Madagascar Day Gecko
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Madagascar Day Geckos are one of the largest species of gecko and can reach lengths of 25cm. Like all geckos, they can cling to most surfaces due to their adhesive toepads.
Home: Eastern coast of Madagascar, but have been introduced to Southern Florida.
Diet: Insectivorous; consuming a wide variety of insects, and occasionally fruit or nectar.
Lifestyle: Arboreal, inhabiting tropical rainforests, trees in grasslands and agricultural areas. Often found clinging to vertical surfaces in the sun. This species darkens in colour when stressed.
Young: Females lay an average of 2 eggs per clutch, laying several times per year. Incubation period of 47 to 82 days, and sex will be determined by temperature; eggs incubated at temperatures between 25-27°C will yield females, whilst temperatures between 27-29°C yield males. Offspring are independent once hatched.
Lifespan: 15 years.
Conservation Status: Least Concern, however populations are decreasing due to collection for the pet trade and deforestation. This species is listed as CITES Appendix II.