Introduced day geckos

There are at least three introduced day gecko species currently in Mauritius, all which are naturally found in Madagascar and have been introduced as pets. Currently only one species is established.

Madagascar giant day gecko Phelsuma grandis

This large day gecko is naturally found in Madagascar and was introduced to Mauritius in the 1990s. It is now established in many parts of Mauritius, mostly in residential areas where it has been released. They are diurnal as their name suggests, but will feed around lights at night. The Madagascar gecko currently occupies similar habitats to three of the endemic day gecko species and is currently thought to be causing their decline. They are bright green in colour and have a varying amount of red spots on their back. They have a distinguishing red stripe from the nose to the eye.

 

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