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Henkel's Leaf-tailed Gecko

Classification
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Gekkonidae
  • Genus: Uroplatus
  • Species: henkeli
Fun Fact

They get their name from their broad, flat tail that looks leaf like.

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About Henkel's Leaf-tailed Geckos

These geckos spend much of their lives in the trees, typically hanging with their heads pointed downward. They descend from the trees only to lay eggs in the leaf litter. Due to tiny pads on the gecko’s feet that create a strong adhesive effect, they can cling and climb on a variety of surfaces.

Little is known about how they reproduce, but it believed that they lay between 2-4 eggs, and that the female does not care for the young after they hatch. All species are considered threatened due to habitat loss, and there are eight different species. Each species varies slightly in size and color. They are brown and green and often resemble tree bark.

Henkel's Leaf-tailed Geckos in the Wild

Habitat

They live in both primary and secondary tropical forests, and usually found on the side of trees or among twigs.

Location

They are found in Madagascar as well as on a few islands near Madagascar.

Diet

They eat mainly insects, but will also eat some invertebrates.

Population Status

This species is listed as "vulnerable" due to habitat loss and collection for the pet trade.

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