Phelsuma v-nigra v-nigra

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Phelsuma v-nigra v-nigra
Phelsuma v-nigra v-nigra.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Phelsuma
Species: P. v-nigra
Subspecies: P. v. v-nigra
Trinomial name
Phelsuma v-nigra v-nigra
Boettger, 1913

Phelsuma v-nigra v-nigra Boettger, 1913 (syn.Phelsuma v-nigra Kluge, 1993) is a small diurnal subspecies of geckos. It lives in the Comoros and typically inhabits trees and bushes. Phelsuma v-nigra v-nigra feeds on insects and nectar.

Description[edit]

This lizard belongs to the smallest day geckos. It can reach a maximum length of approximately 10 cm. The body colour is bright green, which may have a blue hue. There is a red v-shaped stripe on the snout and two red bars between the eyes. On the back there often are a number of small red-brick coloured dots. The typical v-shaped marking on the throat may not be present in adults. The ventral side is yellow.

Distribution[edit]

This species only inhabits the island Mohéli in the Comoros.

Habitat[edit]

Phelsuma v-nigra v-nigra is found on banana trees and human dwellings.

Diet[edit]

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

Phelsuma v-nigra v-nigra juvenile

Reproduction[edit]

At a temperature of 28 °C, the young will hatch after approximately 45 days. The juveniles measure 35 mm.

Care and maintenance in captivity[edit]

These animals should be housed in pairs and need a medium-sized, well planted terrarium. The daytime temperature should be between 28 and 30 °C and 24 and 26 °C at night. The humidity should be around 70%. A two-month winter cooldown should be included during which temperature is 25 °C at daytime and 20 °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.