How do geckos walk upside down?



  • Geckos are the type of lizard belonging to the kingdom Animalia and phylum Chordata.
  • Geckos belong to the class reptilia and order squamata.
  • Geckos are the small lizard mostly found in warm climatic conditions across the world.
  • The average size of geckos can range from 1.6 cm to 60 cm in size.
  • Commonly geckos are known to converse among themselves through the chirping and clicking sound.
  • Majority of the geckos are found to be nocturnal animal.
  • Geckos are basically known to feed on mosquitoes and insects such as moths.
  • It is estimated that there are more than 1850 species of geckos all around the globe.
  • Geckos are known to be ectothermic in nature. Ectothermic are those species which has relatively very low level of internal heat, hence making them depend on the environmental conditions for its heat.

How do geckos walk upside down?

  • Geckos are known to walk along the walls or even upside down the floor.
  • The main basic reason for this special ability of geckos can be said as because of the presence of billions of tiny hairs on their feet.
  • These tiny hairs are known as spatulae.
  • These hairs are so small that they are not visible through naked eye.
  • A group of specified area of spatulae is termed as setae.
  • However, when these hairs come in contact with any surface they wedge between the atoms of surface and forms molecular bond with the wall along with direct contact with it.
  • Geckos does not require any additional material for its stickiness to work.

Fun Facts:

  1. Geckos excellent ability of its toe sticking to any surface has one exceptional, it can not stick on Teflon.
  2. Geckos are known to have excellent vision of eye, their eyes are said to be 350 times more sensitive to light as compared to human eye.
  3. Many species of geckos are known to have no eyelid.

Related Questions:

  1. What are different species of geckos?
  2. Who are the predators of geckos?
  3. What kind of habitat a gecko require?

True or False:

  1. Geckos are a type of mosquito.
  2. Geckos belong to kingdom Animalia.
  3. Geckos are known to walk upside down the wall.
  4. Geckos are known to live in extreme conditions.
  5. Geckos are said to be octurnal animal.

Objective Quiz:

  1. Geckos are found to be ______.
    1. Nocturnal animal.
    2. Octurnal animal.
    3. None of the above.
    4. Both 1 and 2.
  2. Geckos can converse among themselves by _______.
    1. Clicking.
    2. Chirping.
    3. Both 1 and 2.
    4. None of the above.
  3. Geckos are known to belong to the class ________.
    1. Reptilia.
    2. Animalia.
    3. Chordata.
    4. Squamata.
  4. Geckos can feed on ________.
    1. Mosquitoes.
    2. Moths.
    3. Both 1 and 2.
    4. None of the above.
  5. Geckos are found to be _________ in nature.
    1. Nocturnal.
    2. Octurnal.
    3. Both 1 and 2.
    4. None of the above.

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