Flying Gecko Facts


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Flying geckos are pretty amazing creatures. Their ability is not only limited to sticking on walls and ceilings, but they can also glide through the air!  The fact is, they don’t actually fly but when they leap from the branches, they use their webbed feet, and their skin flaps in order to glide. They also make use of their tails in shifting their weight to land at their desired destination

Interesting Facts About Flying Geckos

Why should you care about flying geckos?

 

For some, flying geckos play an important role in their ecosystems by controlling insect populations. They can also be the prey for certain animals such as snakes, birds, and other bigger reptiles. Furthermore, these creatures are often used in traditional medicines for their alleged healing properties. However, for hobbyist, these creatures are pets which is worthy of love and affection. 

 

In this blog post, we will learn interesting facts about flying geckos and why they make good pets for anyone. 

Behavior

There are about 1,500 species of lizards in the world and one of which is the flying gecko.  They got their name from their large webbed feet, which help them glide between trees. These creatures are typically nocturnal which means they are active at night. During the day, they like to hide on branches. At night, they come out to hunt for food.

 

One of the most amazing abilities of this animal is its ability to glide as far as 200 feet or 60 meters!

History of Nature

The flying gecko originated in Southeast Asia. There are few theories about how the flying gecko evolved its gliding ability. One theory contends that the ancestors of the flying gecko were arboreal species that needed a way to escape from predators. This defense mechanism is innate in every animal for the pursuit of survival. 

 

 

Another reason for their adaptability can also be attributed to their need for relocation or their transfer from one place to another. Normally, animals transfer location because of the scarcity of food or the destruction of their natural habitat.

 

Whatever the reason for its evolution, the flying gecko’s gliding ability is impressive and entertaining.

Reproduction

 

One of the most interesting things about flying geckos is their mating behavior. Male flying geckos will often fight with each not only because they are territorial but also to seek attention from females. The winner of these battles will get to mate with multiple females.

 

Flying geckos reach sexual maturity at 1.5 years. Once they reach maturity, these lizards will mate with any willing partner of the opposite sex. After successful mating, the female will travel to an area with soft soil where it can dig a burrow in order to lay its eggs. But generally, most flying geckos attach their eggs to the surface of the cage. 

 

Once incubated, eggs will hatch approximately two months after they are laid and newly hatched lizards will arise. 

Captive Care

The first thing you need to do is set up a comfortable home for your new pet. Flying geckos are arboreal, which means they like to live in trees. Hence, they require vertical space rather than horizontal space. A 10-gallon terrarium is typically sufficient for one or two flying geckos. 

 

Flying geckos are tropical animals, so it is important to maintain a warm and humid environment. The ideal temperature range for flying geckos is 70-85%. The temperature, on the other hand, must be within 78 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Flying geckos are insectivores, so their diet consists primarily of insects such as crickets, roaches, and mealworms, etch. You can purchase live insects at your local pet store or online. If you opt for live insects, be sure that they are appropriately sized for your gecko. You should also dust the insects with calcium powder before offering them to your gecko to ensure that they get the nutrients they need. Adult flying geckos should be fed every other day, while juveniles should be fed daily. 

 

Anatomy

 

We learned that flying geckos are not actually capable of flight in a real sense. Rather, they glide from place to place using flaps. This outstanding gecko reaches only the maximum size of 6 to 8 inches but what makes the extraordinary is its physical features.

 

Flying geckos use their tails to stay in the air. A flying gecko’s tail is incredibly thin and long, and it acts as an instrument to help the gecko steer as it glides. The gecko also has flattened toe pads that are covered in microscopic hairs. All of these help the gecko launch itself into the air and land at different locations.

Survival Tactics

Unlike their ground-dwelling relatives, flying geckos have flat bodies and very large skin flaps that stretch between their legs. When they want to move in the air, they run up a tree or other tall object and then launch themselves. And if it needs to make a sudden turn or stop, it can just open up its skin flaps to slow itself down. This skill is their way to avoid predators and continue their survival. 

 

Flying geckos can also drop their tail to escape from their predators whenever they are attacked or threatened.

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