Capoeira Wiki-Word of the Week: Lagartixa (Update)
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Lagartixa is a lizard we know as the gecko.
From Wikipedia (English)...
The Gekkonidae are the largest family of geckos consisting of over 950 described species in 51 genera. Many "typical" geckos are members of the Gekkonidae including house geckos (Hemidactylus), tokay geckos (Gekko gecko), and day geckos (Phelsuma). Species of Gekkonidae occur globally and are particularly species rich in tropical areas.
From Wikipedia (Portuguese)...
The group, originally from Africa, is widespread in all temperate and warm areas of the world. They are very important for the environment because, as insectivores, they function as "controllers" of household pests.
Geckos can climb walls, even glass, and ceilings thanks to the Van der Waals forces established by tiny bristles on their feet.
Some species have the ability to camouflage similar to the chameleon. Others communicate with each other through noises - which is not very common among lizards.
The gekkonid is a reptile because it has strictly pulmonary respiration, circulation is closed, double and full, and has dry skin covered with scales. The main predators of geckos are snakes and domestic cats.