This captivating shot of an orange spotted gecko (Phelsuma guimbeaui) shows off its striking orange stripes, blue rings, and green and yellow lines. Called Moʻoʻalā in the Hawaiian language, these are a common sight on the Big Island and Kaua’i through human introduction by way of the Indian Ocean.
These reptiles are surprisingly dextrous, often jumping from leaf to leaf, branch to branch, or even roof to roof. More than once a day gecko has hitched a free ride on this editor’s windshield for several miles. When threatened with immanent death, the gecko will jettison its tail in an effort to distract or placate its attacker while escaping the other direction. Not to worry though, a gecko’s tail regrows, albeit sometimes not quite the same shape as the original.