Crested Geckos, like many geckos, possess toe pads that enable them to climb surfaces with great agility. These toe pads are equipped with hair-like structures that provide sufficient surface area, allowing them to take advantage of weak attractive forces known as van der Waals forces. As a result, they can effortlessly scale surfaces like glass.
These geckos are omnivorous, consuming both plant and animal matter, including fruits and insects. They inhabit forested areas where their climbing ability facilitates access to food, while their exceptional camouflage helps them remain concealed.
Following their initial description in 1866, the species went undocumented for over 120 years, leading to the presumption of their extinction. However, in 1994, a team of scientists rediscovered them!
Crested Geckos have a limited native range, inhabiting the southern part of the island of New Caledonia, located east of Australia.
Due to the capturing for the pet trade and competition from invasive species, the species is now classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. To mitigate the decline in their population, New Caledonia has implemented a ban on exporting these geckos from the island.