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Geckos of Hong Kong. Part II of II. Amazing facts 5-7.

March 26, 2018

For the amazing Gecko facts 1-4, please see yesterday's blog.

5. Some species are parthenogenetic, that is, the females are capable

of reproducing clonally without fertilization.

6. They normally lay just two eggs, but geckos will often find the same place to lay eggs, along with many other "mothers".  Little ones hatch after just 2-6 months.
The picture above shows a female after laying her two eggs, whilst below a typical "safe" area for egg laying may have hundreds of egg cases.

7. Their first appearance can be dated back to the Eocene (i.e. 38 – 54 million years ago), so a successful species which will probably outlive humans.
 

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