Madagascar Day Gecko

PHELSUMA MADAGASCARIENSIS

Madagascar Day Geckos are the largest species of geckos. Their tails are sometimes longer than their bodies.

They have broad, flattened toe pads with adhesive lamellae (thin, flat scales) which give them the ability to cling to smooth surfaces. They tend to be found clinging to tree trunks and branches, where they rest and sunbathe.

These geckos eat a wide variety of arthropods. They also occasionally eat sweet fruits or nectar. Their main source of water is from the condensation found on leaves.

Our Current Residents

Marion, Male - Hatched 2014

Jane, Female - Hatched 2014

Both Geckos came to ZooMontana in 2015 through a breeder. They are quick little critters and can usually be seen clinging to the walls of their habitat.

Taxonomy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Gekkonidae
  • Genus: Phelsuma
  • Species: Phelsuma madagascariensis

Animal Facts

  • Omnivore
  • Common
  • Rain Forest
  • Diurnal


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