Standing’s Day Gecko
The Standing’s day gecko is one of the largest day gecko species in Madagascar. Found only in small, arid regions, these geckos are known for the bright blue-green russet bands that run across the length of their bodies.
Habitat: Standing’s day geckos are arboreal species and live in arid environments such as deciduous dry forests and dense scrub-like vegetation, known as thorn forest.
Diet: While their diet is unknown, it is believed to be similar to other species in the genus: likely omnivorous, feeding on invertebrates, nectar, pollen, and fruits.
Family Life: Their breeding season lasts from November through March. Females lay one or two eggs every four to six weeks and they hatch after 70 days. Neither the female nor the male provides parental care.
The Standing’s day gecko’s conservation status is currently listed as vulnerable.
- The Standing’s day gecko’s major threats include habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation.
- There are also known cases of this species being illegally harvested for the pet trade.
- Adults are mottled pale blue or blue-green, similar to the bark coloration in their habitat. This helps them blend into their surroundings and prevent attacks from predators.
- What’s that noise? The Standing’s day gecko will sometimes make various noises such as clicks, squeaks, and croaks.
- They are primarily adapted to live in baobab trees.
CLASS: Reptilia (reptiles)
ORDER: Squamata (scaled reptiles)
FAMILY: Gekkonidae (geckos)
GENUS: Phelsuma (day geckos)
SPECIES: Phelsuma standingi (Standing’s day gecko)
LIFE SPAN: 5 years (wild) / 12 years (zoo)
SIZE: Up to 12 inches (30.5 cm)
WEIGHT: 1.4 – 2.8 ounces (40 – 80 g)