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
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