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 in 2004. The body of the Standing's Day gecko is similar to a flattened cylinder. They have short limbs and a head that is larger than its body. Adults are bluish-gray to turquoise on the head and tail and have gray reticulated markings on their head and body. Females and males are similar in size and appearance and average 8 1/4 to 10 inches in length.
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.
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.
Here are the Zoo these animals are fed waxworms, mealworms, crickets, fruit nectar, fresh fruit and calcium.
- 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.