Phelsuma laticauda laticauda can
reach about 130 mm in total. The main coloration is vivid green to
yellowish green, with three pear shaped spots on the lower back. The
neck region is speckled with fine yellow dots, forming often two
parallel lines along the vertebrae. Two red lines are present on the
head, one is V-shaped before the eye, the other runs from eye to eye.
Sometimes a third line is present behind the eyes. The eye rings are
blue. Males sometimes can posses a bluish tail, normally it is yellowish
with fine reddish dots.
P. laticauda laticauda is
without doubt the most abundant species of the Sambirano Domain. It is
mainly found in the humid regions of northern Madagascar. Outside
Madagascar it occurs, on two of the Comoro Islands; Anjouan and Mayotte,
on the Farquhar atoll in Seychelles and it has been introduced onto the
laticauda can be found in a variety of habitats except in denser
forest regions. Palms and banana trees are the preferred vegetation, but
they can also be found on Ravenala
madagascariensis, smaller deciduous trees and often in gardens
and on houses. Juvenile P. laticauda
laticauda was sometimes found on medium sized bamboo, where the
adults were also found only on the bigger species of bamboo.