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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas readers! I hope that it is a great one, and that you have a wonderful new year. Please note that in the picture below that Waffles was not hurt at all by the hat because it was just resting on his head. And yes, I promise it is a real hat, and not Photoshop.Enjoy!

So normally I don’t do black and white…

But this time I decided this picture would look nice in b&w.  Enjoy!

How to Handle Your Gecko

Alright. So far, I have covered the topics of cage set up, and feeding for a gecko. Now for handling info. For starters, always wash your hands before and after handling a reptile, because they can transmit salmonella to humans, which can be a very deadly disease. Another important rule, is to never squeeze your gecko or play with it’s tail, because squeezing it will crush it, and it’s tail will drop. When a gecko drops it’s tail, it is not harmed, but it will not look as good afterward.Please note that in the picture below, those are not my geckos. I forgot to mention, they can also accidentally grow 2-3 tails. Even if you think it would look cool, please don’t force your gecko to drop it’s tail, because it will scare them. Again, no matter how cool you think injuries, and 3 tails would look, please don’t do it to them on purpose.

Now that we’ve gone over the basics, on to the other information. First, turn off all heating devices, and take the lid off. Make sure not to get the lamps on the carpet, but put the lamps on the lid. Then, lift up a hide out, to get him out. Then, gently and slowly scoop them up out of the cage, and make sure they can’t jump or fall, because they do not take into mind how high up they are, and don’t care, so they can get seriously injured, or die. :( Once in your hands, find a place to sit down, and sit down, so it is easier to handle him/her. If you are handling a jumpy, or aggressive gecko, try to have someone with you to assist you if they jump. For example, if you are handling a Crested Gecko, which will most likely jump, I would have someone stand in front of you, or behind you, because they most often jump to another solid space, and can jump quite far. And as another example, if you are handling a Tokay or another aggressive lizard which can bite, and hurt you, you should have someone there to help you if it does bite so you are not injured.

While handling your gecko, if it seems discontent crawling on your hands, and seems

like it wants more space, consider letting it crawl up your arm or shirt, and they won’t

fall off, because they have claws, but most likely, if they do scratch, it probably won’t

hurt very bad. In the circumstance that you are bitten, don’t pull, because it will just

make them latch on harder, and it will injure your lizard. Without a certain method,

they will not let go for about 45 minutes, and it will most likely be very painful, so be

extra careful. The way to get the gecko to let go, is to lay it in it’s cage, and drop a few drops of vinegar on it’s back, and it will run into a hide out,  If you don’t make sudden movements, they will not be scared, and will

behave very well.  You should also be quiet too. Make sure not to handle them the

same day that you feed them (only if you haven’t fed them yet) because it can make

them nervous, and make them vomit up their food. Yuck! I hope that handling goes well for you. If you have any advice for me, or questions, just tell me or ask in the comments, and I will be glad to help with any problems you have, and will readily accept advice. Happy handling!

It’s the christmas season! yay!

Merry Christmas! (almost) I am excited that it is the first day in December which means that there are only 25 days exactly til’ Christmas. I love it all, and is a very fun season, and me, and waffles here want to wish you a merry Christmas season, and hope that you enjoy it very much. Laters!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that people are having fun, even though this is sort of early. This is my first list of 20 things I am thankful for. ( Sorry that it’s not 50) So in no particular order, here they are.

1. Waffles :)

2. That people around the world are trying to stop animal cruelty, and save animals’ lives.

3. A loving and supporting family.

4. My friends who are also reptile geeks. ;)

5. For God’s wonderful creation that he has generously shared with me.

6. That  God has kept my safe my whole life, and that we are able to have food and water and everything we need, every day.

7. That God has given me a knowledge and love of herps that I can hopefully share with other people.

8. For all of my pets including my hermit crab, fish, and my gecko.

9. For my skates and bike (I’m not going to lie, I LOVE to skate.)

10. For a warm home during this fall/winter season..

11. For you readers that you actually come to my blog.

12. That I have been able to have and share wonderful experiences with animals.

13. That I am able to write this blog and share with you the animals I love.

14. For fellow reptile lovers that share my love of reptiles, and are trying to do something about habitat destruction, and help reptiles and amphibians around the world from extinction.

15. For people that have shared their knowledge of animals with me.

16. That I am able to have good food, and see friends and family on thanksgiving day to celebrate.

17. That I have very good friends that will watch hockey and other things with me.

18. My hockey stuff (seeing I am a HUGE San Jose Sharks fan)

19. That God has kept me safe my whole life and given me many good things.

20. Last, but not least, that so many people have helped me with my want to be a herpetologist, and that people have been willing to share their knowledge so that I can be a herpetologist.

