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Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - body curled, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you&#039;re lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there&#039;s no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It&#039;s also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word &quot;phantasticus&quot;, meaning &quot;imaginary&quot;. A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I&#039;ll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html" title="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - tail, Ranomafana, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/84014_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1589414410&Signature=I9bZ%2F6EV6NUZaAoUUFGTHGIQ3g8%3D" width="136" height="152" alt="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - tail, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you&#039;re lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there&#039;s no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It&#039;s also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word &quot;phantasticus&quot;, meaning &quot;imaginary&quot;. A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I&#039;ll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84021/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html" title="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - side view, Ranomafana, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/84015_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1589414410&Signature=nAlWYRCd0OLLb8w2zu7DLnjMR0g%3D" width="124" height="152" alt="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - side view, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you&#039;re lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there&#039;s no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It&#039;s also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word &quot;phantasticus&quot;, meaning &quot;imaginary&quot;. A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I&#039;ll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84021/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html" title="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - head, Ranomafana, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/84016_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1589414410&Signature=BrwyYbqCMYErC%2BADhGa5rmgZFls%3D" width="140" height="152" alt="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - head, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you&#039;re lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there&#039;s no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It&#039;s also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word &quot;phantasticus&quot;, meaning &quot;imaginary&quot;. A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I&#039;ll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84021/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html" title="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - body rotated, Ranomafana, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/84017_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1589414410&Signature=XpV9rVwdkIKuQzJtuKPtt9xiNrM%3D" width="200" height="178" alt="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - body rotated, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you&#039;re lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there&#039;s no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It&#039;s also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word &quot;phantasticus&quot;, meaning &quot;imaginary&quot;. A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I&#039;ll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84021/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html" title="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - full scene, Ranomafana, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/84018_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1589414410&Signature=8XJRINcijcTvSZxNinmwx0B1oFI%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - full scene, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you&#039;re lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there&#039;s no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It&#039;s also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word &quot;phantasticus&quot;, meaning &quot;imaginary&quot;. A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I&#039;ll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84021/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html" title="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - body closeup, Ranomafana, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/84019_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1589414410&Signature=N8kyvPWtsOa5Wl6tCgzj%2FwNEBLE%3D" width="120" height="152" alt="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - body closeup, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you&#039;re lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there&#039;s no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It&#039;s also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word &quot;phantasticus&quot;, meaning &quot;imaginary&quot;. A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I&#039;ll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84021/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84021/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_ranomafana_madagascar.html" title="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - body, Ranomafana, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/84021_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1589414410&Signature=v47pWnNUpJnsc5%2FVzy0PR4dap%2FA%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - body, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you&#039;re lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there&#039;s no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It&#039;s also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word &quot;phantasticus&quot;, meaning &quot;imaginary&quot;. A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I&#039;ll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World" /></a></figure> Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - body curled, Ranomafana, Madagascar

Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs.

Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.

Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you're lucky or an expert.

At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there's no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.

It's also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word "phantasticus", meaning "imaginary". A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.

I'll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other.

Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - tail, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you're lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there's no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It's also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word "phantasticus", meaning "imaginary". A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I'll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84021/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World

Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - side view, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you're lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there's no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It's also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word "phantasticus", meaning "imaginary". A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I'll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84021/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World

Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - head, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you're lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there's no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It's also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word "phantasticus", meaning "imaginary". A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I'll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84021/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World

Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - body rotated, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you're lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there's no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It's also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word "phantasticus", meaning "imaginary". A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I'll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84021/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World

Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - full scene, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you're lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there's no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It's also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word "phantasticus", meaning "imaginary". A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I'll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84021/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World

Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - body closeup, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you're lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there's no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It's also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word "phantasticus", meaning "imaginary". A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I'll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84021/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World

Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - body, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you're lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there's no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It's also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word "phantasticus", meaning "imaginary". A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I'll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World

    comments (8)

  1. I am so happy that we have Jungledragon to learn of the existence of all these species! I had no idea of this beautiful, leaf-mimicking gecko, thanks for sharing! :-) Posted 6 months ago
    1. My pleasure! Posted 6 months ago
  2. Just amazing! This is my favorite shot! I love the lighting, the eye, the way the tail curls, and the toes. Perfection! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks! I don't like the lighting, very ugly flash shadow on the leaf behind it. Personally, this is my fav:

      Satanic Leaf-tailed gecko - body, Ranomafana, Madagascar Here comes a jewel. Madagascar is well known for lemurs, chameleons, and baobabs. <br />
<br />
Lesser known by the general public may be the incredible Uroplatus genus of geckos. This genus consists of 14 insane geckos that are true masters of disguise. I have no particular favorite to pick but this Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ranks highly and I had it at the very top of my wishlist of things to see in Ranomafana.<br />
<br />
Thanks to our excellent spotter, we found two in a row. The Satanic leaf-tailed gecko is the smallest of Uroplatus geckos. Its entire body is shaped, curled and textured like a dry leaf. By day it will position itself in a low tree amidst real dry leafs, making it impossible to detect, unless you're lucky or an expert.<br />
<br />
At night it becomes active and rapidly navigates trees for small prey. If it senses danger, it can flatten itself against the trunk into such extend that there's no shadow, no profile for the predator to go by. When danger is more direct, it opens its mouth widely to reveal a large bright red area. Or, it sheds it tail as a distraction.<br />
<br />
It's also called the Fantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko, after the latin word "phantasticus", meaning "imaginary". A word used by the zoologist to first describe this species. It has such a unique appearance that it baffles the mind, as if it is only imagined.<br />
<br />
I'll be generous in sharing lots of shots, these combine the photos of two individuals found shortly after each other. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84014/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_tail_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84015/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_side_view_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84016/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84017/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_rotated_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84018/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_scene_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84019/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_closeup_ranomafana_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/84020/satanic_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_body_curled_ranomafana_madagascar.html Africa,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Ranomafana National Park,Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko,Uroplatus phantasticus,World
      Posted 6 months ago, modified 6 months ago
      1. I don't notice an ugly shadow, but that other shot is obviously awesome as well. Posted 6 months ago
        1. The big shadow in between its body projected on the leaf behind it. I don't like it because it's unnatural looking, daylight would never cast a shadow like that. Posted 6 months ago
  3. I love the tail curl as well (Christine beat me to it). It really does look like a curled up, dead leaf! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks, Lisa :) Posted 6 months ago

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''Uroplatus phantasticus'', the Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko, is a species of gecko endemic to the island of Madagascar. First described in 1888 by George Albert Boulenger, ''U. phantasticus'' is the smallest in body of the ''Uroplatus'' geckos, though there is an ongoing debate as to whether one of its cousins, ''U. ebenaui'', is smaller because of its shorter tail. It may also be known as the eyelash leaf tailed gecko or the fantastic leaf tailed gecko.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Sep 6, 2019. Captured Jul 13, 2019 12:34.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/11.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm