Thursday, January 6, 2011

Zoo's First Baby of 2011

The San Diego Zoo welcomes its first baby of 2011. The baby is a leaf-tailed lizard who gets its name from the horns over its eyes. It is called satanic gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus). Native to Madagascar, the satanic gecko is a camouflage specialist. Some have patterns that mimic tree bark or moss, while others have beards or their tails look like a dead leaf. The average size of this species is 3.5 inches making it the smallest of the gecko species. They also range in color from yellow to purple. Click here to read more about the satanic gecko and to see a picture.