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Madagascar Giant Day Gecko
Phelsuma madagascariensis

Habitat: Different types of habitats in rainforests, moist and dry forests, agricultural, orchard and urban settings

Range: Widely distributed in Madagascar

Natural Diet: Insects and other invertebrates

Status in the Wild: Common (Least Concern)


Fun Animal Facts

The Madagascar Giant Day Gecko is bright green in color with some reddish-brown blotches on their dorsal area and head. When an animal is under stress, its body color darkens. They are active by day and rest by night living in tree canopies. Mature adults have calcium deposits stored in sacs on each side of their necks. Males are highly territorial. Breeding season is from November to May. They shake their heads and tails during breeding season and are also known to produce calls. Females lay a pair of eggs several times a year.

Conservation: since they are widely distributed and have a large overall population in the wild, it has been suggested that their current status is unlikely to become threatened or endangered.

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These geckos are brilliant green in color (Photo courtesy: Scott Findley Photography)


Distributional range