Meet the Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko. It’s the only “dragon” known to exist in modern times, and — oh, wait, what now? This isn’t real, it’s Photoshop? Damn, that’s disappointing.
Yes, unfortunately, this is not a photo of an oddly-evolved gecko with dragon-like wings. The picture does give me tons of ideas for how the tiny dragons in my novel might look, but sadly, this image was quickly debunked as a Photoshop by Snopes almost as soon as it appeared on the social media scene, back in September 2012.
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.
Damn. But hey. It’s the last Friday of the month, and I don’t have anything prepared for my Random Writing for August. I also don’t have a new chapter to share of the Neeka Story, even though I’ve been working on that all week. So we’re all disappointed I guess.
I apologize for being so negative tonight, and hopefully tomorrow will be kinder. Thanks for reading and stay creative.
Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko, Photoshopped image, from Snopes.com