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Phelsuma dubia, dull day gecko, olive day gecko, or Zanzibar day gecko, or "green day gecko" is a diurnal species of gecko. It is about 15 centimetres (5.9 in) in length and lives on the western coast of Madagascar, in the Comoros, and the coast of East Africa. It typically inhabits trees and can also be found near human dwellings. The Dull day gecko feeds on insects and nectar.
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Pachydactylus dubius Boettger, 1881
Phelsuma dubia - Kluge, 1993
Phelsuma dubia - Glaw & Vences, 1994: 298
Phelsuma dubia - Broadley & Howell, 1991: 10
Phelsuma dubia - Rösler, 2000: 101
This lizard belongs to the medium-sized day geckos. It can reach a maximum length of approximately 15 cm. The body colour varies between grayish green, grayish brown and bluish green. The tail may be bright blue. A rust-coloured stripe extends from the nostril to the eye. There is a red v-shaped stripe on the snout. On the back there often are brownish or red-brick coloured dots. A gray lateral stripe extends from the eye to the hind leg. The ventral side is off-white coloured. Juveniles have a light brown dorsal surface with little light blue spots. The tail of neonates is yellow.
This species inhabits the west coast of Madagascar in the general area of Majunga. It can also be found in the Comoros, in Zanzibar, and some coastal areas of mainland Tanzania.
P. dubia can easily adapt to different biotopes. These day geckos are often found on different trees and other lowland vegetation. They also inhabit buildings.
These day geckos feed on various insects and other invertebrates. They also like to lick soft, sweet fruit, pollen, nectar and balsamic vinegar.
P. dubia often lives in small groups with one male and several females.
The females are egg gluers. They often lay their eggs in the same location as other females.
Care and maintenance in captivity :
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.
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Dull Day Gecko ( Phelsuma Dubia)
Dull Day Geckos are small green to brown-colored lizards. Some have bright blue tails with gray stripes. They will grow up to 4-7 inches long from the tip of their snout to the end of their tail. Males have “V”-shaped pre-anal pores and a yellow anal region that are absent in females. These lizards can live 8-10 years if taken care of properly. They are a good lizard for beginner reptile owners since they are hardy and fairly easy to care for.
Habitat and Tank Requirements:
This species is native to Madagascar.
Adult geckos do well with most substrates, while juveniles should have newspaper, paper towel, or reptile carpet as a substrate. Be sure to put enough plants, rocks, and wood in the tank for your lizard to hide in and climb on.
Because of their small size, 2-3 adult Dull Day Geckos can be kept in a 30-40 gallon tank. Keep only one male per tank, as they will fight. A screen cover is recommended for your tank, as it allows better airflow and heating.
A comfortable temperature for these lizards is around 77-85º F during the day with a slight drop to 69-75º F at night. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures. A small heat pad is recommended for basking.
Your tank should have a small, shallow bowl of water that is cleaned daily. This is for your lizard to drink from as well as wade in. Some lizards won’t drink from a bowl. In this case some sort of dropper is recommended. Spray the tank with a mister every 2-3 days.
Dull Day Geckos will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening.
Allow your lizard time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress. Care should be taken when handling this lizard because of its small size.
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