Leaf-Tailed Gecko



flecks and speckles

so exact

all along it,


as if the

mosses that

it’s on

lie upon it,


the branch’s

echo —

a leaf-tailed




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:

IRON Press and Amazon and bookshops.

  1. Lovely Liz can’t wait till April will get one for my mum’s birthday, will you sign it if I send it you x

    Comment by Sue Hardy-Dawson — March 6, 2012 #

  2. Of course!

    Comment by Liz — March 6, 2012 #

  3. the leaf tailed cgkeos arent that hard to find at least i dont think they are . i think i should know beacuse i have seen them in a pet store.VN:F [1.9.10_1130]please wait…

    Comment by Djulian — April 4, 2012 #

  4. In Grand Forks people want to cull these bteauiful creatures I built a fence to protect my garden and really enjoy their presence found out they are not indigenous though Urban Deer

    Comment by Jenoveva — April 5, 2012 #

  5. Hello Djulian – there are many types of leaf-tailed gecko. Any of their presence in a pet store is sadly no reflection of whether they are endangered or not – often they have been taken from the wild and this is adding to their endangerment. These geckos live in Madagascar, where their forests are being cut down to make room for agriculture, and they are listed by the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable – the IUCN are the foremost experts on the status of endangered animals. If you saw one of these in a pet shop, and it was not captive bred, it is quite likely to have been illegally obtained for sale.

    Comment by Liz — June 20, 2012 #


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