Museum Got Geckos

”](PITTSFIELD, Mass.) — How many geckos do you know? From neon green to tropical camouflage, these highly charismatic creatures come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. Geckos have adapted to drastically different habitats all around the world, and they have the bulging eyes, sticky toepads and disposable body parts to prove it. Geckos: Tails to Toepads, on view at Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., through September 18, offers an opportunity to meet 14 different species of geckos living in lush, naturalistic habitats that let visitors view their realm up close and personal.

A gecko’s world holds many surprises. Geckos vary in appearance and behavior — some are shadowy nighttime hunters with unbelievable camouflage, others are neon-colored nectar eaters that scamper around in daylight. More than 1,000 different species have been found, and geckos have conquered every habitat imaginable, from balmy tropical beaches and lush rainforests to frigid mountain slopes and parched deserts. To get the full gecko experience, visitors to Geckos: Tails to Toepads can also explore hands-on interactive stations, offering the chance to see the world through gecko night vision, hear the many different voices of geckos, and try to spot the many camouflaged geckos.

”]“Our visitors really love the chance to get up close with all sorts of creatures from around the globe,” says interim executive director Maria Mingalone. “In fact, our Aquarium and Discovery Room are among the most popular spots in the museum, for visitors of any age. Geckos are particularly expressive animals, so I know we’re in store for a treat.”

Types of geckos included in the exhibition are the Giant Day gecko, Giant Frog-Eyed gecko, Gliding gecko, New Caledonian Giant gecko, Satanic Leaf-Tailed gecko, Bibron’s gecko, Crested gecko, Fan-Fingered gecko, Tokay gecko, Giant Leaf-Tailed gecko, Chinese Cave gecko, Skunk gecko, Leopard gecko, and Jewel Day gecko. As of this writing, examples of the Gordon Gekko and the very rare Jeremy D. Goodwin Gecko are still being sought for the exhibition.

Entrance to Geckos: Tails to Toepads is included with regular museum admission, which is $13 for adults and $6 for children. Members and children aged three and under enjoy free admission. Berkshire Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. New:  Berkshire Museum will be open until 8 p.m. every Thursday through the end of August. For more information, visit Berkshire Museum or call 413.443.7171.


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