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Henkel's Leaf-Tailed Gecko Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Uroplatus henkeli
  • Class

    Reptiles
  • Order

    Sauria
  • Range

    This gecko is found on Madagascar and the nearby island of Nosy Bé.

  • Habitat

    The species favors forests.

  • Niche

    The leaf-tailed gecko feeds on insects it finds in the treetops as well as the occasional snail.

  • Life History

    Henkel's leaf-tailed geckos spend much of their lives in the trees, descending only to lay eggs in the leaf litter beneath.

  • Special Adaptations

    Tiny pads on the feet of the Henkel's leaf-tailed gecko produce a strong adhesive effect, enabling the species to climb and cling to a variety of surfaces. The Henkel's leaf-tailed gecko at Lincoln Park Zoo can often be found hanging from the glass of its exhibit.

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