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Unlike most lizards, this gecko does not have eyelids. What special adaptations does it have to deal with this?


Most geckos do not have eyelids, which means that their eyes are always open. To protect the delicate eye, it is covered by a transparent scale called a Brille, which acts much like an eye goggle. Snakes also have a brille to protect their eyes. The brille is shed when the animal sheds its skin. In between sheds, geckos clean the brille by licking it with their long, flexible tongues.