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Standing's Day Gecko Care Sheet

Scientific Name: Phelsuma standingi

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The Standing's Day Gecko is one of the largest geckos in Madagascar. They are diurnal (active during the day), and arboreal, staying in the rainforest trees they call home.


Estimated Size: 7 inches to 9 inches when full grown.
Natural Location: Madagascar
Captive Care Information

Food & Water

The Standing's Day Gecko is carnivorous, but will often eat small pieces of fruit, or mashed fruit. Their main food source is insects, and a varied diet is recommended. Feed them a mix of crickets, mealworms, silkworms, butterworms, small earthworms and sometimes waxworms. Always use a multi-vitamin supplement for on the insects.

Give your Standing's Day Gecko a shallow dish of water as well. They will both drink and bathe using the dish. Daily misting gives them water as well.

Lighting, Temperature & Humidity

Provide a full spectrum UVB light for about 12 or 13 hours each day. They need UVB lighting to help process vitamins properly.

You will also need to use an incandescent bulb or ceramic heater to provide heat for your Standing's Day Gecko. You will need to heat the habitat in a range. The warm spot, or basking spot should reach 86 degrees F. The cooler end should be about 80 degrees F. The temperature at night can be dropped down to 74 degrees F.

You can also use a heat mat with these geckos, as they will almost never come down to the ground.

Keep humidity levels moderate. A daily misting in the morning should suffice.


Since the Standing's Day Gecko is arboreal, they need a tall habitat. A good minimum size for one gecko is about 24 inches high, 18 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Add a few inches to each dimension for additional geckos. Use a bark type substrate, and provide a lot of plants and branches for climbing. They will need both a basking spot and a hiding spot as well.

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