Geckos Have a Sticky Secret. Toe Hair

August 13, 2014 3:10 PM

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Geckos Have a Sticky Secret. Toe Hair

A gecko’s ability to pretty much go where ever they please has stumped scientists until now. Researchers at Oregon State University discovered geckos have a series of branched hairs on their toes and can turn their ‘stickiness’ on/off at will.

“These seta and their hierarchy can deform to make intimate contact with even very rough surfaces — resulting in millions of contact points that each are able to carry a small load,” said co-author Alex Greaney. The findings were published in the Journal of Applied Physics.

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