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Geckos invade Philly museum

Geckos get around. They're among the most diverse and widely distributed lizards, populating every continent except Antarctica and inhabiting everything from tropical beaches and humid rainforests to chilly mountain ranges and arid deserts. This Saturday (May 30), geckos are making an appearance at The Academy of Natural Sciences (ANS) in Philadelphia. The traveling exhibit, "Geckos -- Tails to Toepads" will be open for public viewing until Labor Day (September 7). The exhibit, operated by link

Jef Akst
Jef Akst

Jef Akst is managing editor of The Scientist, where she started as an intern in 2009 after receiving a master’s degree from Indiana University in April 2009 studying the mating behavior of seahorses.

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Geckos get around. They're among the most diverse and widely distributed lizards, populating every continent except Antarctica and inhabiting everything from tropical beaches and humid rainforests to chilly mountain ranges and arid deserts. This Saturday (May 30), geckos are making an appearance at The Academy of Natural Sciences (ANS) in Philadelphia. The traveling exhibit, "Geckos -- Tails to Toepads" will be open for public viewing until Labor Day (September 7). The exhibit, operated by linkurl:Clyde Peeling's Reptiland,;http://www.reptiland.com/ features 19 species of live geckos from five different continents, brilliant photos, and several interactive activities, including experiencing gecko night vision and searching for the camouflaged gecko in a series of photographs. This exhibit also explores the potential for co-opting some of the gecko's remarkable adaptations for use in human engineering, said Janette Grieb, a public program coordinator and the "gecko liaison" for ANS. Scientists "are even looking into the eyeballs of geckos...
Geckos -- Tails to Toepads

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