Sticky-handed as a gecko and as mauve in nature as an Alpaca, fuzzius macularius, commonly known as the Alpecko, spends most of its days asleep in a sandy burrow to avoid the high-desert heat of the Atacama Desert. In the gloaming light, this voracious but comically clumsy insectivore emerges to feast on everything from sand lice to large, hairy spiders. Sadly, due to the Alpecko’s furry face, the larger spiders can sometimes mistake it for a mate, which can result in a painfully uncomfortable form of reverse predation.



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