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Gekkonidae

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Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum/Division:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Gekkonidae

Description

This is a family of lizards with large eyes (usually without eyelids), and thin skins with tiny scales. Some species can vocalise, and many have the ability to shed their tails to escape from predators. A lost tail is usually soon replaced by a regenerated one.

At least 15 species are recorded from Singapore, all insectivorous with arboreal and nocturnal habits. Members of the genera Gehyra, Gekko, Hemidactylus (including Cosymbotus), Hemiphyllodactylus, Lepidodactylus, Luperosaurus and Ptychozoon have enlarged toe pads covered with numerous minute hairs with an adhesive function. This allows them to walk on walls and even upside-down on ceilings.

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