Henkel’s Leaf-tailed Gecko

(Uroplatus henkeli)

Reptile

leaf-tailed gecko

Animal Info

Seneca Park Zoo is home to three male leaf-tailed geckos. Their habitat can be found inside the E.C.O. Center.

Status in the Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Vulnerable.

Habitat

Inhabits lower levels of trees in dense, low-altitude rainforest in four separated areas in Western and Northern Madagascar.

Diet

Carnivorous. Eats primarily insects and arachnids, but may also eat some snails.

Did you know?

Leaf-tailed geckos use their superb coloration, fringed skin, and leaf-like tail to blend into their surroundings.

They usually hide with their tail up, like a leaf.

If threatened, this gecko can drop its tail, leaving it behind to distract the predator. A new, slightly different tail will grow back.

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