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The Annotated Budak: Licking good by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Licking good by @budak

For all their ability to shimmy up mossy trunks, the lizards can miss a step at times and individuals with awkward tips tell a tale of narrow slips and lucky getaways. At rest, there is little to distinguish a gecko from the surrounding bark and lichen. But alarmed, the lizard raises its haunches and curls its tail upwards to present a moving target and the lure of a spiky end. Creatures of habit that occupy mature trees for years on end, these geckos have failed to make the leap from woods to walls. Their paler kin with sticky feet have made themselves at home on buildings and bushes, but the city is no place for lizards with no love for crowds and the pressures of clean living. For these lidless beasts, boughs that straddle forest paths and grow unchecked by passing stompers mark the extremities of their range. Here, on the fringes of a jungle in the grips of a fever to ...

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