Claim: The satanic leaf-tailed gecko has wings like a dragon.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2014]
Satanic leaf tailed gecko photos are popping up that look incredibly shopped but I haven’t found any credible source for rebuttal.
Origins: On 12 November 2014, the Twitter account @EarthBeauties posted a doctored photo of a satanic leaf-tailed gecko:
While the satanic leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) is a real animal, it does not actually have wings. Those dragon-like appendages were added to a photograph taken by author, entomologist, and photographer Piotr Naskrecki.
The gecko grew wings about a year later when the photograph was posted to the Hybrid Animals subreddit:
This is a subreddit for photoshop cross-breeding, not for posting random creatures or monsters in general. Create new animals by combining species with each other and/or with any other stuff you find appropriate. Using Photoshop.
The photo began spreading on the Internet, and on
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) June 9, 2013
The doctored photograph of the satanic leaf-tailed gecko has seen a few spikes in popularity since it first went viral in 2013, and it will likely see a few more surges over the years. But regardless of how many times the photo goes viral, this gecko will never be a member of the dragon family.
Last updated: 2 June 2015