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Ok, the rat idea is off. Someone talk to me about Leopard Gecko's

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Chickenshavenolips Thu 05-Nov-09 11:19:39

DH has put his foot down with regard the rats, as even talking about them makes him shudder (the big wuss). So, plan B is a leopard gecko. Has anyone got one? Are they good pets for children? Pros and cons please

BellaBonJovi Thu 05-Nov-09 11:20:58

Replace DH.

Get rats.

Sorted wink

Iklboo Thu 05-Nov-09 11:22:17

Apparently very hard to look after (environment control, feeding live insects ect)

gecko care sheet

Chickenshavenolips Thu 05-Nov-09 11:22:36

Alas, while I like your thinking, replacing DH not an option. Currently.

Iklboo Thu 05-Nov-09 11:23:27

Sorry not very hard to look after, after all. But patently NOT as cute & cuddly as ratties

ps - friend had a lizard fed on live insects. Live insects escaped.......

BellaBonJovi Thu 05-Nov-09 11:24:16

Is it the small furry mammal thing or the tail he doesn't like?

<prepares list of small furries without tails>

Iklboo Thu 05-Nov-09 11:25:28

And leopard geckos cost arounf £30-35 each to buy, starter kits from £70

BellaBonJovi Thu 05-Nov-09 11:26:28

..and can be very hard to find vets experienced in exotics.....


Chickenshavenolips Thu 05-Nov-09 11:27:04

TBH, DH is just not an animal lover. He doesn't like the feel of little bones and squirminess hmm I think it might be the scampering that small rodents do that has him shuddering and doing a cats bum face. We can't have a cat or a dog, we do have a budgie (that DH hates, although the feeling is mutual) and 7 chickens. I'd like to get DS2 (6) an indoor pet that he can interact with.

squirrel42 Thu 05-Nov-09 11:29:42

My sister has a gecko. He really doesn't do very much. From my visits to her it's more akin to having a fish in a tank that you can look at but not really interact with. Rats on the other hand you can play with, train and they will get to know you. As a teenager mine used to ride around on my shoulder freaking my mum out! grin

BellaBonJovi Thu 05-Nov-09 11:32:23

I think I have to go back to my first suggestion grin

No, seriously - even if DH is not required to touch, feel, do whatever to a pet, would he not have it in the house? Hidden from his view?

Are there any that he would consider, or is the Gecko thing unknown to him as yet? smile

HeSaysSheSays Thu 05-Nov-09 11:32:39

Geckos are not really great pets, they move fast, they get broken easily and they need specialist care - if you are happy with all that then get a recommendation for a good reptile shop in your area (usually best to steer clear of chains) and go and ask all the quetions you can think of.

TBH though, rats are fab pets, one of the best small pets for children - I am a rabbit person myself but still think they are better than even rabbits! Your dh won't have to handle them will he? My ds keeps his rats in his room, is that an option? That way dh wouldn't even see them most of the time!

Chickenshavenolips Thu 05-Nov-09 11:35:08

He is less squeamish about lizardy things, but will still only observe from a distance. He has made it quite clear that any rodents in the house would result in him screaming like a hysterical school girl grin

BellaBonJovi Thu 05-Nov-09 11:35:39

How could anybody not like

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morethanyoubargainfor Thu 05-Nov-09 11:35:40

I agree with Bella grin

Exchange DH for ratties!

BellaBonJovi Thu 05-Nov-09 11:36:10

try again:


BellaBonJovi Thu 05-Nov-09 11:37:56

fwiw, my poor mother was seriously phobic about small furries.

By the time I was on hammy no.15 (complete with breeding programmes I used to draw up while I should have been listening in English Comprehension), she was really quite okay about them grin

Blondeshavemorefun Thu 05-Nov-09 12:35:39

Is it the small furry mammal thing or the tail he doesn't like?

<prepares list of small furries without tails>




<blondie jumps up and down excitley>

my mum couldnt bear to hold our hammies and now she wants them at theirs when the blondes go on holiday and she spoils loves them and plays daily with them

HeSaysSheSays Thu 05-Nov-09 12:46:33

I am feeling that you may not be getting much support for you gecko plan here Chickens!

Perhaps DH could go to screamy girl therapy? grin

For me the problem with geckos is they are hard for children to handle making htem less than ideal. I am having trouble coming up with a better one though... how about snakes? some can be quite good pets if handled properly - although they are still quite specialist they don't tend to move quite so fast!

insertnamechangehere Thu 05-Nov-09 12:50:08

I have kept a few lizards over the years, and the leopards were the best - relatively tame (not like an iguana). BUT they are not like mammals (as everyone is saying) - not really the kind of pet that you can handle a lot - they get stressed and if touched too hard they can lose their tails.
Lovely lizards, BUT, get a rat grin They are fab!

BellaBonJovi Thu 05-Nov-09 13:42:17

See! Even the gecko owners say get a rat! grin

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