26 facts about the satanic leaf-tailed gecko you may not know

An odd looking creature with an even odder name, the satanic leaf-tailed gecko is a rare lizard species that can only be found on the island of Madagascar. These geckos are noted for their large, flat tail that resembles a leaf. The scientific name of this species, phantasticus, is Latin for “imaginary”, and it was given this name because upon their discovery in 1888, naturalist George Albert Boulenger described the lizards as “mythical”. And we can see why!