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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

Mada­gas­car has more than its fair share of en­demics, but some are eas­ier to spot than oth­ers. This im­age shows a mossy leaf­tailed gecko on a tree, but the point at which one stops and the other starts is far from ob­vi­ous. It’s not just the lizard’s un­canny, bark-like colours and tex­tures – a lacy flange around its body, legs and chin pro­vides the fin­ish­ing touch to a seam­less tran­si­tion. Geckos are thought to be able change colour to blend into their back­ground, like chameleons. But per­haps the tree is mim­ick­ing the lizard.

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