Phelsuma pusilla hallmanni

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Phelsuma pusilla hallmanni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Subfamily: Gekkoninae
Genus: Phelsuma
Species: P. pusilla
Subspecies: P. pusilla hallmanni
Trinomial name
Phelsuma pusilla hallmanni
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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Habitat[edit]

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[edit]

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

Behaviour[edit]

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[edit]

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

Care and maintenance in captivity[edit]

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[edit]

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