Archive for February, 2012

Lizard again

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

I met my crawly friend again today! Outside the kitchen on a pot plant. This time under very different lighting conditions. It had just rained and was still rather greyish and cloudy. The gecko lizard looked different too, but it had to be the same gecko lizard. I surmise that it must be its camouflage that was affecting how it looked.

Looking a different colour today, on the plant

I didn’t dare go very near, was afraid I would scare it away as it was eyeing me suspiciously. Actually, I was more afraid of it somehow jumping onto me!!!

There is an ant on top of his mouth

After a few shots I noticed that there was an ant on it. It was not bothered with the ant but was still eyeing me. Then the ant crawled close to its eye, and it closed its eyes!!! I read somewhere that geckos apparently don’t have eyelids, but has some kind of clear membrane over their eyes. But with this gecko, it looked very much like eyelids to me. The lid did look like they close upward.

Close eyed

After a few more shots, I thought, hmmm what if I used the flash. Well, it didn’t like that and promptly hurried away and I did the same too!!!!!

 

Note : Thanks to Felix’s observations and comments, I know that this little fella is not a gecko, that I had originally thought it was. Below are some excerpts from http://www.diffen.com/difference/Gecko_vs_Lizard that lists some of the  differences between lizards and geckos. 

Lizards are reptiles of the order Squamata, normally possessing four legs, external ear openings and movable eyelids. Geckos are small to average sized lizards belonging to the family Gekkonidae which are found in warm climates throughout the world. Geckos differ from other lizards in terms of their living conditions, physical charateristics and their eating habits.

Physical Charateristics

  • Both the animals are four legged and cold blooded. Both have certain species that can change colors to camouflage.
  • While most lizards have dry and scaly skin, the Gecko’s skin is  thin with small bumps on it.
  • Lizards possess external ears and movable eyelids while Geckos have no eyelids but have a transparent membrane which they lick to clean. Night hunting Geckos have large pupils.
  • While some species of Geckos may expel a foul spelling material and feces on to their aggressors in defense, lizards aren’t known to do that.
  • Some species of Geckos of specialised toe pads that enable them to climb vertical surfaces while Lizards aren’t known to have them.
  • Most Geckos have broad toes covered with flaps of skin containing thousands of bristles and Lizards have clawed feet.
  • Most Geckos can shed their tails and a new one can grow in its place, Lizards are also known to have a fragile, detachable tail.