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Emerald Tree Boa
This brilliant green, tree-dwelling snake can often be found coiled over a branch in its rainforest home. The white pattern on its scales mimics the spots of sunlight that filter through the tree canopy.
Henkel’s Leaf-tailed Gecko
The leaf-tailed gecko is one of the largest species of the genus Uroplatus. It gets its name from its short, broad tail that looks like a leaf. Henkel’s is just one of nine species of leaf-tailed geckos found in Madagascar. Many of the island nation’s endemic species are tiny reptilian wonders like this one.
Earning its name for ruling over other snakes (by eating them), the king cobra is the world’s largest venomous snake. These hooded serpents can get up to 18 feet in length.
Madagascan Tree Boa
Don’t be fooled by the name of this constrictor snake. The Madagascan tree boa spends most of its time in the dense undergrowth of the forest floor, and uses trees mainly for hunting. Its glossy scales are usually green with gray color patterns, but may be brown and yellow in drier forests.