Giant Day Gecko

(Phelsuma grandis)


Giant Day Gecko

Animal Info

One male giant day gecko can be found inside the E.C.O. Center.

Status in the Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least Concern.


The giant day gecko is native to the tropical and subtropical rainforests of Madagascar. They are found in the uppermost canopies and often near human settlements and cities.


Carnivorous. Giant day geckos eat various invertebrates (especially insects), nectar, and occasionally small invertebrates.

Did you know?

Millions of microscopic structures on the scales of the gecko’s feet, called setae, give these lizards an incredible climbing ability.

The giant day gecko’s bright colors help to camouflage it amidst the vibrant vegetation of the rainforest, useful for ambushing prey in the middle of the day.

When threatened, their colors turn darker, to better hide in the shade of leaves.

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