Newly Discovered beautiful Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko species are amazing.

by Peter Barnes

The satanic leaf tailed Gecko is a soft-tailed reptile that prefers a peaceful sleep in the forests of Madagascar. He has developed an extreme method of hiding: turning it into a dead leaf.

Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko Details

There are 13 recognized satanic leaf tailed Gecko species found in 17th-century Madagascar. These species are divided into 13 groups, in part, according to the undergrowth they mimic. All leaf-tailed geckos have long, flat bodies with triangular heads.

It can be seen in brown, gray, tan, or orange colors. The body of the Satanic leaf tailed Gecko is curved like the edge of a leaf and its fur marked with strokes that mimic the veins of a leaf. But the most amazing accessory in gecko’s disguise is definitely its tail.

The satanic green-tailed Gecko is smaller than other groups and is between 2.5 and 3.5 inches long, including it’s tail. Satanic leaf tailed Gecko is a spectacular hidden lizard species, common to the last rain-forests of the highlands of Madagascar. This Gecko can find only in rain-forests of two-thirds of southern eastern Madagascar, a large island nation in southeastern Africa.

Diet and Behavior

Satanic leaf tailed gecko
Photo – Mark Scherz

The satanic leaf tailed Gecko, stays awake all day, but as soon as the sun goes down, he hides to eat. Their large, lidless eyes are made to detect prey in the dark. Like other lizards, this lizard is believed to feed on anything from crickets to spiders. Satan does not rely on a neutral hiding place for the protection of the leaf-tailed Gecko. It also acts as a leaf at rest.

The bee sleeps with the body flattened against the trunk or branch of a tree, with the head down and the tail up. It has limited ability to change color, and when the camouflage fails, it raises its tail, raises its head, opens its mouth, exposing a bright orange-red interior, and sometimes even calls for subordinates to help.

Breeding of Gecko

Beginning of the rainy season in their native Madagascar also marks the beginning of their breeding season. The mother lays her clutch, laying two or three spherical eggs in the ground or on the dead leaves of a plant. This allows the hatchling to hide after approximately 95 days of emergence can have two or three baby geckos a year.

satanic leaf gecko
photo – Pinterest

Conservation status and threats

The forests of the Madagascar are deteriorating. Although currently listed as a species of minimal concern by International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, this unusual lizard could soon be in danger. There is a high value for the collection and export of species of interest to exotic pets, which are currently illegal but may persist in small quantities.

Satanic Leaf Gecko Facts summery:

  • Scientific Name: Uroplatus phantasticus
  • Common Name: Satanic leaf-tailed gecko
  • Basic Animal Group: Reptile
  • Size: 2.5–3.5 inches
  • Weight: 0.35–1 ounce
  • Lifespan: 3–5 years
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Habitat: Mountainous rain forests of eastern Madagascar
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern

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