COMMON LEAF-TAILED GECKO (Uroplatus fimbriatus) - AngiNelson on deviantART
The Common Leaf-tailed gecko is found in eastern Madagascar and on the islands Nosy Bohara and Nosy Mangabe.
- A large nocturnal gecko, by day it plasters itself to a small tree trunk and rests head down.
- If disturbed it will raise its tail and head, open its mouth and scream.
- The generic name, Uroplatus, is a Latinization of two Greek words: “ourá” meaning “tail” and “platys” meaning “flat”.
- Its specific name fimbriatus is the Latin word for “fringed” based upon the gecko’s unique appearance of fringed skin.
- Habitat destruction and deforestation in Madagascar is the primary threat to this animal’s future as well as collection for the pet trade.
- The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) lists all of the Uroplatus species on their “Top ten most wanted species list” of animals threatened by illegal wildlife trade, because of it “being captured and sold at alarming rates for the international pet trade”.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uroplatus_fimbriatus
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