Speckled day gecko

Speckled day gecko

Speckled day gecko

Phelsuma guttata

The speckled day gecko (Phelsuma guttata ) is a diurnal species of geckos. It lives in eastern Madagascar and typically inhabits rainforests and dwells on trees. The speckled day gecko feeds on insects and nectar.


This lizard belongs to the medium-sized day geckos. It can reach a total length of about 13 cm. The body colour of this slender and long-snouted gecko is dark green. There are several small orange spots on the middle and lower portion of the back. A black eye stripe extends from the nostril to above the ear opening. Typical for this species are several v-shaped stripes on the throat. The flanks, legs and toes are white speckled. Some populations have some blue spots in the neck region. The ventral side is grayish white.



Biogeographical realms

This species inhabits north-east Madagascar, along the coast. It can also be found on some nearby islets.

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P. guttata typically lives in rainforests where they live on trees and avoid bright sun light. Since much of the primary rainforest has been cleared, this species is also found on bushes and introduced banana trees.

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Speckled day gecko habitat map


Speckled day gecko habitat map

Habits and Lifestyle

This Phelsuma species is often found in pairs on a tree. Juveniles mainly inhabit surrounding low shrubs.


Diet and Nutrition

These day geckos feed on various insects and other invertebrates. They also like to lick soft, sweet fruit, pollen and nectar.

Mating Habits

The females lay a pair of eggs and hide them on the ground under foliage or wood or they may lay their eggs on trees under loose bark. At a temperature of 28 °C, the young will hatch after approximately 40–45 days. The juveniles measure 45 mm.


1. Speckled day gecko Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speckled_day_gecko
2. Speckled day gecko on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/172905/6939209

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