and tails , according to the report. Both the conjoined lizards and the dead, malformed hatchling that was found in the other clutch had curved spinal columns, and the skin on their undersides had not fully formed, so their bellies were open and their internal organs were visible.
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Iguana Stolen From Paramount Pet Store Returned To Owner « Cbs Los Angeles

When the proprietors of a Huntington Park pet store saw a KCAL9report about Godzilla, they realized they had purchased a stolen iguana for $200 and contacted owner Holly Cepeda. Godzilla is back home now, Lindblom said, and investigators seek the thief. Cepeda, who said Godzilla is tame and loved by customers, gave the other pet store operator $200 for returning the 7-year-old iguana, according to a broadcast report. (2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Detectives investigating theft of ‘Godzilla’ the iguana – Havasu News: Nation And World

Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of an iguana named Godzilla from an outdoor area in front of a pet store in Paramount. The Sheriff’s Department says surveillance video shows a man in baggy clothing taking the iguana from the fenced area Monday afternoon. The theft drew television news coverage and Godzilla was recovered when the owner of another pet shop recognized the iguana as one that had been purchased from someone on Tuesday.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.havasunews.com/nation/detectives-investigating-theft-of-godzilla-the-iguana/article_a50d9960-adfb-11e4-80d6-937de2f7fbb1.html