Illustration Daily – Day 59: Gecko

There are approximately 1,500 species of geckos in existence, and this one based on the leopard gecko is about to have dinner. Geckos, of course, have the ability to climb on practically any surface with their specially adapted toes. They also have unique tails that they use for fat storage, balance, camouflage, and as a distraction for predators in a emergency. Because the tail is an extension of the spinal cord, once the gecko separates the tail from its body it can move for up to 30 minutes to entice predators away from the body of the lizard. In 6 to 8 weeks the gecko will fully regrow the tail.

059Gecko

Gecko, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board

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