The secret to the tape is that it emulates the hairs on the feet of a gecko .
In another example of blurry physical boundaries, consider the gecko , a lizard remarkable for its ability to walk upside down on ceilings.
Perhaps 100 million years ago, the ancestors of today's geckos became nocturnal predators.
Since geckos have millions of these hairs on each foot, their combined adhesive force is hundreds of times greater than what is required for the gecko to hang from a ceiling by one foot.
The extraordinary adhesive capabilities of geckos have challenged explanation for millennia, since Aristotle first recorded his observations.
While living here I have spotted many, including small shiny skinned skinks, geckos (jing-jocks and tokays), and large monitor lizards.
Climbing geckos use all four feet similarly to produce positive fore-aft forces parallel to the surface that propel the gecko upwards.
Experiments using X-ray bombardment eliminated electrostatic attraction as a necessary mechanism for setal adhesion since the geckos were still able to adhere in ionized air.
If geckos were to rely solely on capillary adhesion for attachment, setal function could be constrained by relative humidity of the habitat.
Police say burglars had broken in earlier that day, taking exotic animals and equipment worth £640, including two bull snakes, a pair of hypo geckos , two skinks and a corn snake.