This species of geckos
is not endangered unless the rain forest disappears
The geckos have many
different genus types, and each of the species has a special trait that
make them unique. The gecko above is a leaf-tailed gecko. This unique
animal has many different species with-in it genus Uroplatus. These
specific geckos are native to Madagascar, where there are nine different
species, which is the only place they are found.
The subject Gecko at the Fort
Worth Zoo is the Uroplatus fimbriatus, which is one of the largest
geckos in the world. This large gecko is 5.6-7.6 inches long from snout
to tail. This animal is amazing to look at in the zoo, he is so large that
if you picked him up he would be able to use the underside of your arm
as a resting place. Looking at this creature speaks for its self why people
are amazed by its beauty.
This gecko is much like others but
it has some special traits: bark like skin, large eyes that can be yellow
or a brown color, very flat, and his most special trait the leaf like tail.
The skin on the animal is very rough looking and camouflages the gecko
into the bark of a tree very well. The gecko sleeps all day and it accomplishes
sleeping out of harms way, by blending into to a tree. The skin pattern
on the jaw of the gecko helps to break up the patterns and look more like
the bark of a tree.
The Geckos have special traits as
a species, they are nocturnal, they have no eyelids, they are the only
Reptile who has been able to make use of their voice. They have special
feet to hold onto vertical surfaces, their feet have two parts to attachment.
First they have little claws at the tops of the toes to dig into the surface,
as well as having adhesive structures bottom of the feet. *Recent
studies of geckos have suggested that the ability of geckos to cling
to a smooth surface is due to Van der Waal's forces -- numerous minute
electrostatic attractions at the molecular level. Contact between the animals
body and the surface it clings to is maximized by rows of scales on the
toes divided into millions of microscopic plates.
anatomical, physiological or behavioral adaptations:
The Leaf -Tailed gecko has a unique
attachment to its body compared to the rest of the geckos. His tail is
large and flat, which appears to be of great help to the animal. The gecko
can use the tail to hold himself up on the branch of a tree, by wrapping
the tail around the branch. This could be helpful to the animal when attacking
a prey or reaching items of use to them. Or they can use it to just hang
around and relax.
fact about this animal is the appearance of no eyelids. The reality of
this is that their eyelids have become transparent. They have what has
been said to be a contact lens type of fixture in place of the eyelid.
When I went to observe this animal
I found him to be very stationary, he was not very active and this made
for a not so interesting attraction to the animal. However the animal was
such an attractive looking animal because of its rarity. The animal does
not remind me of what I think of when I describe a gecko, but I have learned
there are more animal types than I first imagined. The tail is very fleshy
and quite leaf like. The animal pulls the attention of the children because
it's kind of odd looking, so the animal does get many visitors for it's
Crabtree, Animal Life Student. Texas Wesleyan University. Spring 1998.