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RE: Day gecko can't climb the walls...

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Posted by: zbass222 at Sun Feb 15 09:36:39 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by zbass222 ]  
   

Geckos have self cleaning feet. It's a pretty remarkable system. Usually, the millions of spatulae on a gecko's feet create enough attractive force to hold them to the wall. These same forces (van der waals) will also pick up dirt. Bummer for the gecko right? Not so... There are so few hairs/spatulae sticking to each dirt particle that when the gecko walks along a clean surface the dirt is attracted to the wall rather than the foot. This removes all dirt and allows the gecko to regain its adhesion.

I've seen it many many times with dirt, chalk, etc. Grease I'm not so sure about however. Through enough running around, his feet should eventually clean themselves as per usual but could perhaps take slightly longer than with dirt. However, if the problem is still occurring after multiple days then something could be amiss. What sort of cage/substrate etc? Is he still having trouble?





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