Standing’s Day Gecko

INTRODUCTION

One of the largest species of day gecko, Standing’s Day Gecko is found in the dry southwest of the Island of Madagascar, off the coast of East Africa.

Like other Day Geckos this species eats a range of invertebrates, nectar and pollen. Males and females can both be very territorial, defending their home tree from same-sex rivals. Geckos are great climbers and use special scales on the underside of their toes to cling to surfaces.

Tiny hair-like scales hook into any irregularity in the surface, meaning these lizards can even walk upside-down on glass.

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FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Phelsuma standingi

Status:

Vulnerable

Size:

Up to 30cm

Weight:

40-80g

Life Span in Wild:

Up to 5 years

Habitat:

Dry forest and thornbush

Diet:

Omnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Insects, nectar and fruit

Where Do I Live?

Southwest Madagascar

Do I Have Any Predators?

Snakes, Birds of prey

How Do I Live?

Diurnal, Arboreal

Why Am I Endangered?

This species is threatened by the loss, degradation and fragmentation of its native habitat due to human activities. It is also illegally harvested for the international pet trade

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