Camouflaged lizards

A short piece to get some new photos on the front page.  Three lizards from different parts of the world that demonstrate exceptional camouflage.  Photographing camouflaged subjects is always a balancing act – on the one hand, the image should show how effective the camouflage is but, on the other hand, if it shows it too well, it may be difficult or impossible for the viewer to find the subject.

First is the so-called satanic leaf-tailed gecko from Madagascar.  This species often sleeps during the day curled up among dead leaves in a low-growing shrub, and forages on the ground at night.

Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko, Uroplatus phantasticus, Andasibe, Madagascar

 

Next is a Weber’s gecko, a small species from the dry, rocky habitat of Namaqualand, in the northwest region of South Africa.

Weber's gecko, Pachydactylus weberi, Springbok, South Africa

 

And finally a desert horned lizard, a ground-living species from the American Southwest.  This species is active during the day but “freezes” when it detects danger, relying on its camouflage to escape notice.

Desert horned lizard, Phrynosoma platyrhinos, North America

 

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