Mauritius ornate day gecko

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Mauritius ornate day gecko
Phelsuma ornata 2.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Phelsuma
Species:
P. ornata
Binomial name
Phelsuma ornata
J.E. Gray, 1825
Synonyms

Phelsuma ornatum Gray, 1825
Phelsuma vinsoni Mertens, 1963
Phelsuma ornata vinsoni Heselhaus, 1980
Phelsuma Phelsuma vinsoni Mertens, 1963

Mauritius ornate day gecko (Phelsuma ornata) is a diurnal species of geckos. It occurs on the island Mauritius and some surrounding islands and typically inhabits different trees and bushes. The Mauritius ornate day gecko feeds on insects and nectar.[1]

Description[edit]

This Gecko is one of the smallest day geckos. It can reach a total length of about 12 cm. The back of the neck and head are greyish brown and bordered by white neck stripes. The body colour is quite variable. It can be bluish green, green with a blue area on the front back, or completely blue. The flanks are brown. The snout consists of an intricate pattern of cyan, white, red and dark blue. The back is covered with red coloured dots. The tail is turquoise with red transverse bars. The ventral side is off-white.

Distribution[edit]

This species is found on Mauritius, Round Island, Île aux Aigrettes (Île aux Aigrettes) and Coin de Mire. It is found in the coastal areas.

Habitat[edit]

Phelsuma ornata typically lives in the drier areas of Mauritius at low- and mid-elevation. It can be found on trees, other pantropic vegetation or on rocks where the original vegetation has been cleared.

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]

This Phelsuma species can be quite shy in captivity. These day geckos are also surprisingly speedy.

Reproduction[edit]

At a temperature of 28 °C, the young will hatch after approximately 40 days. The juveniles measure around 35 mm.[citation needed]

In 2014, an experiment with five Mauritius ornate day geckos was launched to space in order to test the effect of microgravity on gecko reproduction.[2]

Care and maintenance in captivity[edit]

These animals should be housed in pairs in a well planted enclosure. The temperature should be between 26 and 28 °C (79 and 82 °F) during the day and dropt to around 20 °C (68 °F) at night. The humidity should be maintained between 50 and 60% during the day and 80–90% at night. In captivity, these animals can be fed with crickets, wax moth larvae, fruit flies, mealworms and houseflies.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan O'Callaghan,"Russian 'space sex geckos' struggle for survival as their satellite spirals out of control in Earth orbit"[1], DailyMail,10:38 GMT, 25 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Russia Regains Control of Gecko Zero-G Sex Satellite". NBC News. 2014-07-27. Retrieved 2014-07-28.

References[edit]

  • 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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