Phelsuma quadriocellata

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Phelsuma quadriocellata
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ssp. quadriocellata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Subfamily: Gekkoninae
Genus: Phelsuma
Species: P. quadriocellata
Binomial name
Phelsuma quadriocellata
(Peters, 1883)

Phelsuma quadriocellata is a species of gecko known by the common name peacock day gecko. It is endemic to Madagascar, where it is a common to abundant, widespread reptile.[1]

This gecko lives in many types of low- to mid-elevation habitat types in Madagascar, including forests and areas with human activity such as cultivated land and human habitation. It is sometimes associated with Pandanus species.[1]

This is likely a species complex. It is currently divided into three subspecies, P. q. quadriocellata, P. q. lepida, and P. q. bimaculata. A fourth subspecies was recently elevated to species status and is now named Phelsuma parva.[1]


Care and maintenance in captivity[edit]

These animals should be housed in pairs and need a medium sized terrarium. The temperature should be between 25 and 28°C. The humidity should be not too high. In captivity, these animals can be fed with crickets, wax moth, fruit flies, meal worms and houseflies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Glaw, F. & M. Vences. 2011. Phelsuma quadriocellata. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. Downloaded on 31 May 2013.