Yellow-throated day gecko
Yellow-throated day gecko (Phelsuma flavigularis) is a diurnal species of geckos from eastern Madagascar. It typically inhabits rainforests and dwells on trees. The Yellow-throated day gecko feeds on insects and nectar.
This lizard is a medium-sized day gecko; males can reach a total length of about 15 cm and females are often much smaller. The body color is dark green to bluish green. On the snout there are two red transversal bars. One to three rust-colored stripes may be present on the neck. On the back there are small brownish or reddish dots and spottings. The throat is light yellow and the ventral side is beige. P. flavigularis has blue eye rings.
This species has a limited distribution. It is only known from the area around Andasibe on the east coast of Madagascar, about 100 km east of Antananarivo.
P. flavigularis is found on banana trees and palms. Its original habitat is rainforests. The east coast of Madagascar has a humid and warm climate.
These day geckos feed on various insects and other invertebrates. They also like to lick soft, sweet fruit, pollen and nectar.
Like most Phelsuma spec., this lizard can be quite quarrelsome and does not accept other males in their neighborhood. In captivity, where the females cannot escape, the males can also sometimes seriously wound a female during courtship. In this case the male and female must be separated immediately.
Care and maintenance in captivity
These animals should be housed in pairs and need a large, well planted terrarium. The temperature should be between 25 and 28Â°C. The humidity should be maintained between 75 and 100%. In captivity, these animals can be fed with crickets, wax moths, fruit flies, mealworms and houseflies.