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The Strange Eyes of the Gecko

Leaf-tailed geckos have the most amazing looking eyes. Their pupils are not round but vertical and covered by pinholes that widen at night to they can see as much light as possible. The eyes of the gecko have more light-sensitive cells than human eyes have. It can, therefore, pick out objects and even see colors at night.

The leaf-tailed gecko and other nocturnal gecko species have the ability to see up to 350 times better in the dimmest light. If looked at closely their eyes have unusual and intricate eye patterns that provide camouflage. They don’t have eyelids instead their eyes are protected by a transparent membrane. The gecko can clean this membrane with its tongue.

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  1. In thailand there is a legend about the Gecko. That the number of times the one nearest to you says its name, tells how important you are. we used to listen to them at night hoping they would reach the level of very important person.

    They never did.

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