Wherever ones goes in Namibia there are geckos – the real ones (Namibia has 12 families of gecko), and the decorative ones. Geckos are a type of lizard with some really unique features.
Firstly, the noise they make to communicate with other geckos is unique to this type of lizard. In fact the English word “gecko” originates from the Indonesian-Malay gēkoq, which is an imitation of the sound geckos make.
Two other major features which distinguish geckos from ordinary lizards, is that most geckos species don’t have moveable eyelids, and they have unique feet. Not having moveable eyelids means that they cannot blink, so have to wipe their eyes with their tongues. Imagine if you could do that! Gecko toes have special adaptations which allow them to stick to dry surfaces. So they have the ability to climb very smooth vertical surfaces, and hang upside down from horizontal ones. You can read more about geckos here.
I chose the gecko as the “logo” for my blog, as it reminded me of the sound of the Kalahari bush. So naturally when I see a gecko or lizard (real or decorative), I have to take a photo of it. Some of the decorative ones look like lizard-gecko hybrids! Here are several of those I saw in Namibia – I especially liked the mosaic ones.