Sunday, October 18, 2009

"Cicak-man" in Madagascar

Do you know what is this? Its name is Leaf-tailed geckos, a type of lizard which is very expertsing in camouflage at Madagascar.

Leaf-tailed or Uroplatus geckos are one of Madagascar's most unique species. These moderate- to large-sized geckos rely on cryptic coloration as they sleep with their heads downward, flattened against tree trunks and adjusting their body coloration to their surroundings. Inactive during the day, Uroplatus geckos move only when disturbed. They respond to prodding with an impressive display of a brightly colored gaping mouth and an erect tail. At night they hunt insects.

Leaf-tailed geckos are existed in 9 species (so far found in Madagascar)

Uroplatus ebenaui

Uroplatus fimbriatus with flying insect

Uroplatus fimbriatus gecko on Nosy Mangabe

Uroplatus phantasticus gecko

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