Hawaii tropical botanical Garden; Gecko on a torch ginger and on a Heliconia!
gold dust day gecko (Phelsuma laticauda) -- green reptile with red dots on its tail. Overall length about 4-5 inches. -- green reptile with red dots on its tail. Overall length about 4-5 inches.
spotted near Kohala Coast, Hawai'i Island
Nonnative. Led me on a merry hide-and-seek, but finally caught it in all its glory. I can see why a certain corporation chose this species as its mascot. It doesn't get much cuter!
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.