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Species page for: Day Gecko (genus: Phelsuma)


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A brief snippet about Day Gecko

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Natural Habitat
Day Gecko - Honolulu Zoo

There are about 25 species of Day Geckos (genus Phelsuma) mainly from Madagascar. Most Phelsuma species are brightly colored and strikingly patterned. Mauritius Day Geckos, Phelsuma cepediana, grow to 4-6 inches. They are dark green to blue-green with attractive red spots. They are known to be quite quarrelsome. Females are smaller and slightly less colorful.

Captive Care
Captive Care : Breeding of Phelsuma barbouri

The purpose of this site is to educate people about day geckos. I have 5 years of experience with the keeping and breeding of these magnificent animals. What started with one single Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis, has grown very fast to a collection with more than 150 animals of 30 species.

Day Gecko (Phelsuma sp.) - Sand Fire Dragon Ranch

Day Gecko - Phelsuma sp. Description Most day geckos are predominantly brightly colored green, but hues of blue, purple and red are also usually present. Some are brown or dark colored, but they are not commonly experienced in the pet trade. As the name implies, they are a diurnal species, feeding during the day and hiding at night. Presently there are about 36 species described. They range in size from 8 centimeters to over 30 centimeters. Their lifespan ranges from approximately 6 to more than 15 years.

Day Gecko - genus Phelsuma -Pet Care Guide

All day geckos are in the genus Phelsuma, one of the many genera in the family Gekkonidae. There are over 68 known living species and subspecies of day geckos, most are from Madagascar and the surrounding islands of the Indian Ocean. The "GEICO Gecko" is a day gecko

Day Gecko Care by Greg Christenson -

Day geckos of the genus Phelsuma are different from other geckos for several reasons. Unlike most other geckos, day geckos are diurnal (active during the day), hence their name. They are also very territorial and they are very colorful. Phelsuma have some fairly stringent care requirements, and beginning Day Gecko keepers should start with some of the easier to care for species, such as Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis (Giant day gecko), Phelsuma laticauda (Gold Dust day gecko), and Phelsuma lineata (Lined day gecko).

GGA Cares For... Phelsuma Standingi

Common Name: Standing’s Day Gecko Scientific Name: Phelsuma standingi Methuen and Hewitt, 1913 Description: Standing’s Day Gecko is rather large for a gecko, most individuals average a stocky 20 to 26 cm (8 to 10.25 inches) in total length. Exceptional individuals can reach 30.5 cm (1 foot).

Giant Day Gecko - Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis

Temperament — Like most arboreal geckos, giant days are very skittish and do not tolerate handling well. They will often run off in an attempt to escape, sometimes even dropping their tales if restrained. This species is very fast and will not likely be seen again if dropped in a room with good hiding spots. It is for this reason that day geckos are best left behind glass!

Giant Day Gecko, Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis - Joe Farah

Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis, commonly called "grandis" is a beautiful regional variation of the Phelsuma madagascariensis. They originate from the Northern tip of Madagascar. Although still underrated, grandis are one of the most popular and also one of the largest of the various Phelsuma species, growing to about a foot in total length.

Giant Day Gecko, Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis - NSHS

Size: Averages 9" to 10”, may reach nearly 12". Identifying markings: A bright green species usually with vivid red spots or bars on mid to lower back. A distinct red line from eye to nostril is always present.

Gold Dust Gecko (Phelsuma laticauda)

By: Paul Nagl
The gold dust day gecko is widely distributed. It is native to Madagascar as well as the Comoros Islands. It has been introduced onto the Hawaiian islands and onto Farquhar island in southern Seychelles.

Notes on Breeding of the Giant Day Gecko - D. T. Kirkpatrick, PhD

One of the largest and most spectacular of the Day Geckos is the Giant Day Gecko, Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis. At the turn of the decade, an adult pair could be purchased for $200.00 but captive-bred juveniles were not available. Thankfully since that time the care and breeding of the Giant Day Gecko has become easier as more people have kept them and information has circulated as to the proper husbandry of the species. In just a few short years, captive-bred individuals have become the norm rather than the exception.

