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Phelsuma madagascariensis

Phelsuma madagascariensis
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Copyright: Lucas Aguilar (laguilar) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 63] (213)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-26
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sany Xacti HD1010
Exposure: f/7.8, 1/25 seconds
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Date Submitted: 2011-01-20 0:45
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Phelsuma madagascariensis is a species of day gecko that lives in Madagascar. It requires a temperature of 28 to 31 degrees Celsius (82 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit).

There are several subspecies:

Phelsuma madagascariensis madagascariensis (Madagascar day gecko)
Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis (Madagascar giant day gecko)
Phelsuma madagascariensis kochi (Koch's giant day gecko)
Phelsuma madagascariensis boehmei (Boehme's giant day gecko)


It lives in wooded areas in the trees and ground vegetation. We can also be found in rocky areas and in areas near human settlements. Although a diurnal animal, it is easier to find this gecko in the shade than the sun.


Madagascar, Nossi Bé, Sainte Marie and the Seychelles.


In general in geckos has within the thin especially in terms of head and tail. Small head apart from being smaller than in other geckos such as eublepharis macularius, the snout is elongated with pointed tool. It has small, flexible fingers and sticky feet. The tail is not as big as in other geckos as caudicintus hemitheconyx because the blind zone is its beginning, and decreases its thickness to reach the top. Be careful with the handling of this animal as if it too could be stressed or scared off its tail, and although it will regenerate, it will be just fine and pretty, it will be short and fat and lose some movement. Distinguish a regenerated-tailed gecko is very easy because the regenerated is much shorter and fat, it can be seen in the last photo of Cda-Sergio's in the album on this tab.


The base color is light green, has red stains on the back and sometimes on the head and the belly is white in color but something dark or gray-green. It also features two red lines, that every part of one nostril and into the eye of the corresponding side of the head. It gecko you may suffer small changes in color depending on temperature and light.


Between 22 and 28 cm.

Sex differences:

Be careful with the choice of individuals because juveniles can be confusing. Adult males have a higher number of femoral pores in the inner thighs of his limbs posteiores (usually between 18 and 25), while females have less. In addition, male and often have larger thicker tail and larger head, but the latter differences are not very reliable.


Day 15 to 30 º C and night 20 to 22 º C. The temperature must not drop below 18 º C or up to 32 degrees C, as these are the extremes and usually bear, but we must not risk.


They need a fresh water tank needs to be changed from time to time but not finished.


From 60-80 liters with more height to base, and it is climbing geckos. Be very careful with the lid of the terrarium and where pr holes between the air are very small, because their fingers have suction cups, so you can stick anywhere and escape from the terrarium. As substrate we used among other things, newspaper or records of approximately 4 mm, with rounded edges so it does not hurt, but never put them sand or fine gravel, they may swallow it and you could cause intestinal obstructions, we should not use artificial turf, it may cause persistent infections in the extremities. We put a water bowl and change the water gradually and keep the humidity between 50 and 75%.
As decoration, you will nudas tree branches to climb on them, we can also put stones plants, cut from PVC pipe and tree bark, which also serve to make it there, and as plants we can put photos and filomendros between others.
The lighting will run out of fluorescent tubes and are recommended for 12 to 14 hours of light, and heating it would be best to put an incandescent lamp, but it must be like fluorescents, protected by a sheet or grid to avoid These geckos can reach them and burn.


These animals are insectivores, so they eat crickets, grasshoppers, silkworms and moths, cockroaches, and mealworms (these should not give them often but I love it, but as a treat and give them a few times, because they contain a high fat content that makes them obese, and chitin from the mealworms will produce these geckos, intestinal disorders). All of these insects, we rebosarlos in a vitamin and calcium supplement before toss 2 or 3 times a week.
Besides the insects, they like to eat the nectar of sweet fruit, so we must include in your diet some sugary liquid, highlighting jam, peach, banana, fruit porridge even baby food jars. I also really like honey, but it must be very sparingly, as it contains much sugar and become obese.


It is a diurnal and arboreal gecko, so it will develop its activity during the day and we can see between the branches of trees or other site where you can Excal. This is a very territorial animal intraspecific fights while (especially if they are among males) of the same species may end with the death of one of the 2, so it is not recommended to keep several copies on premises.
In nature, has a very interesting defensive behavior, because if attacked by a bird or something from above starts dropping run on their hind legs to reach the nearest bush, then it starts running normally and are confused with weeds.


By bringing together a male and female, are sometimes not compatible and attack so we must separate them and try to put another male with the female or another female with the male.
At the time of copulation the male bites the female's neck to support and introduce you to one of his hemipenes. The female will lay two eggs after a period of between 25 and 30 days after intercourse. In captivity the female can lay any month of the year and between commissioning and commissioning will vary at least one month, but if you put several in a row, rest for half a year or so, in addition to copulate only once can lay fertile eggs several times because it has the ability to store sperm. The female will seek a haven where they lay eggs. After the start we should not touch the eggs until the shell becomes hard, then we can leave them in the cage or placed in an incubator and the ideal is that they were at a temperature of 27 º C during the day and 20 º C at night and humidity 75% air.
The small geckos born about two months after commissioning and measured about 6.5 cm and should be in a cage different from the parents, as they may be confused with food. We will separate the babies once you start territoriality between them (about 3 months old). Over 10 months of age reach sexual maturity and ready for playback.

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Good photo, details and colour in a natural setting. regards Yiannis

Hi Lucas,

Very sharp, neat, with perfect DOF picture.

Wish you all the best,


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