We watched a friend’s Crested Gecko for a couple weeks, and the kids really enjoyed having him in the house! I had expected the novelty of having a gecko as a pet to wear off, but with my kids they became more attached to “Gecky” as time went by – especially 18-month-old Anna!
Learning about Geckos
My kids learned a lot about crested geckos by observing Gecky. Their observations also led to questions, so we did some research to answer their questions. Gecky’s ability to walk on glass was particularly fascinating – and even more interesting once we read about it! Most animals that can walk on glass create a sticky substance that they use to hold on; geckos can walk on glass because of their very specialized feet! They use a combination of Van der Waals forces and friction to stay put – so they are able to walk across glass without leaving any evidence that they were there. Amazing!!!
If you look closely at the pictures, you will also notice that Gecky changes color! Gecky was usually green in the evening, and darker during the day. He would even change to a dark blue/purple color in the sunshine! Crested geckos also love to jump, so you have to be very careful when holding them.
Crested geckos are pretty large geckos – they grow from 8-10 inches long. We didn’t think to measure Gecky, but I think he was probably close to inches long if you include his tail. He was very easy to look after, and I know my kids would love to borrow him again!
Mike has too many allergies for us to have a dog, cat, or bird, but we could have a gecko or a fish. Do you have any pets?
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What fun and educational after school activities did your family enjoy this week? Please share you elementary school aged activities in the linky below, remembering that by doing so you are giving the linky hosts permission to feature your post and to pin it to our After School Activities board on Pinterest. I enjoyed all of the spring-themed posts that were linked up last week, especially this Spring Flower Garden from Mothers Madness and this Hot Air Balloon Craft Tutorial from Cards, Crafts, Kids Projects.