National Geographic Gecko Exhibit? Would I EVER!

So the National Geographic Museum is hosting a “Geckos: Tails to Toepads” exhibit through January 5, 2011. There are some interactive kid-oriented activities, but mostly it’s just terrariums full of different types of GECKOS.

snack time!

I cannot express how excited I am for this. However, in order to know why I am so excited for such a random reptile, you need to know a bit about SPY. You see, I owned a gecko named Smalls my entire youth. He was named after Smalls from the Sandlot and ranked among earth’s weakest and cutest of leopard geckos. My family found him on the floor of a pet store following the 1994 Northridge earthquake. He was valued at only $10 (including his tank).

curmudgeonly Smalls

Oh, Smalls. His growth was stunted, he would “hunt” and miss dead insects despite the fact they didn’t move, and if you picked him up would open his mouth and leave it open until you put him back. Darwin was just waiting. However, contrary to every evolutionary theory imaginable, Smalls lived from 1994 to 2007. He was a card-carrying member of my junior high’s P.T.A. for 4 years.  OH and he turned out to be a girl, a reality that surfaced when we bought him a larger “friend” named Meatloaf who promptly knocked him up. This was traumatizing for a young SPY.

Shocked at Smalls's gender discovery!

My family also had 4 different species of day geckos and a flying gecko  that lived in this massive rainforest terrarium/aquarium in our living room. We are just one of those families.

Anyways, the moral of this story is that geckos are adorable and a big part of SPY’s history so you should go see the exhibit. Do it for Smalls! Learn more about these fascinating friends! It only costs $7!

Thanks to Serious Eats and Your Pet’s Choice for the day gecko pics!!!

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