Giant Day Geckos are one of the largest gecko species. They are bright green in color with red and yellow coloration. Some have bright blue tails with gray stripes. They will grow up to 9-11 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 over 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.
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.
Two or three adult Giant 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 80-90º 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.
Giant Day Geckos will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. This species should also be fed a mixture or fruit and honey occasionally. 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.