Learn About Sampson

  • Classification: Reptile
  • Species: Madagascar Giant Day Gecko (Phelsuma grandis)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 8-15+ years
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 6-8 years
  • Length: 12 inches
  • Range in the Wild: Madagascar
  • Habitat in the Wild: Tropical and subtropical forests, human dwellings
    • Diet in the Wild: Invertebrates, small vertebrates, nectar, some fruit
    • Gender: Male
    • Birth: 2013
    • Arrival: October 2013

Sampson arrived as a juvenile at Wildlife Images to be an education ambassador. He is often seen habituating the top back right corner of his enclosure, waiting for food to be delivered. Sampson is super fast! His species requires a lot of specialized care including controlling humidity, day and night time temperatures, and appropriate lighting.