Madagascar Day Gecko

Name

Madagascar day gecko

Scientific Name

Phelsuma madagascarensis grandis

Characteristics

The Madagascar day gecko is a diurnal and arboreal subspecies of gecko that typically inhabits rainforests and dwells on trees.

Madagascar day geckos are usually bright green but the shade can vary. They have a stripe that runs from the nostril to just behind the ear; this tends to be a red colour. Females are a less vibrant colour and have smaller heads than males. This particular species is the largest of the day geckoes. Their tails are usually just as long as their bodies or longer.

They have special feet that aids in climbing. The feet have millions of densely packed hairs called setae, allowing them to walk on vertical surfaces. Their eyes are very large, usually with a circle of bright blue around them. They do not any have eye lids. Male geckos can change colour when they are stressed or if they are ill; colours darken in these situations.

Diet

The Madagascar day gecko is an omnivore feeding on insects and fruit.

Size Fact

Adults can reach up to 28 cms in length.

Food Fact

They like to lick honey!

Fun Fact

Vocalisations can range from squeaks and clicks to barks and croaks.

IUCN Red list

Classified as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Where do I live?

Native to the eastern coast of Madagascar.

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