A rare species of gecko that can only be found on the island of Madagascar, the Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko is noted for its large, flat tail that resembles a leaf. The scientific name of its species, phantasticus, is Latin for “imaginary”, and it was given this name because upon their discovery, naturalist George Albert Boulenger described the lizards as “mythical”. So this week, we’re making these little lizards our animal of choice.

Editorial Note: As I’m no zoologist, I can’t tell if all of the following images are just of the Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko or a mix of different subspecies. Either way, they all look really cool.

leaf gecko3 580x381 Animal Of The Week: The Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko

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