Just in time for the final season of Game of Thrones, LSC has a new animal resident that resembles one of Daenerys’ fire-breathing dragons: the crested gecko!
Much smaller in size than the creatures on the show, crested geckos (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) are native to the rainforests of New Caledonia, which are islands off the coast of Eastern Australia. They are easily distinguished by the eyelash-like crests of skin that extend above their eyes and heads.
These geckos are impressive climbers, and you can find them clinging to vertical surfaces with ease. The secret? At the bottom of each of their toes and at the end of their tail is a network of hairs called setae that allow these animals to exploit weak electrostatic forces and become daring climbers. With this talent in their tool kit, these arboreal creatures can jump from branch to branch in search of fruit and small insects.
Meet the crested gecko on your next visit to LSC! Catch them during an animal presentation in our Eat and Be Eaten exhibition, home to 100+ more fascinating animal species.
And if you're hyped for the final season of Game of Thrones, be sure to check out our Game of Thrones-themed LSC After Dark event, "Whiskey in Westeroes," on April 18, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. For guests 21 and over only. Click here for more information and to get tickets.