Devilishly Disguised: The Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko

Devilishly Disguised: The Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko
Satanic Leaf-tailed Geckoimage credit: en.academic.ru
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Satanic Leaf-tailed Geckoimage credit: Photo: Thomas Marent www.thomasmarent.com
Satanic Leaf-tailed Geckoimage credit: jpgmag.com
Habitat: Madagascar
Status:
Vulnerable


You might have a hard time trying to spot the creature in a few of these photos, but that’s because the Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko is a master of disguise. All 9 cm of the gecko literally looks exactly like a leaf, right down to the grungy, dead leaf tail.

And those eyes! Guess that’s where the “Satanic” part of its name comes from! The creature has small crests over his glassy eyes that give him a menacing look. Some Satanic Leaf-tailed Geckos even have red eyes which i’m sure really freak other animals out when all they think they had been looking at was a leaf to begin with.

Though, I’m sure every creature in Madagascar is used to running into weird animals, like the tomato frog or giraffe weevil. Red eyes are pretty standard.

Locals are afraid of them and refer to them as the devil. When disturbed, larger members of the species stand up open mouthed and let out a large hiss. K that’s a little sketchy…