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Standing's Day Gecko Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Phelsuma standingi
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    The southwest of Madagascar is home to this species.

  • Status

    Until the early 1990s, 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.

    Lincoln Park Zoo cooperatively manages Standing's day gecko populations with other institutions in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    Standing's day geckos reside on trees and other vegetation in dry thorn forests. Unlike other types of geckos, these are very territorial.

  • Niche

    Standing's day geckos eat insects, invertebrates, nectar and pollen.

  • Life History

    This species always occurs in true pairs. They live in partnerships in which, should one of the animals die, the remaining partner will not normally mate with another. Eggs are typically laid in joints of leaves or under surface ground litter. Usually two eggs are laid and hatch in approximately 70 days.

  • Special Adaptations

    • Flattened toe pads are covered on the bottom with scales called lamellae, which enable geckos to climb up steep, slick surfaces like glass walls or ceilings.
    • Their small size and short limbs help geckos hide in rock crevices and under dry scrub.


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