SATANIC LEAF-TAILED GECKO (Uroplatus phantasticus) ©Ardea
- Satanic leaf-tailed geckos can reach a total of length of 9cm, and its range is in the central eastern side of Madagascar.
- The lizard can amazingly mimic a dead leaf, and it can coil its whole body to resemble a curled up leaf with its tail leaf shape. Its excellent camouflage skills mean it can ‘blend’ into its natural environment.
- Satanic leaf geckos get their name because they look like they have ‘horns’ and some specimens have red eyes.
- Two eggs are laid and hatch after 60 to 70 days.
- The gecko’s colouration can be brown or grey and it can transform itself into amazing yellow, green, orange and pink hues.
- Geckos are one of Madagascar’s most unique species. As they sleep flattened against trees of branches with their heads pointing downwards, they can adjust their body coloration to their surroundings.
- Inactive during the day, geckos move only when disturbed. They respond to prodding with an impressive display of a brightly coloured gaping mouth and an erect tail. And at night, the lizards hunt insects.
- The leaf-tailed gecko family has nine members ranging in size from 8cm to 30cm. Larger members of the genus have beards and fringes around the whole body.
- When at rest laying head down on a mossy or lichen covered branch, geckos are almost impossible to see.
- Geckos are totally adapted to life in a primary rainforest and their disguises are so cryptic, that their species and sub-species are still being discovered today.
- Locals are afraid of them and refer to them as the devil. When disturbed, larger members of the species stand up open mouthed and let out a large hiss.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1220151/Devil-The-stunning-Satanic-leaf-tailed-gecko-lizard-masters-disguise-resemble-leaf.html#ixzz18tS8HhRN
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Baby Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko
Lined-tailed gecko - looking like wood
Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko—adult
Common leaf-tailed Gecko