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Tiny and rare gecko hatches at Bristol Zoo

The Henkel's leaf-tailed gecko emerged from an egg just 1.5cm in diameter. Credit: Bristol Zoo

Blink and you'll miss it... A tiny rare lizard has been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

The Henkel's leaf-tailed gecko is the fourth to be bred at the Zoo in the past year.

After three months incubating at room temperature, the tiny lizard hatched out of its egg which is just 1.5cm in diameter.

The gecko's natural habitat is in north and west Madagascar, in the wild they are classified as Vulnerable according to be International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Several more eggs at Bristol Zoo are expected to hatch in the coming weeks. Credit: Bristol Zoo

The curator of reptiles and amphibians at Bristol Zoo welcomed the newest arrival.

They are remarkable, and trying to spot them even in a relatively small enclosure is almost impossible.

We have several more eggs incubating so we are hopeful they will hatch in the coming weeks.

We hope that our breeding programme together with those at other zoos will help to safeguard their future.

– Tim Skelton, Bristol Zoo