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New addition to the family

I wanted to introduce everyone to the newest member of the family: Cyclone. He (and this one is definately a he) is a Crested Gecko and has QUITE the personality. He likes to jump from hand to hand, and hang out on my arm.













I was going to hold out and get a Gold dust day gecko, but when I met this little guy and held him for a while, he just stole my heart. Maybe later, I'll get him a girl :)

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parab0lic
Feb. 4th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
Aw, he's cute. I love the first picture. :)
trshtwns01
Feb. 4th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I need to get out my 35mm instead of my digital, so I'll have a bit more control over the depth of field. Crested always take the most adorable pictures of their faces. I think it's the crest that looks like eyelashes that make them so cute. :)
georgiaskydiver
Feb. 5th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
It's funny, but we were just discussing your family's reptile collection tonight at the dinner table. I think we all agreed that when the reptiles outnumber the humans in a home, it's time to seek professional help!
morzsa
Feb. 5th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
He has an ostrich grin!

Gotta love grinning animals.
ditz_35801
Feb. 5th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
Ooooo! That thing is neat looking :) does it bite? Does it hurt? Is it very hard to maintian? I wouldn't mind having one of those.
trshtwns01
Feb. 5th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
They are incredibly cute! They don't bite, unless you try to mess with them when they are eating, and only then because they might think you are food. It doesn't hurt when they bite, just a pinch if that.

For maintenance, if you have one, or a breeding pair (just don't get two males) you can keep them in a 10 gallon aquarium, although 20 Tall would be better. Give them things to climb, and something to hide in. Keep a shallow bowl of water in there, and mist the tank once or twice a day to up the humidity (or put in a mister or drip system to do it for you). When they are young, feed them every day, and when they are adults only 3 or 4 times a week. They will eat live crickets (dusted with vitamins and calcium powder. Really easy to do) and a couple of times a week you can take a bottle cap full of baby food (mango, peach, banana, etc. No citrus) and mix in a little powder, and they'll eat that. There are certain things you can give them for treats (wax worms, meal worms, ripe fruit).

They are most active at night/early evening. They are one of the few reptiles that don't have special lighting needs. They can be kept at room temp. I have a red light that I use so I can see them at night.

The setup is the biggest cost - maintaining them is very little. Crickets are like 5 cents each at pet stores, or you can get regular deliveries from places online at about $5 for 50-100.

The coolest fact about them? They were thought to be extinct until they were found at one end of New Caldonia in 1994!

Here is a good care and info sheet

Also here is a pic of my tank before anything was in it

Now that I have written a novel *laugh* I think they are pretty cute, not hard to take care of and REALLY interesting to watch. I love having them around for Michael and Matthew to see how nature works. They 'help' me take care of the crickets, feed, and watch for natural behaviors.
ditz_35801
Feb. 6th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
Cool! thanks for the info. I think Justin and I may go to the pet store tomorrow and check them out.
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