9 Fascinating Creatures Unique to Madagascar

By Benjamin Kim, Epoch Times
February 24, 2014 Updated: February 24, 2014

Madagascar is full of wildlife found only on the East African island. The real creatures are even more interesting than their animated versions in Disney’s Madagascar.

9. Giraffe Weevil


Giraffe weevil (Shutterstock)

The males, with their abnormally long necks, use their extended reach to attack other males during mating season. The shorter-necked females roll up a leaf to make a tube nest for their single egg. The giraffe weevil’s neck can grow up to about an inch long. Its bright-red back is about as eye-catching as its neck. 

 

8. Flat-Tailed Geckos


Flat-Tailed Geckos (Shutterstock)

 This gecko is a master of camouflage. It is nearly impossible to spot, since it can mimic its surroundings very well. There are more than 10 species of flat-tailed geckos on the island of Madagascar. Another special feature this gecko displays, and the one for which it is named, is its flat tail that looks just like a leaf.

 

7. Comet Moths


Comet Moth (Shutterstock)

This moth is also known as a Madagascan moon moth. Its tail can grow up to 6 inches, while its wing span can reach up to 8 inches. It only lives about five days, but it can begin reproducing as soon as it emerges from the cocoon. 

 

6. Tomato Frogs


Tomato Frog (Shutterstock)

The tomato frog is only found in the northern part of Madagascar. It is notorious for eating any living thing that fits in its mouth. Its feet are not webbed, as many frogs’ are, and it can excrete poison when threatened. Only the females have the red coloring. The males are rather dull-looking in comparison. 

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