The Baweng satanic leaf gecko is found only in Madagascar—that is—if you can actually spot it. This amazing lizard takes camouflage to new heights, expertly disguising itself to look like a dead leaf, a plant stem or even a strip of tree bark.
The species is endemic to Madagascar, meaning it is found nowhere else.It is an arboreal species that relies on its natural camouflage in the northern and central tropical forests of Madagascar.
But its natural rainforest habitat is disappearing. And while scientists do not yet consider the gecko endangered, its future is uncertain.
The leaf-tailed gecko is somewhat of an expert at avoiding predators, not only through their incredible mimicry, but through a number of behaviours. They can flatten their body against the substrate to reduce the body’s shadow.