Green gecko

 

We have had for the past couple of months a little visitor in our garden!

At most times, when it showed its colorful self, I, of course, never had my camera!!

Fortunately, with some patience, I did manage to shoot our pretty visitor a couple of times.

 

Madagascan Gecko

 

I believe it is probably a Madagascan Day Gecko, just like the ones we saw at La Vanille Park.

Madagascn Gecko

 

Despite its pretty looks, this gecko is actually considered as an invader to the island as it reproduces very quickly and is a threat to our local Mauritian lizards. So, in theory, I should be chasing him from the garden! For some reason, I can’t quite bring myself to do that though!

How about you? Would you chase this beautiful gecko from your garden? How would you go about doing that? Tell us in the comments below.

 

Update 28 July 2012 –

This is a feedback I got from the facebook page Mauritius Reptiles:

Unfortunately the situation with Phelsuma grandis is out of control; as with many species that are introduced to Mauritius from other countries they escape from their natural competitors and predators so there is very little to limit population growth.

This beautiful Madagascan day gecko was introduced to Mauritius through the pet trade in the 1990s. It then escaped or was released, but was then moved around the country by people thinking that it would eat up all the other introduced geckos in their houses. Unfortunately, it also eats our small Mauritian day geckos that are integral to the natural functioning of the Mauritian ecosystem.

We currently have a Mauritian PhD student through the University of Bristol UK researching the impact of Madagascan day gecko and it is proving to be a very real threat to Mauritius. This invasive gecko is currently at the edge of the Black River Gorges National Park and should it invade there it could spell disaster for several Mauritian species. Recently it was also introduced to Rodrigues and other reptiles are still entering the Republic of Mauritius. Only last year we detected another introduced day gecko from Madagascar, Phelsuma laticauda, which may also prove to be problematic.

Once these species arrive and establish there is very little that can be done to control or eradicate them, all that we can do is try and prevent their introduction in the first place and encourage people not to buy such pets.

 

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7 comments

  1. Hi Priscille !
    This pretty thing is definitely a Madagascar giant day gecko ( Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis). It grows up to 30 cm (12 inches) and is arboreal but can be seen on dwellings too.
    Some 15 years ago, either someone ignorant of – or careless about – the fragility of our ecosystem deliberately introduced a pair or they escaped from captivity (they are very good at doing that) and, since then, it’s been spreading fast. I think that the first ones were in Baie du Tombeau and now they are all over, from the coasts to Curepipe. At my place, in Pereybere, I saw an adult one about 3 months ago.
    It’s certainly a threat to our endemic, much smaller and prettier, green-turquoise-light blue, gecko as, not only they compete for the same type of food but this monster also merrily gobbles up our little gecko.
    Chasing it from your garden won’t help as this won’t stop it from reproducing elsewhere. Apparently, if you can’t bring yourself to kill it (perso, I can’t do that), the best is to phone the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation (697-6097 ? Nik Cole ?) and ask for advice. I doubt very much that they can afford to send their G-Team around the island every time one of those invaders is spotted, though. Alternatively, call Momo. He will kill it without any second thoughts.
    Cheers !

  2. Yes! I’m sure Momo won’t hesitate!!! LOL!

    When we had our cat Virgule, he did that pretty well too… I need to consider having another cat… or maybe train the dog!!

    Thanks for the confirmation and additional info. :)

    1. Shane, if I understand correctly, when they are in the wild you don’t have to feed them lizards, they find their own and eat them up + they take up the territory of our smaller endemic lizard so they have more difficulties sustaining themselves.

      I don’t like killing them either. In fact I don’t think I’d be able to, they are beautiful! But I do understand how they can be a threat to our endemic species.

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