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Giant leaf-tailed gecko

Uroplatus fimbriatus

Giant leaf-tailed gecko at Paignton Zoo
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Reptiles
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae

The nocturnal giant leaf-tailed gecko only inhabits forests in Madagascar.

These geckos eat range of insects including crickets, moths and cockroaches. Our male giant leaf-tailed gecko is fed crickets and locusts.

Interesting facts!

  • These geckos are masters of camouflage. By day, they plaster themselves to a small tree trunk and rest their heads down to blend in. If disturbed, they will raise their tail and head, open their mouth and scream.
  • Their large eyes are covered with transparent scales that function as protective lenses. Geckos are often seen licking their eyes to clean these scales!
  • Both males and females may breed with numerous partners. The females lay 2 to 4 eggs on the forest floor which take around 3.5 months to hatch, and they lay up to 3 clutches per year.

Conservation

This species is listed as being of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, but faces threats such as habitat destruction in its native home of Madagascar.