Gecko, Henkel's Leaf-Tailed


Uroplatus henkeli


Henkel's leaf-tailed geckos are gray to brown in color with small, flat scales. They grow to an average of ten inches in length. Like other geckos, they have large toe pads. The leaf-tailed gecko gets its name from its short, wide leaf-shaped tail.

Family

Gekkonidae

Order

Squamata

Class

Reptilia

Range

Madagascar

Habitat

Primary forest and dense rainforest

Life Expectancy

Sexual Maturity

Diet

Leaf-tailed Geckos feed primarily on insects.

Status

IUCN - Vulnerable

Behaviors

The Henkel’s leaf-tailed gecko is a nocturnal, arboreal species of gecko. They spend the daytime resting on a tree or plant in a head-down position. Leaf-tailed geckos use camouflage to blend into their surroundings to hide from predators. They have small flaps of skin along the sides of their body that are used to break up the outline of the body for blending. Leaf-tailed geckos may use a loud screeching call to scare off predators or they will break off their tail in order to escape if caught. Typical clutch size is two eggs, which the female lays on the forest ground. Incubation takes around 90 days. Juveniles are approximately two inches at birth.

Adaptions

Special Interests

Leaf-tailed geckos do not have any eyelids. Instead, they will lick their eyes to remove any dust or particles.

Folklore

Conservation

Jacksonville Zoo History

Exhibit

Seronera Reptile House