Hunting gecko

Hunting gecko

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Credit: PETER SCOONES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hunting gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) stalking a butterfly. This gecko feeds on insects and other arthropods, sneaking up on its prey before seizing it in its mouth. The victim is then struck against the ground or a wall and swallowed. The gecko is a nocturnal lizard which possesses fleshy toe pads covered with microscopic ridges and hairs. These allow it to cling to smooth surfaces such as walls and ceilings. Photographed in Brunei.

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Keywords: animal, behaviour, brunei, butterfly, carnivore, carnivorous, feeding, food, gecko, hemidactylus frenatus, hunter, hunting, lepidoptera, lepidopteran, nature, nocturnal, predator, predatory, prey, reptile, reptilia, stalking, wildlife, zoology

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