Gecko Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What are geckos? What do they look like? Where do they live? What do they eat? This lesson will answer all of these questions and teach you lots of facts about geckos!

What Are Geckos?

Your friend tells you that there is an animal called a gecko, and that these animals can lick their own eyeballs. You think there is no way that is true. What are geckos?

A leopard gecko

Geckos are lizards, which are members of the reptile family. Reptiles are cold-blooded animals that lay eggs. There are more 1,000 different species, or kinds, of geckos. They are divided into two main groups- geckos with eyelids that can blink like people, and geckos without eyelids that cannot blink. Geckos are usually very small, shorter than one foot long. That's shorter than a ruler! Geckos have pads on their toes, and these pads have tiny hairs on them that help them grab smooth surfaces and climb. Geckos are really good climbers and can often be seen on the side of buildings and surfaces. Geckos have long tails that help them balance as they climb.

Where Do Geckos Live?

This gecko is using camouflage to blend in. Can you even see the gecko in the picture?

Since geckos are cold-blooded animals, they need to live in warm places so they can stay warm. They live on every continent in the world except Antarctica. Geckos can live in lots of different habitats including forests, deserts, and grasslands. Geckos use camouflage to blend in with leaves, branches, and rocks. Camouflage is a way animals disguise themselves by blending in with their surroundings.

What Do Geckos Eat?

Geckos are omnivores. This means that they eat both plants and animals. Geckos hunt for their food at night. They eat lots of different things, like fruit, spiders, insects, and even mice! Geckos keep extra fat in their tails, and this helps them get energy to stay alive even when they cannot find food.

How Do Geckos Grow?

Baby geckos hatch after about two months.

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