The annual Wildlife Art Show at Morpeth Gallery over the June Long Weekend will feature Australian Geckos both as subjects of paintings as well as real live specimens in display areas. It's a tribute to our native wildlife and celebration of World Environment Day.
Rick Worthy has bred Geckos for many years and over the last 6 years he has bred the rarest Gecko in the world, a purple Gecko with dots. It takes 2.5 years just for the Gecko to develop its purple colouring. Some of Rick's Geckos will be on display during the exhibition, from 8–10 June, and Rick will be there to answer visitors’ questions.
The exhibition will also include paintings of birds, animals, fish, insects and reptiles but there’s no doubt that the super-stars of the 2019 Exhibition will be the Geckos!
Geckos are a familiar sight to those who live in the tropical regions of Australia. A number of species are common ‘house geckos’, scuttling across our walls and ceilings in pursuit of insects. A few species can survive in very harsh, cold conditions.
By having a captive breeding program, Rick hopes to reduce the poaching of Geckos in the wild. Australian Geckos that have been poached bring big prices in USA and Germany where an individual Gecko will sell for $10,000.
Rick sells his captive bred Geckos for a fraction of this price thereby driving down the price and reducing the profits for poachers.
Geckos are easily recognised, being mostly nocturnal with soft bodies and tiny granular scales. They have well-developed limbs with five digits, large eyes with vertical pupils, no eyelids, and broad fleshy tongues. In the absence of eyelids, the tongue is used to lick the eye clean.
Many species have expanded toe pads that provide adhesion and allow them to run on vertical or slippery surfaces – even glass. Other geckos have narrow, bird-like feet for clinging to trees or rocks. The diversity in Australian geckos is remarkable.
Entry to the exhibition at Morpeth Gallery is free. You can find the gallery at 5 Green Street Morpeth. For more information visit www.morpethgallery.com.au