Klemmer's day gecko Phelsuma Klemmeri

Klemmer's day gecko

  Reptiles and amphibians

Klemmer's day gecko Phelsuma Klemmeri

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Klemmer's day gecko

Scientific name:
Phelsuma Klemmeri
Family:
Geckonidae
Class:
Reptilia
Phylum:
Chordata
Year of description:
Seipp, 1991
IUCN Status:
Endangered
CITES-status:

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Distribution:

Northwest coast of Madagascar.

Habitat:

It lives primarily in the tropical forests of Madagascar

Size:

The Klemmer's day gecko measures between 7 and 10 cm.

Diet:

It feeds mainly on small insects, flower nectar and fruit pulp.

Klemmer's day gecko Phelsuma Klemmeri
 

The maximum incubation period for Klemmer's day gecko eggs is 65 days.

Biomimicry: the adhesive strips on the underside of the geckos' legs inspired the development of gecskin, a material used to attach objects to walls.

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Where is the animal to be found?

This small tree-dwelling gecko lives primarily in the tropical forests of Madagascar. It lives in the palm and bamboo forests of primary forests, at about 400 m altitude.

How can it be recognised?

  • It can often be presented in groups of one male and four to five females.
  • It has a turquoise blue body and a yellow head.
  • It measures between 7 and 10 cm.
  • The Klemmer's day gecko is more sociable than other day geckos in Madagascar.
  • Males and females can be distinguished by morphological differences.

What is distinctive about it?

  • The female Klemmer's day gecko stores calcium in glands on the back of its head.
  • This calcium is used to produce strong eggshells.
  • Breeding takes place during the wet season, between November and March. Females usually lay two eggs.

Threat and protective measure

Its trade is regulated in Europe and internationally. It also benefits from some local protection measures.

Where can I find it at Nausicaá?

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The submerged forest

Klemmer's day gecko Phelsuma Klemmeri

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