Phelsuma 'Day Gecko' Care Sheet By: Greg Christenson

Day geckos of the genus Phelsuma are different from other Geckos for several reasons. Unlike most other geckos, day geckos are diurnal (active during the day) hence their name. They are also very territorial and they are very colorful. Phelsuma have some fairly stringent care requirements, and beginning Day Gecko keepers should start with some of the easier to care for species such as ~Phelsuma standingi (Standing’s Day Gecko), ~Phelsuma laticauda (Gold Dust Day Gecko), and ~Phelsuma lineata (Lined Day Gecko). Even though most day geckos species have many common needs, there are also many different care requirements between species

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Captive Bred Phelsuma -

A group of lizards that have become very popular is the incredible beautiful geckos of the genus Phelsuma. One of the reasons are of course the brilliant collors and an other that they are active during the day. For those of you who wants a pet lizard, this is where you stop reading. All species are extremly fast and do not like to be handled. To keep them in a terrarium is like having a nice aquarium. It is something you like to watch and not disturb unless nessesary.

Gecko - Woodland, Ca

To provide education, quality captive bred geckos and related husbandry supplies to customers. Gecko Ranch customers are supported from time of purchase throughout the life of the gecko.
To specialize in captive propagation of rare and endangered Phelsuma (Day Geckos). To continually strive to attain the cutting edge of gecko husbandry by attending symposiums, conducting research and freely sharing any knowledge obtained.

Tim Tytle Lizards

For over thirty years, Tim Tytle has acquired geckos from around the world to produce a captive bred collection unlike any other. Tim Tytle pioneered husbandry techniques that herpetoculturists continue to follow today.

CalPhotos : Sp. Phelsuma

Giant Day Gecko (Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis)

Nick Garbutt wildlife photographer


Welcome to Milwaukee Reptiles. We pride ourselves on top-quality animals and excellent customer service. Feel free to have a look around. Leopard Geckos Gargoyle Geckos Crested Geckos Bearded Dragons Madagascar Giant Day Geckos

Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis -

Distribution and 16 pics.

More Info.
Day Gecko - Leaping Lizards -Leeds, Alabama USA

All the species, Pics and for sale online

Fruit and Honey Mixture -

A nice recipe.

Joe Farah's Privately Bred Reptiles and list of breeders

A private breeder with fanstastic photos and links to other breeders. "This page is for the public, and is dedicated to representing the GOOD reptile breeders whom I have gotten to know in one way or another. Most were because of a mutual interest or through a sale/purchase of an animal. "

Some Notes on Breeding of the Giant Day Gecko

by David T. Kirkpatrick.

The genus Phelsuma - (must must read)

All species of the genus Phelsuma occur on islands located in the south-western Indian Ocean, except Phelsuma dubia that is also found on mainland Africa in coastal Kenya and Tanzania. This species probably arrived there only recently, most likely by cargo vessels as the main distribution area is around the ancient merchant ports of Mombassa, Dar-Es-Salaam and Zanzibar (on Zanzibar Island).

Other Info.
Madagascan Giant Day Gecko - Erie Zoo

The giant day gecko is a large green diurnal gecko. They are often found with red or orange spots scattered on their bodies adding to the aesthetic beauty of these geckos.

PhelsumaWeb - forum

The purpose of this site is to educate people about day geckos. In Dutch and English. A must visit if you are into this species.

Standing's Day Gecko - Who Zoo

Standing's Day gecko is one of the largest geckos in Madagascar. This gecko color can range from a bluish-grey to a turquoise -green. The length of the gecko can attain anywhere from 8 to 10 inches long. The gecko has the capability to climb up smooth vertical surfaces and stick to cellings because of its toes.


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