Is it a bark from a tree? NO!… So it’s a leaf! EITHER!
It is the Uroplatus sickorae, a species of gecko from the depths of the Madagascar jungle. These peculiar reptiles are nocturnal, arboreal and depend on their natural camouflage to survive, which is why they resemble the bark of a tree.
In order to be inconspicuous, they have developed a flap of skin that runs the length of their bodies. This allows them to perch completely flat against a tree, making them virtually invisible. In addition to this amazing ability, these geckos can change their skin color to match their surroundings.
The excellent camouflage of the Uruplatus makes them difficult prey to hunt. Birds of prey, such as owls and eagles, along with rats and snakes, are their most common predators.
- Unfortunately, these geckos are very popular in the exotic pet trade, which has contributed to the population decline.
- The Uroplatus are also threatened by the destruction of their habitat and two species of their family; the Uroplatus malama and malahelo, are in danger of extinction.
- These reptiles are nocturnal hunters. They feed on different types of insects, worms and arachnids.
- The female Uruplatus lays 2 to 4 eggs every 30 days, which take 30 days to hatch.
- Uroplatus, comes from the Greek words: ourá and platys, which mean tail and flat, respectively. These creatures are not very fast, as their average speed is about 30 miles per hour.