The giant leaf-tailed gecko is native to Madagascar, where it inhabits rain forest habitat along the eastern coast. It has a relatively flattened body; a large, angular head with large eyes and vertical pupils; and very muscular legs it uses to jump from tree to tree. The fringed body – the lizard is also known as the fringed leaf-tailed gecko – may exhibit a variety of colors, from dark brown to light gray, and the tail is wide and flat, resembling a leaf and providing the gecko with its common name. While it is a magnificent gecko, it is not recommended for novice keepers.
Giant Leaf-Tailed Gecko Size
Adult giant leaf-tailed geckos range in size from 10 to 12 inches. Hatchlings measure about 2 to 2 1/2 inches upon hatching and grow very quickly!
Giant Leaf-Tailed Gecko Lifespan
Wild-caught specimens tend to average two to five years in captivity, whereas captive-bred animals tend to live between seven and 10 years.