The National Geographic Museum staff purchased a crested gecko in early August. As yet, we don’t know if it’s a male or female, and it doesn’t have a name. That’s where you come in! Visit http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/ and scroll down to see the poll and vote for your favorite gecko name.
The gecko will be used for educational demonstrations during the upcoming exhibition, Geckos: Tails to Toepads. “It is a lot of fun having an office pet,” said Elena Guarinello, National Geographic Museum program manager . “During meetings we can see the gecko hunting crickets or warming itself under the terrarium lights. Every morning I start my workday by spritzing water around the terrarium both to help with the humidity and to create droplets on the leaves and glass for the gecko to drink. I also hold it for about five minutes each morning. The gecko was skittish at first but after about three weeks it calmed down and will now spend about five minutes crawling from one of my hands to the other. Sometimes it will even hang upside from one of my fingers!”
Get gecko facts in the Creature Feature on National Geographic Kids.
Want to visit the gecko? Visit the National Geographic Museum’s Geckos:Tails to Toepads gecko exhibit, which will be open from September 24, 2010 to January 5, 2011.
Print out a gecko mask and coloring pages on National Geographic Little Kids.
Photo courtesy Elena Guarinello