Day geckos can be found in East Africa and some south pacific islands but the vast majority are native to Madagascar. They range in size from less than 10cm to over 30cm; one extinct species (Phelsuma gigas) from Rodriguez Island near Mauritius was one of the largest gecko species ever known. Day geckos are unique in behaviour as like the name suggests they are diurnal (active during the day) unlike most geckos which are most active during the night (nocturnal) or at dawn and dusk (crepuscular). Lined day geckos are one of the smaller Madagascan species. They have some of the brightest colouration for any gecko and live well in pairs. Their active nature and bold behaviour makes them some of the most sought after of all gecko species. They are very fast and not suitable for being handled.
Lined day geckos get their name from the black line that runs down their sides, they are one of the smaller day gecko species but definitely one of the more bold in nature.
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|LATIN NAME||Phelsuma lineata|
|ADULT SIZE||4-5in (10-12cm)|
|DIET||Insects, artificial diet, fruit|
|TEMPERATURE REQUIREMENTS||27-30C (basking spot at 32C)|
|ADULT ENCLOSURE SIZE||12 x 12 x 18in (30 x 30 x 45cm)|