Uroplatus fimbriatus — Common Leaf-tailed Gecko
The small island preserve of Nosy Mangabe is most well-known as a place to see Aye-ayes, those bizarre and elusive lemurs. Sadly, we searched and searched for Aye-ayes but saw none. Happily, in the couple of days we were there, we did get to see at least a dozen of these large and extremely well-camouflaged geckos, once our guide taught us how to look for them.
We went on two night hikes at Masoala National Park. On the first night, we were disappointed to find very few animals, with the highlights being one sleeping Brookesia superciliaris and one weird frog. Our guide Armand blamed the poor night on recently purchased yet feeble Chinese batteries in his flashlight, which seemed a little doubtful. However, on the second night my sister Mary gave Armand some fresh batteries, and Armand made up for any earlier failings by finding lemurs, birds, frogs, chameleons, and geckos galore. Among the many highlights were four of these marvelous Uroplatus fimbriatus.
Here is a list of all the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Madagascar.
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