Phelsuma kely

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Description:
Phelsuma kely is a species of diurnal gecko which lives on the central east coast of Madagascar, south of Tamatave. It typically inhabits dragon trees. The gecko feeds on insects and probably nectar.

It is the smallest known day gecko, reaching a total length of about 7.1 cm. Its body colour is variable and dependent on the mood of the animal. During activity, the basic body colour is white-gray with a black pattern on the back. However, the body colour can turn dark also. A black lateral stripe extends from the eye to the tail. The ventral side is grayish-white.

Distribution

This species inhabits the central east coast of Madagascar, south of Tamatave. It is only known from the area around Lac Ampitabe.

Habitat

P. kely is found on dragon trees. They share their habitat with Phelsuma seippi, Phelsuma guttata,Phelsuma lineata lineata, Phelsuma madagascariensis madagascariensis,Phelsuma quadriocellata parva, Phelsuma abbotti chekei, Phelsuma dubia, Phelsuma laticauda laticauda and Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis. All these species live sympatrically and partly syntopically. In March, the daytime temperature is around 27°C and drops to around 23°C at nighttime. The relative humidity is between 80 and 90 %.

Diet

These day geckos feed on various insects and other invertebrates. Like many members of the genus Phelsuma, this species might also feed on pollen and nectar.

Behaviour

This Phelsuma species is very shy.

Reproduction

In captivity, the...
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