Ocelot gecko

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Pictus Gecko
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Paroedura
Species: P. pictus
Binomial name
Paroedura pictus
Peters, 1854
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The ocelot gecko (Paroedura pictus) is a nocturnal ground-dwelling gecko found in leaf litter in Madagascar forests, and is also a popular pet. It is sometimes known as the Madagascar ground gecko, pictus gecko, Malagasy fat-tailed gecko, or panther gecko.


P. pictus naturally occurs as a brown lizard with black markings. Some individuals may also have a white dorsal stripe. In captivity, there are several color phases available including hypo, orange, anerythristic, and amelanistic (yellow).

They usually reach a size of 4–6 inches (10–15 cm), with some well-cared-for males reaching 8 inches (20 cm). Overall, they are smaller than the average gecko.

The ocelot gecko is not a true climbing gecko, but does have the capability to climb a few surfaces. In captivity, it has been known to scale the sides of glass terrariums if startled.

In captivity[edit]

Close-up of an ocelot gecko in a terrarium

These geckos do well in captivity but are fairly shy. They do have a tendency to be very skittish, but they aren't aggressive.