by Eric Lyons, M.Min.
You may think that geckos are merely cute, little lizards that occasionally appear in car insurance but the truth is, these remarkable reptiles are loaded with design. In a way, they are like miniature superheroes that can take out pests, escape danger, and walk up walls.
When you have an insect pest problem, who do you call? Most people call an exterminator who sprays chemicals and sets out glue boards in hopes of ridding your house of pests. Perhaps everyone should just invest in some of God’s geckos. After all, these little reptiles are known to eat in one night as much as 50% of their body weight in insects, including cockroaches, crickets, and beetles. Geckos can be great to have around the house or at work. At Apologetics Press, where this magazine is published, we have several geckos that often hunt insects just outside the front door. We welcome these little insect-ingesting critters that remind us of God’s creative designs and power.
Many species of geckos also have an amazing escape maneuver when caught by the tail by predators. Geckos don’t play dead or become invisible; they actually self-amputate their tails. If a predator catches a gecko by the tail, the lizard contracts its tail muscles in such a way that a tail bone (called a vertebra) breaks. Thus, the gecko is able to get away, while the predator is left holding the detached part of the tail. Amazingly, over the next few months the gecko grows a new tail, complete with tough tissue, muscles, and scales….
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