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Standing’s Day Gecko

Phelsuma standingi

Standings Day Gecko at Henry Vilas Zoo

About Standing’s Day Gecko

The Standing’s day gecko is one of the largest day gecko species in Madagascar. Found only in small, arid regions, these geckos are known for the bright blue-green russet bands that run across the length of their bodies.

Habitat

Standing’s day geckos are arboreal species and live in arid environments such as deciduous dry forests and dense scrub-like vegetation, known as thorn forest.

Diet

While their diet is unknown, it is believed to be similar to other species in the genus: likely omnivorous, feeding on invertebrates, nectar, pollen, and fruits.

Family Life

Their breeding season lasts from November through March. Females lay one or two eggs every four to six weeks and they hatch after 70 days. Neither the female nor the male provides parental care.

Conservation Status

The conservation status of the Standing’s Day Gecko is classified as vulnerable.
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Threats

  • The Standing’s day gecko’s major threats include habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation.
  • There are also known cases of this species being illegally harvested for the pet trade.

Facts about Standing’s Day Gecko

  • Class:
    Reptilia (reptiles)
  • Order:
    Squamata (scaled reptiles)
  • Family:
    Gekkonidae (geckos)
  • Genus:
    Phelsuma (day geckos)
  • Species:
    Phelsuma standingi (Standing’s day gecko)
  • Life Span:
    5 years (wild) / 12 years (zoo)
  • Size:
    Up to 12 inches (30.5 cm)
  • Weight:
    1.4 – 2.8 ounces (40 – 80 g)

Fun Facts

  • Adults are mottled pale blue or blue-green, similar to the bark coloration in their habitat. This helps them blend into their surroundings and prevent attacks from predators.
  • What’s that noise? The Standing’s day gecko will sometimes make various noises such as clicks, squeaks, and croaks.
  • They are primarily adapted to live in baobab trees.

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