Phelsuma pusilla hallmanni


Phelsuma pusilla hallmanni

Taxobox
name = "Phelsuma pusilla hallmanni"
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Reptilia
ordo = Squamata
familia = Gekkonidae
subfamilia = Gekkoninae
genus = "Phelsuma"
species = "P. quadriocellata"
trinomial = "Phelsuma pusilla hallmanni"
trinomial_authority = Meier, 1989

"Phelsuma pusilla hallmanni" Meier, 1989 is a diurnal subspecies of geckos. It lives in eastern Madagascar and typically inhabits different trees. This day gecko feeds on insects and nectar.

Description

This lizard belongs to the smallest day geckos. It can reach a total length of about 9 cm. The body colour is dark green. On the back there are red dots present. On the snout, a blue triangle is present, which is bordered from behind by a red bar. On the neck and back of the head bluish speckles are present. The tail is turquoise. The flanks are brown or black. The ventral side is white.

Distribution

This subspecies inhabits the east coast of Madagascar. It is only known from the region around Andasibe.

Habitat

"Phelsuma pusilla pusilla" lives in a moist and warm climate. It inhabits different trees and can often be found on trees on the edge of forest along the road.

Diet

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

Behaviour

These geckos are quite quarrelsome and do not accept other males. In captivity, where the females cannot escape, the males can also sometimes seriously wound a female. In this case the male and female must be separated.

Reproduction

The pairing season is between October and the first weeks of May.

Care and maintenance in captivity

These animals should be housed in pairs and need a well planted terrarium. The temperature should be about 28°C (locally around 30°C) during the day and drop to around 20°C at night. The humidity should be maintained between 75 and 80% during the day. It is also important to include two colder months with a daytime temperature of 24°C and 16°C at night. In captivity, these animals can be fed with crickets, wax moth larvae, fruit flies, mealworms and houseflies.

References:

#Henkel, F.-W. and W. Schmidt (1995) "Amphibien und Reptilien Madagaskars, der Maskarenen, Seychellen und Komoren". Ulmer Stuttgart. ISBN 3-8001-7323-9
#McKeown, Sean (1993) "The general care and maintenance of day geckos". Advanced Vivarium Systems, Lakeside CA.


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