Celebrating 50 Years as the Elkins public library!
I am a Flame Crested Gecko. I came to the library June 2, 2021 when I was only One month old. I live in the Children's Area and love playing hide-and-seek!
As a crested Gecko I am social and friendly, but since I am a reptile, it seems different than it does with domesticated mammals you are accustomed to being around. I will be reptile friendly, not dog-friendly, and fortunately not cat-friendly.
I fair better with human contact than those of my own species, which tend to be territorial. For humans, I am a calm, meek lizard that doesn’t like rough handling. I get frightened easily and have a fragile body. As a baby I tend to JUMP. And when excited (happy, scared, anxious) I "Fire Up" or turn a dark red color.
Despite being cold-blooded, I am actually quite pleased with visitors. (I'm seen here high-fiving my new buddy at the library.) Stop in and see if you can find me in my cool new habitat!
My activity level depends on the time of day and how old I am at the time of your visit. I am crepuscular, which means I'm active during the early dawn and dusk hours, unlike nocturnal animals that are active only at night. Typically I sleep during the day, and I like to hide, so you'll have to find me!
The food here at the library is actually good! Who knew librarians could cook? I get a variety of food and tasty treats, such as these:
Crested gecko comes from South Province, New Caledonia. Long believed extinct, the species was rediscovered in 1994 after a tropical storm. It is currently being assessed for endangered species protection and vulnerable status. The biggest threat to the wild population seems to be the introduction of the little fire ant to New Caledonia. The ants prey on geckos, stinging and attacking in great numbers, and they also compete with the geckos for food by preying on arthropod.
Crested geckos are among the largest gecko species and typically range from 6–10 inches (15–25 cm) in length, including 4–6 inches (10–15 cm) of tail length. Among the most distinctive features of these geckos are the hair-like projections found above the eyes, which greatly resemble eyelashes. Crested geckos also have two rows of spines that run from the sides of their wedge-shaped head to the base of their tail. Crested geckos do not have eyelids and so they use their long tongues to moisten their eyes and remove debris.
Crested gecko, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Crested_gecko&oldid=1026600067 (last visited June 3, 2021).