Based on the simple fact that it can drop its tail to escape an enemy and re-grow a new one later, the lizard has come to signify the ability to let go, detachment, self-protection and survival.
In Polynesian culture, the gecko lizard is believed to have supernatural powers. An appearance of one is regarded as a visit from the gods or one’s ancestors. The Maori people, in particular, believe that lizards are guardians of illness and evil. If a green gecko “laughs” at you, it is a terrible omen of sickness and misfortune.