Grab summer by the tail and visit Fernbank Museum for a very special exhibit: “GECKOS: Tails to Toepads.” Opening today (two days early!) – Wednesday, May 26, 2010 and running through September 6, 2010, GECKOS is an amazing live exhibit featuring over a dozen species of geckos in custom recreated natural habitats – from rainforests to deserts. These colorful creatures will delight and amaze all ages!
In some cases, you’ll have to look pretty closely – some of the geckos can camouflage themselves to look live leaves, bamboo, sticks, and rocks, so spotting them can be a challenge. It’s a little like a more fun version of “Where’s Waldo?” There are gorgeous green varieties (think of a certain insurance company spokesgecko), spectacular speckled varieties, and spooky leaf-tailed types (one of my particular favorites: the Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko – no joke!). They are all pretty active – not like some animal exhibits where you never see the animals themselves; revisit what was a seemingly empty habitat 15 minutes before and you’ll find it has come alive. Consider yourself lucky if you get to spot the Chinese Cave Geckos – they hang out in their (you guessed it!) cave and are secretive and mysterious.
There are also interactive kiosks with games and educational tidbits about geckos, experiencing night-vision, listening to a gecko’s call, learning about geckos’ adhesion (how do their toepads stick anyway?), and a look at a couple of species of genetically-engineered geckos that scientists have created through special breeding. If you look closely, you may see a couple of eggs – some of the geckos laid eggs just before the exhibit opened! There are even periodic animal encounters featuring Prince Charming, Fernbank’s own resident Leopard Gecko (inquire at the Museum for more information about animal encounters).
Visit our Facebook page for more photos of these amazing creatures – or better yet, visit Fernbank museum to see them in person!
WHERE: GECKOS: Tails to Toepads at Fernbank Museum – 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA