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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.


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.