The crested gecko or eyelash gecko ('Correlophus ciliatus') is a species of gecko native to southern New Caledonia in the southwestern Pacific Ocean east of Australia. This species was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994 during an expedition led by Robert Seipp. Along with several other New Caledonian gecko species, it is being considered for protected status by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna.

The Crested geckos typically range from 6–10 inches (15–25 cm) in length, including 4–6 inches (10–15 cm) of tail length. Among the most distinctive features of these geckos are the hair-like projections found above the eyes, which greatly resemble eyelashes. These projections continue as two rows of spines that run from the eyes to the sides of their wedge-shaped head and continue to the base of their tail. Crested geckos do not have eyelids. Instead, a transparent scale, or spectacle, keeps each eye moist, and the geckos use their tongues to clear away debris.

Crested geckos are a mostly arboreal species, preferring to inhabit the canopy of the New Caledonian rainforests. They are able to jump between branches to move to new locations. They are nocturnal, and will generally spend the daylight hours sleeping in secure spots in high branches. They are omnivores and will opportunistically feed on fruit, nectar, pollen, and a variety of insects.

More Info: