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Note: This is a part of the series highlighting India's fascinating world of Natural History I am discovering during my trip. You don't need to like Chicken Tikka Masala and/or Mango Lassi to enjoy this post.

Your eyes always tell the truth no matter your body language. Talk about religion or politics with someone who is not on your side and observe them rolling their eyes. Observe the eyes of students in a physics or chemistry class, and you will find them shut since the students have already dozed off. Eyes tell cops about whether the driver they stopped in the middle of night is under the influence of drugs when their eyes can't track the pen.

During my time in the San Francisco Bay Area, my paths would regularly cross with the Western Fence Lizards and we both enjoyed each other's company (I know, I know, Karan urgently needs to consult a therapist but he is patiently waiting for a good deal for a therapist on Amazon Prime Day or Groupon). Hence during my trip in India, I was always looking for someone to fill that void. It was then I stumbled into the Northern House Gecko and it was love at first sight. (Here we go again!). These House Geckos are typically found near light sources in and outside homes.

So what is the difference between Lizards and Geckos? Well, Geckos are a type of lizard which are majorly nocturnal for one. Another obvious difference is their eyes. If you have ever observed the Western Fence Lizard eyes, you would have noticed it has eyelids. So most of the times when we hang out together and I show all the Addison Rae's dance TikToks, the fence lizard conveniently closes its eyes to protect its brain from further stress and damage.

The house geckos are not that lucky. If you ever paid attention to the eyes of a gecko before, they are a bit like a snake i.e. they lack eyelids as seen in the Giant Spotted Gecko below.

One of the themes we observe in nature is reptiles that work the day shift have round pupils, while the ones that work the night shift have vertical pupils. Below is the vertical pupil of the house gecko.

When there is little or no ambient light, these pupils expand in size to allow more light in. But when an overenthusiastic naturalist starts flashing a source of light directly at the pupils, they will constrict to a thin slit to allow it to focus on the scene in front of it.

And since I don't have enough memory on my phone, why not share another video of the same behavior.

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