Gecko Disguises


Meet the Statonic leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus); well we’d introduce you if we could find him! This reptile is a master of disguise; they stay hidden even as they roam the rainforests of Madagascar looking for tasty insects to eat.

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leaf tailed gecko. Flickr Credit: gripso_banana_prune

This reptile blends in by looking like a dried up leaf, if that wasn’t sneaky enough the leaf-tailed gecko can also flatten its body against the ground. If a determined predator is still able to snag this gecko they can always voluntarily shed their tail to escape.

If you were an animal how would you stay hidden from predators in the wild?

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