Of all of Hawaii's eight species of geckos, or chirpin' herps as I like to call them, the three members of the Phelsuma genus are the flashiest. Being diurnal, these day geckos will have nothing to do with drab browns and greys of their nocturnal kin. To blend in with the brilliant tropical plants of their native Madagascar and surrounding islands, they need coloration just as brilliant. And indeed, they look like they took turns rolling around in a paint box. The gold dust day gecko is the one you are most likely to see, being established on Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, and most recently, Kauai. It gets to be around four to five inches in length and has a varied diet of insects, smaller invertebrates and lizards, as well as fruit, nectar and pollen. The Madagascar day gecko is the largest of the genus, up to nine inches or so, and is reported to give a good bite. It appears there is a small but growing population in Manoa, and perhaps a few other spots on Oahu. While the two look similar, the Madagscar day has a red stripe from the nostril to behind the eye, whereas the Gold dust sports transverse bars across the snout and head. The Orange-spotted day gecko is similar in size to the gold dust, but with orange speckles along the body and a blue wash over the shoulders. There is little information on this guy, but it would seem that there is a small population on the windward side in the Kailua and Kaneohe areas.
welcomes you to visit with the all the wonderful flora and fauna that we share this lovely aina with.