The Art Of Camouflage – Gecko Style!

Today, I thought we would play a little game of hide-and-seek with 5 masters of deception and evasion from the reptile world! But you are going to have to look very, very closely!

Can you find one of them in the photo below?

Many plants and animals possess some form of camouflage, for many reasons.  The primary reasons for camouflage in geckos are to deceive both predators and prey.

Many geckos actually resemble the plants and trees upon which they lie in wait – some look like leaves while others might easily be mistaken for bark.

With that said, can you spot gecko #2?  Honest, there is a gecko in this second photo!

The Uroplatus geckos of Madagascar are in my opinion, the unrivaled champions of lizard camouflage. They are practically invisible to a passer-by or would-be predator.

Uroplatus geckos have a flattened and leaf-like tail. Their coloration developed as camouflage, most being grayish brown to black or greenish brown with various markings meant to resemble tree bark, right down to the lichens and moss found on the bark!

Check out this amazing gecko:

Did you find it?

Some have flaps of skin, running the length of its body, head and limbs which it can lay against the tree during the day, scattering shadows, and making its outline practically invisible. Did you know that the gecko can even change its skin color to match its background?

So, did any of these geckos fool you? How many were you able to spot? How long did it take you to find them? I’ll admit it is not much of a challenge to find them in a photo – but stepping foot in their natural environment and trying to find them there is a whole different story!

Thanks for playing along and make sure you keep your eyes peeled when out and about – you never know where something exciting might be lurking!

Next time, we’ll play hide-and-seek with some amazing amphibians!

By Candace,


About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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