Phelsuma laticauda laticauda (Gold Dust Day Gecko)
Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii
I first spotted this colorful gecko while lounging poolside in Kauai. As I was laying down I saw it dart around underneath the deck above the planter that was behind me. The next day I decided to bring my camera to the pool in case it made another appearance. Not only did I see it again, but there were two. One was considerably larger (about 6 inches long; the smaller one was thinner and about 1-2 inches shorter). I'm not sure if one was a male and the other was a female, or if the smaller one was younger. Based on their behavior I'm guessing that it was a male and female specimen (the bigger one seemed to be chasing around and trying to attract the attention of the smaller one). After researching the identity of this lizard I learned that it was originally from Madagascar, the Comoros Islands, and the Farquhar atoll in Seychelles. According to geckoweb.org it had been introduced to the Hawaiian islands in 1974 when a student released eight specimens on the University of Hawaii campus. Gold Dust Day Geckos feed on small insects, nectar, pollen, sweet sap, and juices from over-ripe fruit.
Visiting the Mr Ed's Bakery, Honomu.
Another lizard I never saw when growing up. They're all over now. Super beautiful.
The gold dust day gecko (Phelsuma laticauda (Boettger, 1880)) is a diurnal species of gecko. It lives in northern Madagascar, and on the Comoros, it has been also introduced to Hawaii and other Pacific islands. It typically inhabits various kinds of trees and houses. The gold dust day gecko feeds on insects and nectar.