Common flat-tail gecko

Uroplatus fimbriatus

''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.
The Common leaf-tailed gecko - Uroplatus fimbriatus I had not seen this exceptional creature if our guide did not mentioned it.
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The generic name, ''Uroplatus'', is a Latinization of two Greek words: "ourá" meaning "tail" and "platys" meaning "flat". Its specific name ''fimbriatus'' is the Latin word for "fringed" based upon the gecko's unique appearance of fringed skin.
Giant leaf-tailed Gecko - eye macro, 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:,_Nosy_Mangabe,_Madagascar.jpg

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. Africa,Common flat-tail gecko,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Pyreras Reserve,Uroplatus fimbriatus,Winter,World


Habitat destruction and deforestation in Madagascar is the primary threat to this animal's future as well as collection for the pet trade. The World Wide Fund for Nature lists all of the ''Uroplatus'' species on their "Top ten most wanted species list" of animals threatened by illegal wildlife trade, because of it "being captured and sold at alarming rates for the international pet trade". It is a CITES Appendix 2 protected animal.


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