• Open daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Grounds close at 4 p.m.

STANDING'S (MADAGASCAR) DAY GECKO

(Phelsuma standingi)

There are three day geckos here at the Zoo. The parents hatched in 1999 and came here in 2001. Their daughter hatched here at the Zoo in 2004.

ABOUT THE STANDING'S (MADAGASCAR) DAY GECKO

STATUS IN THE WILD

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Vulnerable. They are listed in appendix II of CITES which prohibits their commercial trade.

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HABITAT

Standing’s day geckos reside on trees in the dry, spiny forests of southwest Madagascar. Until the early 1990’s, the range of this species was one of the very few areas in Madagascar which was relatively undisturbed. However, because of increased deforestation, Standing’s day geckos are now of special concern and considered vulnerable.

DIET

Here are the Zoo these animals are fed waxworms, mealworms, crickets, fruit nectar, fresh fruit and calcium.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Standing's Day geckos are true pairs. They live in partnerships in which, should one of the animals die, the remaining partner will not normally mate with another.
  • Day geckos have a clear, fixed plate covering their eyes and do not have eyelids. They use their long tongue to lick their eyeballs to keep them clean.
  • Day geckos have tiny, hair-like structures on the bottom of their flattened toe pads that allow them to climb up steep, slick surfaces such as glass or walls.