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Eyeball licker.


When this web-footed gecko wants a drink it licks its eyeballs. The reptile lives in the coastal desert of Namibia, Africa, where water is scarce. In the morning, cool ocean air meets the warmth of the desert and forms a mist. The gecko waits for dewdrops to form on its eyeballs, then-SLURP!

Other desert-dwelling gecko species also collect water from their eyes, head, or plant leaves, or by munching juicy insects. "Gathering moisture from morning dew and food items is a common adaptation in desert environments," says Barbara Watkins, an animal keeper at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

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Title Annotation:EARTH: BIOMES; web-footed gecko
Author:Binns, Corey
Publication:Science World
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 17, 2011
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