Gecko sheds scales, skin to flee attackers
The fish-scale gecko has a freaky way of eluding danger. When snatched by an attacker, it rips off its scales and skin so it can slip away unscathed. The torn-away scales reveal the gecko’s pink flesh, through which you can see its spine and blood vessels.
“It looks like a fish until you grab it, and then it looks like a naked chicken breast,” said Mark D. Scherz, a doctoral candidate at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich who just discovered a species with the largest scales yet in northern Madagascar. The gecko isn’t hurt. Scales grow back in a different pattern but otherwise are nearly indistinguishable from the originals.