Gold Dust Day Gecko

The tree dweller can be found on larger plants, deciduous trees, coconut palms, banana trees, sisal agaves, and other types of palm trees. As culture followers, the animals can often be found in houses and near settlements. The colorful geckos are popular with terrarium residents. Attractive and yet easy to care for, they are popular with beginners.


The geckos got their name from the golden yellow scales on the neck and on the front back. It looks like someone spilled gold dust on them.

Their basic color is different shades of green, from light green to yellow-green to blue-green, anything is possible. The belly is creamy white. Three red vertical stripes shine on the rear back. They get narrower towards the base of the tail.

The tail is about as long as the body. It is slightly flattened and wide. On the upper side, the animals are covered with granular scales.

The body is supported by strong legs with toes and fingers that are not too wide. A turquoise-blue stripe stands out on the upper side of the eyes. The pupils are round.


The diurnal geckos are constantly on the move. Their communication with each other is interesting and exciting to watch. They use a wide range of gestures to communicate.

Your eyesight is excellent. As soon as something moves, they are immediately on alert. There could be food approaching or dangerous approaches.

They start the day with extensive sunbathing. Once they have reached their comfortable temperature, they go in search of food. The climbing artists move skillfully through their habitat on branches, tendrils, and tree trunks.

The males vigorously defend their territory. Mainly other males are expelled. If there is a fight, the loser gives up and flees. Sometimes several females live together in one area. Then a hierarchy regulates living together.

In terrariums that are too small, it can happen that the female is constantly attacked by the male and possibly injured. There must be enough space for her to withdraw.

The pair should be purchased together and placed in their new home together. If the second animal arrives later, it is treated as an intruder.

They are fed two to three times a week. Two of these were insect food and one was mashed bananas or another fruit puree. The insects should be dusted with vitamin and mineral supplements. The animals feel more comfortable when their habitat is sprayed with water daily.


The soil should be covered with coconut soil or unfertilized potting soil. The geckos need plenty of climbing opportunities such as branches (bamboo), large-leaved plants (Sanseveria), a cork back wall, etc.

A wire gauze cover is absolutely necessary, otherwise, the nimble climbers will quickly escape. So that they get enough fresh air, one or more sidewalls can also be made of gauze.

The geckos need sufficient UV light. Either by appropriate lamps or, if possible, by keeping them outdoors in summer. Are shady places under leaves or similar? available, the terrarium can stand in the sun. However, the temperature should not exceed 38 °C in sunny areas.

As an alternative to the sun, selected areas can be heated with spotlights. The lights should be on 14 hours a day in summer and 12 hours in winter. The strength of the lamps (wattage) depends on the size of the terrarium. It must not get too warm.

At night, the temperature can drop to 20 °C. Additional heaters are not required.

Gender Differences

In males, the transfemoral scales are enlarged and more prominent. Furthermore, their hemipenis pockets are clearly visible.


The female needs to get adequate calcium during the mating season. She needs it to form stable eggshells. If there is a lack of it in the food, it attacks the body’s own substances. This weakens the animal, in the worst case, it can die.

Calcium storage organs are located on the right and left of the female’s head. If there is enough calcium, it is thick and round. 35 to 40 days after mating, the female lays 2 round eggs. They must be hatched in an incubator. The parents would eat the newly hatched hatchlings.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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