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Gecko Gets a New Tux

From a high ground patio up on a hill overlooking St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, we saw this strange little character who was shedding his coat.  We were amazed to see a lizard who was midway in the process of the change.  I never knew they did that and it was a nice surprise to see it in action.  The link at the end of the story is a uTube video on the process and it’s quite interesting how the Leopard Gecko goes about the entire shedding.   I don’t think the gecko we found was a Leopard Gecko based on the shape of his face and body but they did look similar in color though the one in the picture is darker in color.  I tried to find this one on the internet but couldn’t find a match.  If you happen to know what he is, please let me know!

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First the Gecko finds a humid area to begin the shedding and soften the skin.  They lick their own face to loosen the skin and then rub their face and body against a surface of any type.  Supposedly they grab against their skin, pull it off  and then eat it but we didn’t see this in real life.

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Our Gecko looks like he is basking in the sun and letting the heat dry away the skin instead of how it’s described in the video.  He found a wonderful place to rest as the wooden fencing was bright and colorful; offering a perfect background for the pictures.

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Hope you enjoy the video, too.  It really is a cute little creature up close in the video.  He looked like he knew he was being filmed and seemed to have a big smile on his face.

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