Mauritanian gecko, Tarentola, camouflaged on bark

Mauritanian gecko, Tarentola, camouflaged on bark

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mauritanian gecko, Tarentola mauritanica, camou- flaged on bark. Also known as the common gecko. Here, the cork-oak bark dotted with bird droppings is accurately mimicked by the skin of this gecko. The behaviour of the gecko is to remain still. In this way it blends into its environment, and is protected against predators. Tarentola is easily able to climb vertical surfaces and even hang up- side down. The toes on its feet are broadened with lamellate cushions containing hook cells which enable it to cling. The eyes have a vertical pupil for sight in dim light. Tarentola ranges across coastal areas of the Mediterranean.

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Keywords: animal, camouflage, gecko, mauritanian, mauritanian gecko, mimicry, nature, reptile, reptilia, tarentola mauritanica, type, wildlife, zoology

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