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Madagascar Green

Madagascar Green
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Copyright: Kirti M Rawat (kmr13777) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 67 N: 187] (703)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-18
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: sony cybershot DSC w1
Exposure: f/2.8, 1 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photos by an amateur photographer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-10 11:51
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Points: 26
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Madagascar Giant Day Gecko
(Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis Gray) is a diurnal arboreal subspecies of the Madagascar day geckos. It is found in areas of tropical and subtropical forest in northern Madagascar. The Madagascar giant day gecko feeds on various invertebrates and very small vertebrates and nectars.

This species is widely distributed in northern and northwest Madagascar. It can also be found on some of the off shore islets. There are a few recorded populations of this species also in Florida, and Hawaii, introduced by accident, which seem to like the climate in these locations. It can also be found in Mauritius, mainly in Floreal and in the upper Plain Whilems, but it is thought that it was introduced there too.

Phelsuma grandis is often found on different trees where it can be seen basking. They also inhabit human dwellings due to the number of appropriate basking spots, and the level of insect activity which these dwellings attract. The climate is rather dry, though heavy rainfalls are quite common. This means that there is a constant level of high humidity throughout the year.

These day geckos feed on various insects and other invertebrates, and occasionally have been recorded consuming small vertebrates. They also like to lick soft, sweet fruit, pollen and nectar. Geckos in the wild and in captivity have been observed consuming their own young.

Like most Phelsuma species, the males can be quite quarrelsome and territorial and will not accept other males in their neighbourhood. In captivity, where the females cannot escape, the males can also sometimes seriously wound a female. In this case the male and female must be separated.

The breeding season is between November and the first weeks of May. During this period, the females lay up to 6 pairs of eggs. At a temperature of 28C, the young will hatch after approximately 6065 days. The juveniles measure 70 mm and reach sexual maturity after one year.

This picture was taken in the Wroclaw Zoo, Poland. The picture is a little OEd in certain places and had some noise in the BG.

PP: Increased shadow in Picasa. Used the blur tool in APCS2 to reduce some noise in the BG. Added frame in APCS2.

Thanks for Looking,


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Hi Kirti, ,
Great macro shot of this beautiful day gecko from lateral POV with nice details and composition.

TFS and cheers,


Ciao Kirti, great capture of lovely gecko with splendid details, fantastic light and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Kirti,
bellissima cattura di geco, eccellente definizione della "texture" della pelle, belli e contrastati i colori.

hello Kirti

excellent close-up image of this Madagascar green beauty,
with fine POV, beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-10 18:26]
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hi kirti,
the species is very beautiful not the image, which good have been improved while capturing or processing. use photoshop for such works. tfs.

Great macro shot excellent sharpness and details,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-10 21:27]
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Hi Kirti,
Nice to see you back after such a long time and I see you have been travelling to many countries. This indeed is a wonderful shot of this green Gecko and the scales on its body look fantastic. Though there are hot spots the image is tack sharp with lovely green colours. I like that big eye. Excellent POV and composition.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-11 10:10]

Hello Kirti,

You have shown the gecko very well. Image is sharp so that many details of the reptile can be well observed. The colors are very nice beeing staurated an vivid. I think there is too much light in the foreground but this might be a matter of taste.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-11 18:41]

Hello Kirti, apart from the OE high lights in the left part of that picture it's a great shot, the subject is really sharp and the composition is very good. Well done, thanks!


Hello Kirti

An excellent look at this lovely gecko.
The focus is sharp with wonderful detail.
Very good textures are visible,and the eye is super.
The colours appear natural.


A beautiful Gecko Kirti.
I think I might ave been tempted to crop off the overexposed back half and make a close up portrait shot of this one.
It is quite similar to our New Zealand species too.

Hello Kirti.
Great macro , very well composition.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-02 3:13]

Hi Kirti,
a very lovely capture of this gexko. Well tken in pleasant green and the texture is splendid. Like green beads.


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