We know what you’re thinking.
Why do they call it a leaf-tailed gecko?
Well, because its tail looks like a leaf.
Pretty straightforward, right?
Recently, two Henkel’s leaf-tailed geckos hatched at the Zoo! Native to Madagascar, these beautiful animals are threatened by habitat loss and illegal collecting.
This gecko can conceal itself in its forest habitat through their remarkable camouflage against bark. As seen in these photos, their heads are large and triangle in shape with bulging eyes. Another neat feature of Henkel’s leaf-tailed geckos is their toe pads which provide adhesion for climbing
Henkel’s leaf-tailed geckos are part of a Species Survival Plan or SSP. These are programs developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure the survival of selected species in zoos and aquariums, most of which are threatened or endangered in the wild.
Both baby lizards are doing great, and you can see the adults in Small Wonders. Just another reason why we are #MoreThanAZoo.