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    Feeling a bit disappointed this week. A couple days late but here is an update photo. Maybe it was cause she was hiding for the evening already, or maybe it will take longer than I want it to(I would like her color to change now) Anyhow, I am happy that she is actually moving from tube to tube each day. I may end up moving the enclosure to a spot that gets more direct sun during the day. See how she likes it and how it works.
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    I may have posted this on another thread, but I was chatting with "dakinecornell" about differences within a species across certain ranges and it may be due to other factors besides sunlight. Diet may play a major role in coloration as these Phelsuma eat a wide variety of invertebrates. I feed my crickets a varied diet of excess produce from my garden and feed my Drosophila a powdered, prepared food, invertebrates in the wild feed on all kinds of things. The Phelsuma also have access to nectar and pollen. This is a very interesting experiment and I wouldn't get frustrated, it may take some time. At least you are trying something novel and contributing to our understanding. Keep it up, man!
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    Yeah thanks Matt, I'm not going to give up. I actually moved the enclosure to the middle of the yard so it gets more sunlight. I will be giving the gecko an early check tomorrow to make sure everything is still going swell. I was just hoping for constant increase in coloration. I'll keep giving updates and hope to continue them on every Wednesday!
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    Hey Adam - this was interesting... did you keep the experiment going?

    Also, did you notice any changes in the size of her calcium sacs since she's been outside?

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    Hey, it is still semi-going, but I do not see the gecko often at all. I usually have to get her out of a bamboo tube just to see her. I am either going to bring her back inside soon or move the enclosure and get some more plants like some sort of vining plant.

    I honestly don't remember if her chalk sacs got bigger or smaller. I'll try to find out once I get back home. Maybe get another picture up too.
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    So it has been a long while since I was doing this outdoor trial. The gecko didn't cooperate, the weather started sucking(cool and rainy for about 2 weeks straight). I brought the gecko back inside a while back. I didn't really notice much change in coloration.

    Recently as I've been feeding all the babies, I've noticed that the older P. laticauda are showing A LOT more color than ever before. A few months back I came across some gutload/food recipes for crickets. Big list of different things. I made up a couple batches of it(and it is rather expensive to make) but from what I've been seeing, I believe nutrition makes a bigger difference in overall.

    My theory on lighting is that without the proper light conditions for the geckos and proper temperatures, you will notice coloration more on the drab side. SO obviously good lighting is important.

    I have been noticing for a while that my juvenile P. abbotti chekei almost seem to glow green. I got a good look at the girl from the outdoor trial today and her overall color isn't yellow anymore. The yellow spots on the neck actually "pop" and the red still isn't as red as it could be, but is coming along nicely!

    This photo doesn't show what I saw 15 minutes ago. But it is still a huge improvement!!!

    001 by daggekko, on Flickr
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