Can you see the lizard? This cork bark leaf-tailed gecko blends in with its surroundings thanks to some excellent, built-in camouflage. The species, …Read More »
Uroplatus pietschmanni, though discovered only recently, is endangered.
The species has made its way into the pet trade in limited numbers, because of its unique camouflage. On average, nearly 100 have been exported annually for trade purposes since 2004, with 262 being exported in the peak year of 2005.
It's easy to see why this species eluded scientists until now. The amazing cork bark leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus pietschmanni) was discovered in 2003…Read More »
by scientists in the east coast rainforest of Madagascar, in Toamasina province. The 5 inch (13 centimeter)-long species likes to climb thick branches, corkbark, and sturdy broadleafed plants, and has perfect camouflage. The gecko species is much less common than most other varieties and little is known about its range and distribution in its natural habitat.
Among the list of new species are mouse lemurs, the world's tiniest primates. Berthe's mouse lemur (Microcebus berthae), discovered in 2000, is the smallest…Read More »
of the mouse lemurs and the smallest in the world with an average body length of 3.5 inches (9 centimeters) and weight of around 1 ounce (30 grams). It is found in the Kirindy Mitea National Park in Western Madagascar.
Ready for her close-up: a female Furcifer timoni chameleon. In total, 11 new chameleon species have been described in Madagascar since 1999.
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