How to Draw a Gecko

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Gecko in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Gecko.

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How to Draw a Gecko - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's start by drawing the head. Draw an oval with a bump for the eye and leave a space for the body.

Step 2: Now draw two dots for the nose, a long line for the mouth, and two small ovals for the eyes. Did you know? Geckos do not have eyelids, so they have to lick their eyes to keep them clean and keep them from drying out.

Step 3: For your next step, draw the front legs. Geckos have short legs to help them stay low to the ground when they are crawling.

Step 4: Behind the front legs, draw two straight lines for the body. Don’t close off the end of the body yet because you'll need to add other details in the next step.

Step 5: Now draw the two back legs. Geckos have five toes on each foot. The back toe is separate from the others, just like your thumb is separate from your fingers!

Step 6: Last is the tail. Draw a long and pointy triangle--even longer than the rest of the body. If geckos lose their tails, they can grow them back! Some people have geckos as pets. Have your students draw a habitat in a cage for their geckos with light, plants and water.

Interesting Facts about Geckos

Geckos are medium-sized lizards. There are more than 1,000 species of geckos. They live in warm habitats all over the world, and people also keep them as pets.

Did you know?

  • Geckos can grow their tail back if they lose it.
  • The largest gecko is the Tokay gecko. The smallest is the dwarf gecko.
  • Geckos do not have eyelids, so they cannot blink. They lick their eyes to keep them from drying out and to keep them dust-free.
  • Geckos can be many different colors, and some gecko species become a lighter color in the dark.
  • In some species, female geckos are parthenogenic, which means that they can reproduce without make geckos.
  • Geckos are carnivorous and nocturnal, which means they eat meat and are most active at night. Geckos eat insects, and they sometimes also eat small mammals.

Geckos use their toes to stick to surfaces. Their toe pads have Velcro-like bristles called setae. In warmer climates, many people find geckos in their homes. They usually find these lizards walking across their ceilings. The species that is most commonly found indoors is the house gecko. People do not mind having them in their homes because they eat unwanted insects.

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