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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Categories: Gecko, Photography, St. Thomas. USVI, USVI

Author:kcinaz

Lets talk about the two sides of me. I am a Gemini just so you know. The first side of me is the cooking and entertaining part. This is a major part of my life and I wouldn't be fulfilled without it. Of course, we all have to eat, but the main part of cooking for me is entertaining and sharing fun and flavorful foods with great friends. Dinner parties, happy hours and well, most anything to do with food is where I begin to enjoy. My other side, the artsy side is a craving for art, painting and photography. Maybe this is my Gemini left side of the brain?? Since starting to write a Blog I've picked back up what hubby calls my big ass camera and started carting it around again. He’s always afraid I will ask him to carry it. I keep thinking that when I retire (?#&*!!!) that I will have time to read all the photography books in my library and become a superb photographer. Wishful thinking.

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