Satanic leaf-tailed gecko

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Satanic leaf-tailed gecko
Male Satanic Leaf-Tail Gecko
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Gekkota
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Uroplatus
Binomial name
Uroplatus phantasticus
Boulenger,[2] 1888[3]

The Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus), is a species of gecko. It is only native to the island of Madagascar. It was first described in 1888 by George Albert Boulenger.

They look a lot like a dead leaf. Its veins are showing and look just like the veins on a leaf. Its tail looks like it has been rotted or nibbled by insects. They are mostly mottled brown. They have small brown dots on their underside, which helps people tell them apart from other species.[4] It may also be known as the eyelash leaf tailed gecko or the fantastic leaf tailed gecko.

Area[change | change source]

Satanic leaf-tailed geckos are native to the central and northern tropical forests of Madagascar. They climb on the trees and bushes.

Size and weight[change | change source]

They weigh about 10 to 30 grams. Adults are normally about 3-6 centimeters long including their tail, but sometimes they can be up to 9 centimeters long.

Diet[change | change source]

The geckos eat different kinds of insects, flies, worms, and spiders. They can eat large insects because of their big mouth.

References[change | change source]

  1. IUCN Red List, retrieved 16 February 2012
  2. "Uroplatus phantasticus Boulenger, 1888". The Reptile Database. J. Craig Venter Institute. http://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species.php?genus=Uroplatus&species=phantasticus. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  3. Boulenger, G. A. (1888). "Descriptions of new Reptiles and Batrachians from Madagascar". Annual Magazine of Natural History 6 (1): 101–107.
  4. Leaf-Tailed Gecko. A-Z Animals, 2008. Web. 15 Nov. 2012.