Giant leaf-tailed Gecko - portrait 2, Pyreras Reserve, Madagascar
A family photo shoot of two indivuduals of Common flat-tail gecko, more often called the Giant leaf-tailed gecko based on its size. These two were taken from their cage in Pyreras Reserve, put on a tree for some photos, and then put back.
Like all species in the Uroplatus genus, it has a uniquely shaped body to camouflage it by day. Specifics of this species are its size and its fringed skin. A few years earlier we were lucky to observe one hunting at night:
When threatened it has a display both threatening and hilarious:
But really, it should have been named after its incredible eyes, which are 350 times more sensitive to light compared to humans. This species can see in color at night! I don't even know of any electronics that can do that.
''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.