Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Geckos of Costa Rica.....Friend, Foe or Both?
Upon arriving to Costa Rica, the first encounter I had with Geckos was at night as we sat quietly rocking our chairs on
It is said that having Geckos in your house is actually a good omen. Whether that is true or not is up for dispute, but the fact that these lizards are handy little pest controllers is impossible to argue after you have seen them in action.
These little lizards ability to scurry up a wall, hang upside down from ceilings and beams, cling effortlessly to all surface types including wood, glass, metal, plastic, fabric, etc, as well as maneuver on smooth, bumpy or even wet surfaces is bound to make even the biggest lizard skeptic find a new admiration for these versatile little critters.
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Geckos are also enthusiastic little pro-creators. The females normally lay two eggs at a time in secure hidden places that can sometimes
Truly one of the most fascinating aspects of the Gecko life is their unique ability to climb and stick to just about anything! Most Van der Waals Force". Say what?? Through further examination, it would appear that each Gecko toe has a network of millions of tiny hairs (Setae) that are tipped with tiny little pads that produce
Beyond the Gecko's handy insect control capabilities, they possess other distinctive characteristics that are rather endearing.
Costa Rica hotels, homes, sodas or jungle areas for the opportunity to observe, befriend and photograph your new little lizard companions. Not only will they laugh along with you, but they will make every effort to keep you mosquito bite free! So it just goes to show....it's not just the "Ticos" that are friendly, their lizards are friendly too!! Now that surely is another example of Pura Vida!!
Kimberly Barron, originally from Malibu, California has lived in Parismina and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica for 20 years. Starting as a certified tour guide, she spent 15 years managing fishing lodges on the Caribbean Coast and later 4* & 5* Hotels on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Currently semi-retired, Kimberly still works as the Marketing Director for Byblos Resort & Casino and owns her own Costa Rica Vacation Rental Homes business, Manuel Antonio Rental Homes.