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African Fat-tailed Gecko   (Hemitheconyx caudicinctus)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

This nocturnal, ground-dwelling gecko is named for its adaptation of storing fat in its tail - these energy reserves allow the gecko to survive for many days without food if needed. They are becoming popular pets due to their docile temperament and ability to thrive in captivity.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_fat-tailed_gecko

http://www.theurbangecko.com/caring-african-fat-tailed-gecko

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Reptilia
Order - Squamata
Family - Gekkonidae
Genus - Hemitheconyx
Species - H. caudicinctus

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

The report of my breath was an exaggeration

For years, the Komodo dragon was accused of having a mouth so filthy that even if you escaped its terrible bite, you were doomed to eventually die from the ensuing bacterial infection. However, recent studies on Komodo dragons demonstrated that this was unfair, as they have mouths cleaner than many mammalian carnivores. It turns out the reality is worse than the myth: they have poison glands! Komodo dragons produce a venom that sends prey into shock while keeping its blood from clotting. A deer or pig who “escapes” will run off and go into shock, often bleeding out from its wounds within 3 hours, leaving an easy treat for the dragon.

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