Spring has officially come to Ellen Trout Zoo. The first baby animals of the 2019 season have made their way into the world. The hatching of two Henkel's leaf-tailed geckos. In East Texas we have lots of Geckos, but not like these. The ones I see here are usually Mediterranean Geckos, and aren't native to our area. They also can't really survive in the wild, and are an invasive species. Those are the clear bumpy ones you see on your windows sitting around catching bugs.

Henkel's leaf-tailed geckos are just that, their tail looks like a leaf. I think this means that they are much better suited for the wild, and even without eyelids seem to be able to use that tail, and basically looking like a stick to keep away from predators.

They will be on display one they complete the remodel the Small Animal Building. The Ellen Trout Zoo is working hard on the remodel to bring visitors a new experience. It's well underway but there is still a lot to do, so no completion date yet for the project.

This is just the first of many spring babies coming to Ellen Trout Zoo. We will keep checking for updates from Zoo director Gordon Henley, and bring them to you here.