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

 

 

How to feed your Fat Tailed Gecko

Today, I am going to share how I personally think you should feed your African Fat Tailed Gecko and/or Leopard gecko.  Please not that my way is not to only way, and i’m sure there are many other ways to do it. this is just the way I prefer to do it, and hope it is helpful to you. If you have any advice to point out, I will happily accept.

First, I would like to let you know, that on any circumstances you should NEVER feed them crickets or other bugs that you have caught previously, seeing it could have some chemicals or junk on it that could make your little guy very sick, or kill him A lady had a bearded dragon, that had one night, eaten lots of bugs that her children caught. The next day, it was dead. It is a very bad idea, and is very cruel. If you are squeamish about small insects, and things like that, then definitely get a tropical gecko that will eat fruit, and rarely some crickets.

 

First, you need to take a trip to your local pet store, and get a decently sized cricket keeper, and some crickets. You should not get the mini ones, unless your gecko is a baby, seeing the small crickets tend to get out, and get dirty, and therefore, unsafe for feeding. You should generally get large crickets which are about 10 cents each. You should get some yellow Flukers thirst quencher because it is a drown fee source of food an water. If you want, you can get some Calcium dust to dust them in once a week.

To feed, carefully open the lid, and slowly  try to catch a cricket out of the tank. Close up your palm, and drop into the entrance of the cave. normally, they should wake up, and attack quite quickly, and almost never miss. You can also try taking out water dishes and hides, and letting him be. If you want you can hand feed him by grasping the crickets by the thorax, and wiggling them in front of his head. You can do this, but should do it very rarely, or else he/she will become lazy, and expect you to do it every time. It is sometimes, a great way to get a gecko to warm up to you. Don’t leave them in there all day, like they say to, because they can chew baby geckos to death, and cause adult geckos great pain by biting them . I’ve had one bite me, and it doesn’t hurt very bad to us. But if you are  the gecko (and some geckos have very sensitive skin) and you are smaller, that would hurt very badly. Someone had a lizard with a bite as big as an eraser. So if you are going to leave them in there, please don’t do it for very long.

I hope this will be helpful, and useful to all of you reading my blog. Laters!

Naptime

While I was doing school, I saw that my buddy was asleep on top of his log, and had to snap a few pics. I thought it was pretty funny, because he was there til’ about 1:30. Pretty Funny. Laters!

How to set up a Happy, healthy, Fat Tailed Gecko’s cage

Hi! If anyone has been wondering how to set up a Fat Tailed Gecko cage, well here you go.

 

First, the essential thing for your gecko, is a 10-20 gallon tank with a screen lid (highly recommended for people with dogs, cats, or other animals that could get in, and hurt your gecko.

Next, you will need a heat lamp fixture over one house, which will be the warm hide. I would recommend a 50-60 watt bulb for your tank.

During the winter, if your house gets below 70 degrees, you should get a secondary heat lamp  to heat his cool, humid side with a 40 watt red bulb (so that you will not hurt his eyes).

You should also have a cool, humid side of the tank with one hide and a wet paper towel or napkin, and a water dish that is not to shallow, and not to deep. You should mist it fairly often, but not too much. Probably 2-3 times a day. (unless you have reptile carpet which will grow mold)

If you can afford it, I would also get a temperature, and make sure that the warm side stays at about 80-85 degrees, and the humid side at about 65-75 degrees. It is a little expensive, but it is worth the money. If it is not at the right temperature, then keep adjusting it.

You should also get a cricket cage, egg carton, cricket food, a mister, hand sanitizer, a pooper scooper, and calcium dust. I hope this works out for you the same as it has worked for me.

If you have any more ideas, please comment and let me know. I am also glad to answer any questions. Laters!

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The pictures, they are here.

Woohoo! My mom took some pictures, and they look great! I managed to catch her and get her to take some pictures. She took lots, but I will only show a few. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Final Decision

Hey Guys! I finally decided what I am going to get. An African Fat Tailed Gecko. Yup. But I’m not buying it from a pet store or Craigslist. I’m going to adopt my little buddy from and animal rescue and give it a nice home. I’ve already got the terrarium, the light fixture, the thermometer, the heat mat, the carpet, and the lid because I bought the rainforest kit. All that I need now is food, a red light, some hiding spots, and a water dish. After about 2 weeks me and my dad are gonna take a trip here. Wish me luck!!!

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