Species group: Geckos
Scientific name: Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis
A native of northern and western Madagascar and the island of Nsy Bohara, the Madagascar Giant Day Gecko is also found in Florida, Hawaii, and the Mauritius. They inhabit dry regions where regular heavy rainfall keeps the humidity high. They bask among trees and dwell in bushes, plants, and wall structures and human dwelling where there is an abundance of insects and basking spots.
Appearance / health:
The Madagascar Giant Day Gecko averages 9 inches in length and is brilliant green to bluish green all over with reddish orange spots, blotches, and markings on the head and body. A red line crosses the face from the snout to the eye. Like many Geckos, they have wide toepads, round pupils, and immovable eyelids. The belly is faint yellow to creamy white.
Behavior / temperament:
Madagascar Giant Day Geckos are arboreal, making them agile climbers that seldom walk on the ground. They feed in the daytime and hide in building cracks and among plants at night. They are territorial and aggressive towards other males. They should be handled very gently because their thin skin is easily torn.
Madagascar Giant Day Geckos are arboreal and best kept in vertically oriented woodland or rainforest type terrariums with high humidity and moist substrate. Lush vegetation provides the hiding places the lizard requires. Plants with smooth leaves and branches are recommended. Day temp: 77-86F; night temp: 65-74F; basking temp: 95-104F; day humidity: 60-70%; night humidity: 80-90%; lighting: 10-12 hours, UV radiation required.
Madagascar Giant Day Geckos should be kept singly or in pairs. Cage humidity must be precise for optimum health because these lizards easily dry out. They have very thin skin, which are easily torn and leave scars. Humidity that is too high can breed harmful organisms in the cage. Under the best conditions, these lizards can live up to 20 years.
The regular diet of the Madagascar Giant Day Gecko consists of insects (crickets, wax moths, flies, cockroaches, and grasshoppers), mealworms, and wax worms, as well as the nectar of flowers and soft ripe sweet fruit. Mineral supplements are recommended for breeding females.
These egg-laying lizards reach sexual maturity in a year and breed from November to May. At this time, the female lays up to 6 pairs of eggs that hatch in about 2 months.
vibrant green color, pretty lizard, awesome lizards, intermediate reptile owner, Stunning animal
fragile, handling, large terrarium, firsttime reptile owners, young children, correct humidity
live crickets, Geiko gecko ads, premixed powders, specialist lighting UVA
From Kacie Bingham Sep 29 2017 6:09PM
Pretty, but display only
Madagascan Giant Day Geckos are some of the most stunning lizards you'll get in captivity. Bright green with red spots, and occasionally blue markings too. If you want to set up a stunning display - I highly recommend them, because unlike most geckos, they are diurnal, and will quite often be out and about during the day.
Unfortunately they aren't the perfect pet, as they are both extremely fast, and have very very delicate skin that's easily damaged - this means you really can't pick them up and handle them. My group of adults are quite calm and placid in their enclosure, to the point where I can even get them to take food out of my hand - but they simply will not allow me to pick them up, even after years of being used to me. You can still interact with them at feeding time though.
I feed mine a variety of livefood and a dried powder that is mixed with water to create a sticky goo, called Day Gecko Diet. You can also feed them pureed fruit if you want, but the pre-mixed powders are nutritionally balanced with additional calcium and vitamins.
They do require a specialist setup, with both high temperatures and high humidity, which can require extra work (such as buying an automatic mister, otherwise spraying the tank multiple times a day), and need a high percentage of UVB lighting. I keep mine in pairs or trios in a 2 ft by 2ft by 3ft enclosure, with a lot of live plants and branches. Live plants will help the humidity a lot - but then does require extra specialist lighting (UVA).
Overall if you want to put the work into creating a stunning display then they are great, but if you want something hands-on they're not really suitable..
From Athravan Jun 15 2015 4:19AM