Taley asked in PetsReptiles · 1 month ago

Why does my giant day gecko get so dark?

I noticed when the sun goes down for the day, my giant Madagascar day gecko gets a lot darker than his lime green and red color. Instead, it’s a dark forest green and orange. Is this normal? He has sufficient UVB and UVA.

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
    Best Answer

    That is how some reptiles and amphibians respond to low temperatures and/or high humidity. They turn darker so that they are better able to camouflage themselves against a darker background environment and also the darker color enables them to absorb more solar radiation to get warmer quicker, when the sun comes out again.

  • 1 month ago

    You might read up about such animals and their camouflage abilities.

    Over that, many reptiles go through pigment changes with temperature and humidity.

    My green anole developed brown patches, down the road, now he is a brown anole.

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