new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Pic of the Week #25 - Web footed geckos in Namibia | by WWF - Global Photo Network
Back to photostream

Pic of the Week #25 - Web footed geckos in Namibia

Two web-footed geckos (Palmatogecko rangei) emerge from their deep burrows where some moisture keeps them cool during the hot days in the Namib Desert. Their thin, spindly legs and large webbed feet help them dig their burrows and also run quickly across the fine coastal sand of the desert. They do not have eyelids and so periodically lick their large, bulb-like brown and red eyes to keep them from drying out in the heat.

 

The Namib desert in Namibia is one of the oldest deserts in the world (~55 million years) and a WWF priority region. It is home to a vast array of species including the mountain zebra, gemsbok and elephants. Learn more here: wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/namib_desert/

 

© Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon

 

- WWF-Canon Pic of the Week

 

image may not be used without permission.

14,192 views
26 faves
4 comments
Taken on August 23, 2012