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Madagascar giant day gecko

By MSA 2005 Map showing rainforests habitats in Madagascar


Class Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus and species: Phelsuma madagascariensis
This lizard walks up walls and across ceilings using millions of tiny “foot-hairs”, or setae, on its toes to hold on. When walking, geckos curl up their toes to peel the setae off the surface, rocking to and fro with every step.

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