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Mossy leaf-tailed gecko - head, V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve, Madagascar A wild observation of a Mossy leaf-tailed gecko, one of the best camouflage specialists I&#039;ve seen with my own eyes. By day, they stretch out and rest upside down on a tree. Their bodies are flat and heavily textured to mimick a mossy surface. The edges of their body curl around a tree almost as if its a single surface. <br />
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Flash makes it pretty noticeable but I had no idea it was there whilst standing straight next to it. Our guide gave the hint.<br />
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Flash makes it pretty noticeable but I had no idea it was there whilst standing straight next to it. Our guide gave the hint.<br />
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Flash makes it pretty noticeable but I had no idea it was there whilst standing straight next to it. Our guide gave the hint.<br />
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Mossy leaf-tailed gecko - head, V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve, Madagascar

A wild observation of a Mossy leaf-tailed gecko, one of the best camouflage specialists I've seen with my own eyes. By day, they stretch out and rest upside down on a tree. Their bodies are flat and heavily textured to mimick a mossy surface. The edges of their body curl around a tree almost as if its a single surface.

Flash makes it pretty noticeable but I had no idea it was there whilst standing straight next to it. Our guide gave the hint.

Mossy leaf-tailed gecko - full body, V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve, Madagascar A wild observation of a Mossy leaf-tailed gecko, one of the best camouflage specialists I've seen with my own eyes. By day, they stretch out and rest upside down on a tree. Their bodies are flat and heavily textured to mimick a mossy surface. The edges of their body curl around a tree almost as if its a single surface. <br />
<br />
Flash makes it pretty noticeable but I had no idea it was there whilst standing straight next to it. Our guide gave the hint.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85597/mossy_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_back_and_legs_v.o.i.m.m.a._community_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85599/mossy_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_v.o.i.m.m.a._community_reserve_madagascar.html Africa,Andasibe,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Mossy leaf-tailed gecko,Uroplatus sikorae,V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve,World

Mossy leaf-tailed gecko - back and legs, V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve, Madagascar A wild observation of a Mossy leaf-tailed gecko, one of the best camouflage specialists I've seen with my own eyes. By day, they stretch out and rest upside down on a tree. Their bodies are flat and heavily textured to mimick a mossy surface. The edges of their body curl around a tree almost as if its a single surface. <br />
<br />
Flash makes it pretty noticeable but I had no idea it was there whilst standing straight next to it. Our guide gave the hint.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85598/mossy_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_full_body_v.o.i.m.m.a._community_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/85599/mossy_leaf-tailed_gecko_-_head_v.o.i.m.m.a._community_reserve_madagascar.html Africa,Andasibe,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Mossy leaf-tailed gecko,Uroplatus sikorae,V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve,World

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''Uroplatus sikorae'' is a species of gecko commonly referred to as the Mossy leaf-tailed gecko. This species, endemic to Madagascar, is found in primary and secondary forests on the island. It has the ability to change its skin color to match its surroundings and possesses dermal flaps which break up its outline when at rest.

It is a CITES II protected animal due to habitat loss and overcollection for the pet trade.

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

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Uploaded Oct 12, 2019. Captured Jul 17, 2019 16:39.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/8.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm