Standing's Day Gecko Phelsuma standingi

Standing's Day Gecko

  Reptiles and amphibians

Standing's Day Gecko Phelsuma standingi

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Standing's Day Gecko

Scientific name:
Phelsuma standingi
Family:
Geckonidae
Class:
Reptilia
Phylum:
Chordata
Year of description:
Methuen & Hewitt, 1913
IUCN Status:
Vulnerable
CITES-status:

Its trade is regulated (CITES). It is a species listed in Appendix II of CITES.

Distribution:

This gecko is endemic; it only lives in the southwest of Madagascar, in a dry and arid climate.

Habitat:

Standing's day gecko is a tree-dweller and lives mainly in dry and thorny forests.

Size:

It measures between 17 and 23 cm.

Diet:

It feeds on small insects, fruit, pollen and nectar.

Did you know?

Biomimicry: the adhesive strips on the underside of geckos' legs inspired the development of Gecskin, a material used to attach objects to walls.
 
This species is oviparous. Breeding takes place during the wet season, between November and March. The female usually lays two eggs every 4 to 6 weeks. Incubation lasts 70 days. 

 

Standing's Day Gecko Phelsuma standingi
 

Standing's day gecko seeks out the dry areas of the terrarium like the desert reptiles.

Did you know?

Where is the animal to be found?

It only lives in Madagascar. Standing's day gecko is a tree-dweller and lives mainly in dry and thorny forests.

How can it be recognised?

Females have glands on each side of their head where they store calcium. It measures between 17 and 23 cm. It feeds on small insects, fruit, pollen and nectar.

What is distinctive about it?

In order to produce strong eggshells, females need a lot of calcium, which they store in glands at the back of their heads.

Where can I find it at Nausicaá?

MANKIND AND SHORES

Standing's Day Gecko

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