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Giant Day Gecko

Classification
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Gekkonidae
  • Genus: Phelsuma
  • Species: madagascariensis grandis
Fun Fact

Giant day geckos may or may not have red spots or marks on their body, however, they all have red stripes that run from their nostrils to their eyes.

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About Giant Day Geckos

Day geckos are diurnal and live in trees. In the genus Phelsuma, the giant day gecko is the largest species, as the name would suggest. When fully grown they can be about one foot in length.

Besides, red markings, they may also have small blue spots on their body. They are usually bright green but can be a bluish-green color as well. When they get stressed they become dark green and their red marks become more orange. The geckos bright colors help to camouflage them, making it easier for them to hunt prey.

They make a call by clicking their tongue against the roof of their mouth. The sound produced by this motion sounds similar to a frog.

Giant Day Geckos in the Wild

Habitat

They live in the canopy trees of tropical rainforests and palms of coconut plantations.

Location

They are widely distributed in northern and northwest Madagascar; they were also accidentally introduced to Florida and Hawaii.

Diet

They feed on insects and invertebrates.

Population Status

This species is listed as a species of "least concern," though their numbers are currently decreasing due to collecting for the pet trade and deforestation.

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