Geckos of Madagascar —


Uroplatus fimbriatus
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Geckos (Gekkonidae family) are widespread in Madagascar. These small to moderately large lizards exist in a diverse array of forms across the island, from the neon-colored day geckos to the Uroplatus geckos (also known as leaf-tailed or fringed geckos), which are masters of camouflage with skin color and color patterns that almost perfectly match tree bark or moss.

Geckos in general
Geckos are found in warm climates worldwide and are named for their well-known vocalizations (chirps) used in social interactions with other geckos. Many geckos have specialized toe pads that enable them to climb smooth vertical surfaces.

Day geckos
Day geckos are active by day and advertise their presence with neon colors—typically bright green with orange, red, or blue spots.

Day gecko pictures

Uroplatus geckos
Leaf-tailed or Uroplatus geckos are one of Madagascar's most unique species. These moderate to large-sized geckos rely on cryptic coloration as they sleep with their heads downward, flattened against tree trunks and adjusting their body coloration to their surroundings. Inactive during the day, Uroplatus geckos only move when disturbed. They respond to prodding with an impressive display of a brightly colored gaping mouth and an erect tail. At night they hunt insects.

More on Uroplatus geckos

gecko photos


List of selected geckos found in Madagascar:
Geckolepis anomala
Geckolepis maculata
Geckolepis petiti
Geckolepis polylepis
Geckolepis typica
Paroedura androyensis
Paroedura bastardi
Paroedura gracilis
Paroedura homalorhinus
Paroedura karstophila
Paroedura lohatsara
Paroedura maingoka
Paroedura masobe
Paroedura oviceps
Paroedura picta
Paroedura sanctijohannis
Paroedura stumpffi
Paroedura tanjaka
Paroedura vahiny
Paroedura vazimba
Phelsuma abbotti chekei
Phelsuma antanosy
Phelsuma barbouri
Phelsuma berghofi
Phelsuma breviceps
Phelsuma dubia
Phelsuma flavigularis
Phelsuma gigas
Phelsuma guttata
Phelsuma hielscheri
Phelsuma kely
Phelsuma klemmeri
Phelsuma laticauda angularis
Phelsuma laticauda laticauda
Phelsuma lineata bombetokensis
Phelsuma lineata dorsivittata
Phelsuma lineata elanthana
Phelsuma lineata lineata
Phelsuma lineata punctulata
Phelsuma madagascariensis boehmei
Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis
Phelsuma madagascariensis kochi
Phelsuma madagascariensis madagascariensis
Phelsuma malamakibo
Phelsuma masohoala
Phelsuma modesta
Phelsuma mutabilis
Phelsuma pronki
Phelsuma pusilla hallmanni
Phelsuma pusilla pusilla
Phelsuma quadriocellata bimaculata
Phelsuma quadriocellata lepida
Phelsuma quadriocellata parva
Phelsuma quadriocellata quadriocellata
Phelsuma seippi
Phelsuma serraticauda
Phelsuma standingi
Phelsuma vanheygeni
Uroplatus ebenaui Spear-tail gecko
Uroplatus fimbriatus Giant leaf-tail gecko
Uroplatus guentheri Guenther's leaf-tail gecko
Uroplatus henkeli Frilled leaf-tail gecko
Uroplatus lineatus Lined leaf-tail gecko
Uroplatus malahelo
Uroplatus malama
Uroplatus phantasticus Satanic leaf-tail gecko
Uroplatus sikoraeMossy leaf-tail gecko





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