Which of us in child­hood did not catch lizards and put them on our shoul­ders? The main thing is not to acci­den­tal­ly pull the tail =) We present to your atten­tion a selec­tion of the 12 most beau­ti­ful geck­os on our plan­et!

The most beautiful geckos in the world

These cute lit­tle crea­tures are actu­al­ly quite com­plex, for exam­ple, lizards have no eye­lids at all, only a trans­par­ent mem­brane that they peri­od­i­cal­ly clean with their tongue, and thou­sands of suck­ers on minia­ture paws have repeat­ed­ly con­fused many sci­en­tists.


In addi­tion, many lizards, as we remem­ber, can drop their tail, and then grow it again! This defense mech­a­nism fol­lowed by regen­er­a­tion is non­sense at all and lizards, as far as I know, are the only liv­ing crea­tures on the plan­et capa­ble of such an amaz­ing trans­for­ma­tion! By the way, I think many peo­ple remem­ber that the tail does not imme­di­ate­ly die after it is dis­card­ed, but moves and wrig­gles … A ter­ri­ble sight))


Well, I think it’s time to final­ly move on to our “hit parade” =) So, on the 12th place sits the Turk­ish gecko, also known as the Mediter­ranean domes­tic lizard. This minia­ture (fin­ger-sized) crea­ture usu­al­ly lives in hid­den places of hous­es, for exam­ple, inside walls and rafters, and is noc­tur­nal — it crawls out of its shel­ter to feast on moths and roach­es.

Turkish gecko

If you put the Turk­ish gecko on a trans­par­ent glass table and look from below, you can see its entire inter­nal struc­ture, because the tum­my of many rep­re­sen­ta­tives of rep­tiles is almost as trans­par­ent as glass.


On the 11th place, the Mada­gas­car day gecko is com­fort­ably locat­ed (although such geck­os are also found in Hawaii, they just found the first ones in Mada­gas­car — they called it that). In the pho­to, some­thing like a bat­tle for ter­ri­to­ry between two indi­vid­u­als of this species is tak­ing place.

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They are dis­tin­guished from oth­er lizards by three red stripes in the low­er back and blue cir­cles around the eyes (appar­ent­ly from fre­quent lack of sleep), and they can eat almost every­thing, from pollen and nec­tar to small insects and even small lizards. In length, Mada­gas­car day geck­os usu­al­ly reach 15–20 cen­time­ters.

Madagascar day gecko

10th place is occu­pied by anoth­er diur­nal lizard from Mada­gas­car, which dif­fers from the pre­vi­ous species in a large num­ber of red dots on its back and in size — this is the largest gecko lead­ing a diur­nal lifestyle, reach­ing a length of 23 cen­time­ters.

Giant day gecko

Feeds on Mada­gas­carien­sis in prin­ci­ple, the same as his small­er coun­ter­part, except that you can also add fruits to his diet)


In 9th place, there is an amaz­ing yel­low-fin­gered lizard Ligo­dacty­lus, liv­ing in the bam­boo forests of Tan­za­nia. All their free time they sun­bathe in the sun, and at the slight­est dan­ger they hide in the cracks of bam­boo.

gnome gecko

In voice they are very rem­i­nis­cent of frogs with their squeaks, clicks and croaks, and grow no more than 5 cen­time­ters in length.

yellow-headed gecko

8th place is occu­pied by the New Zealand Green Gecko, also lead­ing a dai­ly lifestyle, like his Mada­gas­car “col­leagues”.

green gecko

While the body of these geck­os is com­plete­ly green, their mouths and tongues can be orange, red, blue, black, pink or yel­low!

new zealand green gecko

This amaz­ing lizard lives in the trees, using its long tail as its fifth point of sup­port.


On the 7th place is the Skink Gecko or “Won­der Lizard”. The body of this amaz­ing Mid­dle East­ern rep­tile is prac­ti­cal­ly unpro­tect­ed — its skin can peel off with just one touch, but the gecko can absorb oxy­gen right through the skin!

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skink gecko

Skink geck­os are active only dur­ing pitch dark­ness, hid­ing at the slight­est clear­ing of the sky — they car­ry the rest of the time under­ground, at a depth of about 80 cen­time­ters. The pho­to shows that they have some sim­i­lar­i­ties with frogs — for this they are also called “toad-eyed geck­os”.

wonder gecko

6th place is occu­pied by a pret­ty white-brown Cat gecko, so named because of its habit of sleep­ing with its tail turned around, just like a cat) This mir­a­cle lives in Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore, Indone­sia and Cam­bo­dia.


Anoth­er amaz­ing fea­ture of the Cat Gecko is that it does not have Vel­cro pads on its paws, and when climb­ing trees, it uses pre­hen­sile claws and a tail.


In 5th place is the House gecko, which feeds on mos­qui­toes and oth­er pests, and there­fore is quite pop­u­lar with many res­i­dents of such “mos­qui­to” regions) These geck­os live most­ly in South­east Asia, both in hous­es and on rocks.

house gecko

4th place is deserved­ly occu­pied by the Blue-tailed gecko, which lives only on the island of Mau­ri­tius. In gen­er­al, this is a diur­nal rep­tile, but for some rea­son it still prefers night hunt­ing. The bright blue back with red dots dis­tin­guish­es males of this species from com­plete­ly green females.

blue tailed gecko

Unlike most geck­os, the Mau­ri­tius is quite aggres­sive and usu­al­ly does­n’t miss an oppor­tu­ni­ty to bite any lizard that crawls by, whether it’s also a Blue-tailed gecko or a mem­ber of anoth­er species.


By the way, do not con­fuse the Blue-tailed gecko with the Blue-tailed lizard, these are com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent rep­tiles.

blue-tailed lizard

Well, here we come to the three cuties) So, on the 3rd place is a minia­ture female Gecko with Beads (I don’t know how to trans­late Bead­ed Gekko cor­rect­ly). This lizard is a kind of cham­pi­on among its own kind in terms of speed of move­ment. This is due to the almost com­plete absence of fat, even in the tail area, which is not at all typ­i­cal for geck­os. This rep­tile was found in the arid regions of Aus­tralia, but so far, unfor­tu­nate­ly, almost noth­ing is known about it.

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Beaded Gekko

The New Cale­don­ian banana-eat­ing gecko climbed to the sec­ond step of our rat­ing.

banana gecko

This arbo­re­al night gecko also uses its tail to climb trees, but is much stock­i­er than its coun­ter­parts.

banana gecko

This lizard is also called the Crest­ed Gecko because of the “fringed” comb that runs from the eyes to the tail.

Gecko with comb

Well, we final­ly got to the 1st line of our list, where the Tokay gecko sits, known pri­mar­i­ly for its “singing”, like a frog)

Gecko Tokai

This arbo­re­al night gecko usu­al­ly lives in the area of ​​rocks and cliffs, and for its stub­born nature it was even dubbed “Pit Bull”.


If the Tokai gecko sud­den­ly doesn’t like some­thing and bites your fin­ger, be pre­pared to wait from sev­er­al min­utes to an hour until he gets tired of hold­ing his fin­ger in his mouth … Well, where is the gecko in a hur­ry? Bit­ten and lies to him­self))

Gecko Tokai

To end the selec­tion on a cheer­ful note, I sug­gest watch­ing a short video that demon­strates the acro­bat­ic abil­i­ties of the Tokay gecko with humor) Enjoy =)