African fat tailed geckos use their tails as protection from predators. If threatened, the gecko can drop its tail and run away, leaving the tail behind as a distraction. Take a quick look at our fat tailed geckos and you’ll also see that the tail is very similar in appearance to the head. This is thought to confuse predators meaning they may strike at the wrong end, meaning the gecko only receives a minor injury and has chance to escape.
Fat tailed geckos store up fat in their tails, which can later be used for energy should the gecko not be able to find enough food.