HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A foot-long Madagascar giant day gecko was captured at Queen Kaahumanu Elementary School earlier this week, and state inspectors are now surveying the campus to ensure no others are in the area.
The gecko was captured Tuesday after being spotted by a custodian, who called the state Agriculture Department.
The lizard appeared to be an adult. Its tail was lost during its capture.
Madagascar giant day geckos are bright green and are distinguished by a red stripe from the nostrils to the eyes. They also have orange spots on their back and may grow up to a foot long.
They're sometimes confused with the gold dust day gecko, which is more common in Hawaii and is smaller with yellowish-colored stripes from eye to eye.
As its name implies, the gecko is native to Madagascar; however, small populations have been reported in Florida and Hawaii. It feeds on various insects, small vertebrates and nectar.
Anyone who spots an unusual or illegal animal should report it to the state's pest hotline, 643-PEST (7378).