flecks and speckles
all along it,
as if the
lie upon it,
Uroplatus henkeli – Henkel’s leaf-tailed geckos have markings identical to the bark on which they lie. A flap of skin around their bodies breaks up their outlines and makes them even more cryptic. They are classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
This poem is in my book Animal Magic, which is available from: