Madagascar day gecko

Phelsuma madagascariensis

Common name

Madagascar day gecko


The Madagascar gecko is arboreal, living in trees in tropical rainforests, as well as in trees in open areas and agricultural areas.








47-82 days

Number of offspring




It feeds mainly on a wide variety of arthropods, although it also occasionally feeds on fruits and nectar. Its main source of water is formed by condensation on the leaves.


15 years.

Biology and behavior

It has striking and bright colors, on the light green of the upper part of its body, it has red spots that often extend to the head, the belly is a color that ranges from grayish white to greenish tones.

They may undergo small color changes depending on temperature and light. It is one of the largest species of diurnal geckos, its size varies between 22 and 28 cm in length.

Its fingers have adhesive pillows composed of microscopic hair that allow it to cling to all surfaces through friction.

They do not have mobile eyelids over their eyes, which they clean with their tongue. The pupil dilates at night to let in light and closes during the day until only a few dots remain in a line.

It has diurnal and arboreal habits, so it will carry out its activity during the day and we can see it among the branches of the trees or in another place where it can climb. It is very territorial, so much so that fights, especially between males, can end with the death of one of the two.

The breeding period goes from November to the first weeks of May. During this period, females can lay 6 clutches of generally 2 eggs each. Juveniles measure approximately 7 cm at birth.


It has a very curious defensive behavior, because if a bird or some other predator attacks it from above, it begins to run, dropping on its back legs until it reaches the nearest weed, then it begins to run normally and is confused with weed.

Madagascar has historically been the source of the majority of day geckos in international trade, with exports of tens of thousands of specimens, however since 1994 the CITES Standing Committee has recommended that importing countries do not accept commercial imports. from Madagascar of any species of Phelsuma, except for P. laticauda, ​​P. lineata, P. madagascariensis and P. quadriocellata, for each of which annual quotas of 2.000 specimens per year have been established.

African savanna
Equatorial jungle
Madagascar Island