Leaf-tailed gecko

Top of one

Hanging onto a tree trunk with its large, ridged toe pads, a Henkel’s leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus henkeli) is barely discernable from the bark. Flaps of skin along the edge of the head and body disguise the gecko’s outline. Resembling a dead leaf, the tail can break off to allow a quick escape and regenerate later.


  • Pronunciation: GEK-oh
  • Where to see them: Northern Madagascar
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    Bottom of one at the Cincinnati Zoo

  • Length: Up to 1 ft
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Diet: Insects
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