The Flying Gecko, also known as the Thick-Fingered Gecko, is thought by many aficionados to be the most interesting of all the arboreal gecko species. They are attractive, entertaining little animals.
Although its name would suggest otherwise, the Flying Gecko cannot fly. They will, however, glide from tree to tree (or branch to branch) when disturbed or hungry. The Flying Gecko is an arboreal species, meaning it spends most of its time in trees. They are nocturnal and are rarely, if ever, active during the day. Flying Geckos feed primarily on insects. They are shy animals and are usually hiding. The Flying Gecko blends in well with plants, soil, and bark, a natural defense mechanism against predators. While the average life of a Flying Gecko is around three years, some can live eight years or longer.
A moderately sized lizard, the Flying Gecko can reach up to eight inches in length. Males can be distinguished from females by their lack of visible pores. Flying Geckos have a thin fold of skin that extends from the feet up the sides of their bodies. This flap of skin is what enables the Flying Gecko to glide.
Flying Geckos can be found throughout Southeast Asia.