Henkel’s Leaf-tailed Gecko

(Uroplatus henkeli)


leaf-tailed gecko

Animal Info

Seneca Park Zoo is home to two male leaf-tailed geckos. They came to the Zoo in 2015 and can be found in the E.C.O. Center.

Status in the Wild

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


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


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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