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Standing’s Day Gecko
Phelsuma standingi

Habitat: Dry forest and thornbush

Range: South-western Madagascar

Natural Diet: Insects, nectar, and other invertebrates and small lizards

Status in the Wild: Vulnerable

 

Fun Animal Facts

It is one of the largests species of day geckos. Their body color varies from brownish-grey to greenish-brown. Standing's day gecko is diurnal and arboreal. Their toes have special adaptations which allows them to adhere to a variety of surfaces.

Conservation: Habitat fragmentation and destruction due to conversion to agricultural lands has had a detrimental effect on the free-ranging population numbers of this species. They are also overharvested for the pet-trade.

 

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These geckos live in the southwestern regions of Madagascar (Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Distributional range in Madagascar (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)