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Yellow-headed day gecko

Phelsuma klemmeri

Yellow-headed day gecko

The yellow-headed day gecko lives in areas where there is bamboo. It prefers older, even dead, bamboo which has cracks. It has a flattened body and will hide in the larger bamboo cracks if there is any danger. It will also lay its eggs in the cracks. It is active in the cooler parts of the day such as in the morning, the late afternoon or after rain. The rest of the day it will often bask in the sun.

Animal class
Reptile

Habitat
Forests

Diet - Herbivore
Yellow-headed day geckos eat insects and other invertebrates. I also like to lick sweet fruits and nectar.

Size
The yellow-headed day gecko can be up to 10 centimetres.

Location
Yellow-headed day gecko are found in Madagascar.

Conservation status
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) considers that the yellow-headed day gecko is facing a very high risk of extinction.

Threats
The yellow-headed day gecko is threatened by loss of forest and bamboo habitat, particularly as a result of slash and burn agriculture.

Current population
Yellow-headed day gecko numbers are unknown and the future trend will depend on what happens to its bamboo habitat.

Zoo population 
Yellow-headed day geckos are managed under a European Studbook Programme. There are currently around 1500 yellow-headed day geckos in zoos world wide.