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15 amazing camouflaged animals

By: Russell McLendon on Sept. 22, 2017, 10:12 a.m.
Mossy leaf-tailed gecko hiding out on a tree branch

Photo: JialiangGao/Wikimedia Commons

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Mossy leaf-tailed gecko

It may look like this lizard has been overrun with moss, but save your sympathy — that's its skin. This is the mossy leaf-tailed gecko, a master of disguise found only in the forests of Madagascar.

Since these geckos live in trees, they've evolved moss- and bark-colored skin, complete with "dermal flaps" that break up their outline (see this photo for an example). But they also have another trick up their sleeves: Much like chameleons, they can change their skin color to match the background.