- Flat-tailed day gecko
name = Flat-tailed day gecko
image_width = 200px
phylum = Chordata
classis = Reptilia
genus = "
species = "P. serraticauda"
binomial = "Phelsuma serraticauda"
binomial_authority = Mertens, 1963
:"Phelsuma serraticauda" Mertens, 1963
:Flat-tailed day gecko
geckolives in eastern Madagascar. It typically inhabits rainforests and dwells on trees. The Flat-tailed day gecko feeds on insects and nectar.
:This lizard can reach an average total length of about 13 cm whereas females are slightly smaller. Some males may even reach a length of 15 cm. The body colour is dark green or yellowish green. Remarkable is the broad, flattened tail with serrated edges. On the lower back three red tear-shaped markings dots are present. On the neck, which may be bluish, two longitudinal yellow stripes are present. On the snout and head, there are three transversal red bars.
:This species occurs on the east coast of Madagascar. It is only known from the region 12 km north of Toamasina.
:"Phelsuma serraticauda" is largely restricted to coconut palms yet can also be found on banana trees.
:These day geckos feed on various insects and other invertebrates. They also like to lick soft, sweet fruit, pollen and nectar.
:This species lives in groups with one male and up to five females. Amongst the females, there is a well developed dominance hierarchy. Juveniles are tolerated up to a certain size.
:The females lay up to 4 pairs of eggs per year. At a temperature of 28°C, the young will hatch after approximately 53-58 days. The juveniles are typically 40 mm in length.
Care and maintenance in captivity
:These animals should be housed in pairs or small groups and need a large, well planted terrarium. The temperature should be between 25 and 28°C. The humidity should be maintained between 75 and 90%. In captivity, these animals can be fed with crickets, wax moth larvae, fruit flies, mealworms and houseflies.
#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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