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Awaken the Giant - II  Leaf-tailed geckos spend their days resting facing down on trees, like this:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/33705/giant_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_nosy_mangabe_madagascar.html" title="Giant Leaf-tailed gecko  - side view, Nosy Mangabe, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/33705_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1605744010&Signature=a1OUuCV%2BQcF1TswFjVIzoWNl%2BHc%3D" width="102" height="152" alt="Giant Leaf-tailed gecko  - side view, Nosy Mangabe, Madagascar &quot;Uroplatus&quot; is a magical word in Madagascar that gets everybody&#039;s attention. It means one of Madagascar&#039;s iconic reptiles have been spotted. Usually you are not told where exactly it is, leaving you to find it. We failed this time, and our guide pointed out where it is. Closeup:<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/33703/giant_leaf-tailed_gecko_-closeup_nosy_mangabe_madagascar.html<br />
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This one was found during a day walk. Being a nocturnal reptile, it will sleep like this during the day, always facing down. Its color depends on the tree it is on, and how long it has been on it. This one has probably not been on this tree very long yet.  Africa,Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Nosy Mangabe,Uroplatus fimbriatus,World" /></a></figure><br />
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At night though, they reveal their true nature, that of a skilled and creepy hunter. To add to the frightening appearance, this one seems to have a busted eye. Note that this photo is rotated. Africa,Geotagged,Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Nosy Mangabe,Spring,Uroplatus fimbriatus,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Awaken the Giant - II

Leaf-tailed geckos spend their days resting facing down on trees, like this:

Giant Leaf-tailed gecko  - side view, Nosy Mangabe, Madagascar "Uroplatus" is a magical word in Madagascar that gets everybody's attention. It means one of Madagascar's iconic reptiles have been spotted. Usually you are not told where exactly it is, leaving you to find it. We failed this time, and our guide pointed out where it is. Closeup:<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/33703/giant_leaf-tailed_gecko_-closeup_nosy_mangabe_madagascar.html<br />
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This one was found during a day walk. Being a nocturnal reptile, it will sleep like this during the day, always facing down. Its color depends on the tree it is on, and how long it has been on it. This one has probably not been on this tree very long yet.  Africa,Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Nosy Mangabe,Uroplatus fimbriatus,World


At night though, they reveal their true nature, that of a skilled and creepy hunter. To add to the frightening appearance, this one seems to have a busted eye. Note that this photo is rotated.

    comments (7)

  1. It looks to be more of a natural occurrence, perhaps only partially robbing it of sight in that eye. I see a lot naturally occurring cataracts in lake trout, Salvelinus namaycush, a fish that I work with daily, that look similar to this. Not sure what really causes them, though. Posted 4 years ago
    1. The eye does seem to look a bit better from this angle. I had to look up what cataracts means, but now I get it. Posted 4 years ago
      1. Sorry for the obscure English, I often forget to describe less commonly known words to those whom English is a second language... Posted 4 years ago
        1. No worries, looking it up is only a click away :) Posted 4 years ago
  2. Despite his wonky eye, this is pretty awesome! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks, Claire :) Posted 4 years ago
  3. Uroplatus is one of my ohhhh uuuhhhh <3 <3 <3
    :)
    Posted 4 years ago

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''Uroplatus fimbriatus'' is a gecko which is found in eastern Madagascar and on the islands Nosy Bohara and Nosy Mangabe. These geckos live in tropical rain forests. They reach a total length of 330 mm.

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.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Dec 5, 2015. Captured Oct 1, 2015 19:26 in 5, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/3.2
  • 1/200s
  • ISO360
  • 105mm