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Hard to see

Duration: 02:26

David Attenborough finds a leaf-tailed gecko, camouflaged against a tree-trunk. It is so well disguised, it is very hard to see. This little creature terrifies most Madagascans since they believe it to have a powerful evil spirit. If you touch one they say you must cut that part of your body to cleanse the evil with your blood. Its camouflage works because of flaps and growths that prevent it casting any shadows.

This clip was first broadcast in 1961.

Available since: Tue 8 Feb 2011


David Attenborough
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Geoffrey Mulligan
David Attenborough

This clip is from

Zoo Quest Zoo Quest to Madagascar, Episode 5

5/5 David Attenborough searches for one of the rarest animals of Madagascar, the indri. (1961)

First broadcast: 30 Jun 1961

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