Uroplatus guentheri was first discovered in 1908 and not found again until 1970. This is a medium sized species obtaining a length of up 6-7″ (15-18cm). Their coloration varies depending on environment, but generally they are shades of dark browns and tans and resemble a branch more than they do bark or lichen. Recent studies suggest U.guentheri to one of the first Uroplatus to have evolved, approximately 40 million years ago. They’re a very active species and what they lack in appearance they make up for in personality.
Habitat and Range
Uroplatus guentheri inhabit patches of dry deciduous forests of western and north western Madagascar. It has been found roosting in shrubs and low tress up to 5 meters high.
Uroplatus guentheri can be kept as most other Uroplatus, however, they are a bit more tolerant of higher temperatures lower humidity levels than other Uroplatus species. The occasional daytime highs can reach 82-84 without any affect but prolonged exposure is not recommended. They prefer a deciduous/shrub forest vivarium with a network of branches (1/4″-1/2″) and will readily feed on most live insects offered. Hydration and humidity should be maintained by misting once per evening.
A trio (1.2) of adult U.guentheri can easily be housed in an 18x18x24″ enclosure. Females can mature and produce viable eggs as young as 5-6 months of age though it is recommended to let the females fully develop before attempting an introduction with a persistent male.