Phelsuma laticauda, Gold Dust Day Gecko

By Audra Barrios

The Gold Dust Day Gecko is a hardy gecko from northern Madagascar and the Comoro Islands. Introduced populations can be found on O'ahu, Hawaii. 

Like all day geckos, they do best in vertically oriented planted vivariums. Pairs at LYE are kept in in front opening tanks that are 12" x 12" x 18" tall. We do not keep these geckos in groups larger than 1.1 (male : female) because they will be aggressive toward each other. Hatchlings are also raised alone to avoid aggression. 

Live plants are easy to keep alive in day gecko terrariums because of the UV light and daily misting. Pothos is an easy plant to grow, even for those of you who think you have a black thumb. Bromeliads and Sansevieria are a great choice because geckos will lay their eggs within the leaves.

Day geckos will lay their eggs with the leaves of Sansevieria.

Day geckos will lay their eggs with the leaves of Sansevieria.

When setting up a day gecko terrarium, create a 90° F  basking spot where the gecko can sit. The rest of the tank should range down from that to the mid 70's. Temperatures will naturally fall during the night. UV light should be on 12-14/hours per day. UV bulbs should be changed every 6 months to a year. Lighting plays a role in the color of your gecko. 

Basking areas can creatd using plants or branches. 

Basking areas can creatd using plants or branches. 

Freshly Hatched Gold dust day geckos.   

Freshly Hatched Gold dust day geckos. 

 

Feeding: 

Day geckos are opportunistic omnivores. In the wild, they can be found eating everything from moths hanging around the lights to the sugar packet you spilled on the counter. In captivity at Lick Your Eyeballs they are fed a diet of insects, fruit and Pangea gecko diet. Young geckos are fed fruit flies, while older geckos readily eat crickets, roaches, small moths, wax worms, maggots and isopods. Isopods are a great source of calcium that can live and breed in living terrariums with your gecko. 

Supplements: 

Live food and fruit should dusted with calcium and multivitamins. Dry calcium powder can be offered in a bowl to breeding adults. I seed my terrariums with isopods of various sizes, which the geckos munch on. These provides enough supplemental calcium that the extra bowl isn't needed. 

Eggs & Incubation: 

Eggs should be removed from the terrarium and incubated separately. Babies may be eaten by the adults if they hatch in the tank. We use Pangea's Hatch to incubate eggs.