Palmato Gecko cleaning eye with tongue

Palmato Gecko cleaning eye with tongue

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Credit: TONY CAMACHO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Extremely sensitive to heat, the Palmato Gecko (pachydactylus rangei) only emerges after dark and remains active till dawn or on cool days. It lives underground in the dunes. It feeds on smaller insects and arachnids and is preyed on by dancing white lady spiders, hunting spiders and the sidewinding adder. The image shows the Gecko using its tongue to clean sand particles off its eyes as it spends alot of time underground does not have eye lids.Photographed in the Namib Desert near Swakopmund, Namibia, Southern Africa.

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Keywords: africa, arid, burrower, carnivore, dry, gecko, herpetology, insectivore, insectivorous, large eyes, lizard, namib, namib desert, namibia, nature, pachydactylus rangei, palmato gecko, palmatogecko rangei, reptile, swakopmund, tongue, web-footed gecko, wildlife

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