Hunting the Hidden Reptiles of Madagascar - AMNH SciCafe June 1st
    By Hank Campbell | May 26th 2011 03:17 PM | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
    Despite more than 200 years of exploration, new species of snakes, chameleons, geckos, and skinks are still being discovered in Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world. American Museum of Natural History associate Curator Chris Raxworthy, who has studied reptiles and amphibians in Madagascar for more than 25 years, will discuss how modern technologies such as satellite imagery and DNA sequencing, along with "muddy boots" field biology in some of the most remote regions of the island, make new discoveries possible at June's SciCafe.

    Also appearing: live tortoises.

    Admission is free if you are going to be in New York.  Tickets  here.

    Madagascan Giant Day Gecko
    Madagascan Giant Day Gecko.  © D. Finnin/AMNH

    Geckos can hang from ceilings and sleep on tree trunks without falling off.  Their secret is in the millions of tiny hairlike structures on their broad toe pads.  These structures are so small they use molecular-level forces to adhere to surfaces, even those as smooth as glass.