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A Reptile is joining our family on Friday. AIBU to be a bit excited and a bit scared?

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SinisterBuggyMonth Tue 11-Oct-11 13:26:40

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CocktailQueen Tue 11-Oct-11 13:32:12

grin Get a good book about geckos and read up! The shop you're buying him from should be able to help and advise you too. Good luck -they are very sweet!

BeyondLimitsOfTheLivingDead Tue 11-Oct-11 13:48:12

No geckos here, but two pythons and a tortoise.

My cousin dropped my tortoise this weekend btw, cause he moved. He is okay.

mummylin2495 Tue 11-Oct-11 13:51:43

<< faints at the thought of pythons >>

tinkerbelleworkshop Tue 11-Oct-11 14:00:02

The tank is called a Vivarium smile
From memory I dont think Crested's do live that long?
If it does escape, which all reptiles seem to be great at! look in the airing cupboard or round the plugs and wires. They are really attracted to electricity for some reason :-)
They are good jumpers so would recommend putting the viv on the floor or low surface, so when you pick them up you will have more confidence in yourself that you wont harm them.
Dont worry about the tail thing, I've never had a Gecko that lost a tail, thats more likely to happen if its chased by a cat/other lizzy etc.
They are beautiful, gentle creatures and I hope you have years of enjoyment from it.
P.S, Its addictive! I give it a year before your buying another 1!

ripstheirthroatoutliveupstairs Tue 11-Oct-11 14:05:58

Voice of reason here.
Are you sure it is a good idea. You sound a bit nervous and unsure.
Do you know what they eat? is it live or dead? Do you have a ready source of whatever it is? Have you plans for boarding it if you go away?

BeyondLimitsOfTheLivingDead Tue 11-Oct-11 14:15:38

grin at tinkerbell , thats my little girl snakes name!

SecretSquirrel193 Tue 11-Oct-11 14:19:48

PLEASE don't scrimp on lights/supplements/temperature of the tank etc.. the amount of poorly lizards we see at work because owners don't look after them properly is shocking.. so many either die a cold, lonely death or die slowly of malnourishment sad

SecretSquirrel193 Tue 11-Oct-11 14:21:32

I would add don't take whatever the pet shop people say as green either - please check out what you need on a specialist reptile fanciers forum/site.. petshop people often give our poor advice and is the reptiles who suffer

gordyslovesheep Tue 11-Oct-11 14:22:56

be prepared to have crickets under your floor boards for ever

tinkerbelleworkshop Tue 11-Oct-11 14:33:19

Ahh! I miss the sound of crickets singing to the fridge :-).
Beyond, that is a beautiful name for a snake!

BeyondLimitsOfTheLivingDead Tue 11-Oct-11 14:39:44

Good point actually, are you getting him from a general pet shop or reptile shop? My reptile man is an enthusiast who has progressed from a large collection of his own to a small shop, and he is brilliant. Wont sell any animals without watching the buyer feed and handle them themselves. I'd recommend someone similar rather than a pet shop.

The girls in work never used to be too fond of me keeping frozen rats in the freezer when I bought them (Each time I'd say "but its just meat?"). They let me do it though. Cant imagine they would with crickets though

SinisterBuggyMonth Tue 11-Oct-11 14:43:31

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tinkerbelleworkshop Tue 11-Oct-11 15:34:49

Most important thing to have in the tank, is somewhere for the lizzy to hide. You get a false impression of how the tank should look in the shop, as they want to sell the animals so take away the hides. A bit of cork, or even a well cleaned upside down ice cream pot with a hole in is good.

KurriKurri Tue 11-Oct-11 15:50:43

My nephew has geckos, they are very sweet little things, and active during the day, so entertaining to watch. You need to stock up on knowledge before they arrive, from what I remember having gecko-sat a couple of times grin they need a heated cage/tank and the heat needs to be adjusted during the evening. (Obviously don't take that as gospel, but I seem to remember it being a bit of a faff)

They eat live crickets, which you have to keep in a container and feed on some sort of bran stuff. The crickets smell, to be blunt.

AFAIK, DN's geckos have never lost their tails, but they have escaped a couple of times, and they have had babies. Apart from that, they've been fairly well behaved grin

JustGetOnWithIt Tue 11-Oct-11 15:53:07

We have a leopard gecko and I was also over-protective when we first got him - but he seems pretty calm and resilient. Be aware that an all-glass vivarium can be harder to keep warm than a wooden one, but we have managed it but have yet to get through the winter. Locusts are better than crickets - don't make a noise, nicer looking (!), don't tend to escape and don't breed if they do (apparently). I am now very fond of the gecko and feel weirdly maternal towards him!

KurriKurri Tue 11-Oct-11 15:53:23

just seen your post about whether they need company, - IIRC my nephew has 3 in the cage, and a skink (which is a sort of fat slow worm with legs and only comes out at night I think). I haven't seen them fighting, although obviously because they laid eggs which hatched, there must be some combo of male and female in there.

lololizzy Wed 12-Oct-11 21:32:33

I love my lizard! My name comes from 'lizy' but I turned it to Lizzy. They can be real characters!

ChooChooWowWow Wed 12-Oct-11 21:53:09

We have a leopard gecko and a huge bearded dragon. They are very cute. Ours have never escaped but the crickets do. I'm forever finding them in beds or the washing basket [used].
I agree with those that say make sure you have the correct lighting and heating. We didn't realise at the first that you need to change the UV lights each year.

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