Neon Day Gecko - Phelsuma klemmeri (Captive Bred)-


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Defining Characteristics:

  • Diurnal
  • Arboreal
  • Intermediate Care
  • Bright Colors and Pattern


NamePhelsuma klemmeri. Commonly known as the neon day gecko for its incredibly bright colors, or the yellow-headed day gecko for its yellow head


Benefits from buying at Josh's Frogs:

  • Exclusively fed on fruit mix and gutloaded crickets - this means well-fed, healthy animals.

  • Neon day geckos are well-established and at least 2 months old

  • CB from CB parents, from genetically diverse and colorful bloodlines.

  • Bred by experienced herpetoculturists

  • Live arrival and health guarantee unsurpassed in the reptile industry.


Recommended Terrarium Size: This species is best kept solo or in a pair. A 12x12x18 enclosure will house one or two adults. A bioactive setup with live plants is strongly recommended for this species; BioBedding is recommended to maintain live plants, springtails, and isopods.

Since these geckos live in bamboo forests in the wild, providing bamboo placed both horizontally and vertically in the enclosure is strongly recommended for this species; branches, standing cork, or tall or hanging plants will also make your arboreal geckos feel at home.


Temperature: Keep neon day geckos between 75-80 F. A basking spot of around 90 F is also recommended. Temperatures should be monitored with a digital thermometer. Night temperatures should not fall below 65 F. Neon day geckos should also be provided with a 5.0 or similar strength UVB light.


Humidity: Neon day geckos should be provided a humid but well-ventilated setup between 60-70%. Plants can be added to provide humid microclimates. Ambient humidity should be monitored with a digital hygrometer. Neon day geckos should be misted daily or every other day to provide dew on enclosure walls and cage items from which they can drink. A water dish can be provided but is not necessary with regular misting.


Size: Neon day geckos are one of the smallest day gecko species, reaching only a little under 4 inches as adults! Offspring sold by Josh's Frogs will measure approximately 2" or larger at the time of shipment.


Age: Provided proper care, this species can live up to 10 years in captivity. Neon day geckos sold by Josh’s Frogs are at least two months old when sold.


Feeding: Neon day geckos are omnivores, eating both insects and fruit in the wild. In captivity, they will thrive on a diet of gecko diet mix and feeder insects. Hatchlings and juveniles should be offered ⅛-inch crickets or fruit flies until they are large enough to eat ¼-inch crickets. Providing mounted feeding cups for this arboreal species is recommended.

Other appropriately sized feeder insects, like dubia roaches and black soldier fly larvae, can also be occasionally offered but need to be provided in a food dish to be accessible.

Feeder insects should be dusted with a calcium and multivitamin supplement.


Sexing: Neon day geckos become sexually mature at about 10-12 months of age. Males can be identified by femoral pores between their hind legs. Sexually mature males will also have a light orange coloration between their hind legs.

Identifying sex by the presence of calcium sacs is not recommended as both males and females will exhibit this characteristic.


Color/Pattern: Neon day geckos exhibit extraordinarily bright colors with their yellow heads and turquoise bodies. Their sides are flanked by a thick black line, and their heads may be speckled with dark spots that may extend down their back.


Social Behavior: Juveniles can be housed together. While neon day geckos are reportedly not as territorially aggressive as other day geckos, we still recommend housing them solo or in a pair.


Breeding: Neon day geckos will reproduce throughout the year, laying two eggs once every four weeks or so. They will take a 2-3 month break after laying 2-3 clutches before reproducing again.

We have successfully used egg laying tubes with this species, but these tubes must be placed at a slight horizontal angle as this species does not glue its eggs to a surface.


Natural Range: Neon day geckos are found in bamboo forests in northwest Madagascar. This species is endangered in the wild. All animals sold by Josh's Frogs are captive bred. By buying captive bred, you are supporting the trade with animals that were not taken from the wild!


History in the Hobby: Captive breeding efforts have removed the need to take this species from the wild. While not quite as readily available as other day gecko species, their dramatic colors and relatively calm and curious demeanor makes them a very popular choice. Set up right, this species is easy to care for and breed.


Links of Interest:

 IUCN Redlist - Information about the Neon Day Gecko's status in the wild

Supreme Gecko - basic klemmeri care sheet

Geckos Unlimited - extensive care sheet from the popular gecko forum


Think Phelsuma klemmeri from Josh's Frogs may be the gecko for you? Read below to see what others are saying!

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Shipping for any number of animals is just $39.99. Frogs are shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight and are delivered by 12:00 pm to most locations, Tuesday through Friday. Josh's Frogs does not ship frogs internationally. Scheduling of frog order is dependant on your availability and weather.


Please respond to our Frog Shipping Email, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive. We'll email back to confirm after checking your local weather conditions.


We can ship directly to your address, as long as your local overnight low temperature is above 39F the night of shipping, and your high temperature is below 91F at noon on the day of arrival. If your overnight lows are below 40F but above 29F, Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your high temperature is over 90F at the guarantee 'delivered by' time (typically 12pm), Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your overnight low is below 30F, Josh's Frogs retains the right to hold frog shipping until temperatures increase due to safety concerns. We will hold the frogs at our facility for any length of time necessary to ensure that the frogs you order are received in the best of health. This policy is designed with the best interests and health of our animals at heart!


To find your nearest appropriate FedEx location, click here and follow the instructions below:

  • Enter your zip code in the top search box.

  • Click the Filter button.

  • Check Staffed Location.

  • Expand Additional services, and check the Hold package at location for pickup box.

  • Close the filter box and search for locations.


FedEx's website will display the nearest locations where you may pick up your frogs. We'll look up the locations for you when you call to schedule frog shipping. You do not need to check your temperature before ordering frogs - Josh's Frogs will take care of this when contacted about scheduling shipment. Frog orders require contact from our customer prior to being shipped out, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive, and to check your local weather conditions.


Shipping for any number of frogs is a flat rate $39.99. This includes postage, a box with 1" styrofoam insulation, gel packs, heat/ice packs and/or phase 22 panels if necessary. Josh's Frogs has been shipping frogs since 2004 and has shipped thousands of animals safely. We have a special contract with UPS to ship live animals directly to residential addresses and guarantee live arrival as long as our Live Arrival Conditions are met.

All gecko shipments are sent via FedEx Overnight Air or USPS Express mail (where available). Therefore, your geckos will arrive the next day before noon. Josh's Frogs offers a live arrival guarantee on all gecko shipments provided that:

  • temperatures during transit do not exceed 85 degrees
  • temperatures during transit do not drop below 40 degrees for delivery to address
  • temperatures during transit do not drop below 30 degrees for pickup at the nearest FedEx Customer Center
  • someone is there to accept the package when it is delivered

Read What Others Are Saying:

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Beautiful, healthy gecko Review by Melissa
I got my neon day gecko a couple weeks ago. As always it arrived healthy, active and beautiful. My gecko is doing great and I highly recommend joshes frogs for live animals. I've purchased 2 frogs and 3 geckos from them and they are all healthy and beautiful. (Posted on 3/7/2019)
Beautiful, healthy gecko Review by Melissa
Got my day gecko nearly a week ago. It arrived beautiful and healthy. I've been wanting a day gecko for sooooooo long and so happy I chose this particular species. Joshes frogs has very healthy animals. (Posted on 3/4/2019)

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