A RARE lizard that can only be found in one place in the world has gone on display at Blue Planet Aquarium.
The bizarre-looking satanic, leaf-tailed gecko, based on the African island of Madagascar, is a master of disguise.
The 9cm-long lizard can perfectly mimic a dead leaf and can even curve its body due to its leaf-shaped tail.
Satanic leaf geckos get their name because they look like they have ‘horns’ and some specimens have red eyes.
Blue Planet’s Joe Chattell said: “They truly are extraordinary-looking reptiles. Their excellent camouflage skills mean they can seamlessly blend into their native rainforest home.
“They need this natural camouflage to protect them from would-be predators and looking like a harmless leaf provides the perfect disguise as they live among the low scrub layers of the northern and central tropical forests of Madagascar.”
Leaf-tailed geckos are one of Madagascar’s most unique species. They sleep flattened against trees of branches with their heads pointing downwards and can even modify their colour to match their surroundings.
Inactive during the day, the geckos move only when disturbed. Their large eyes help them hunt insects and other prey under the cover of darkness.
Leaf-tailed geckos are so well adapted to life in the rainforest and their disguises are so effective that new species are still being discovered today.