Saturday, July 31, 2010

Meet the Geckos

Geckos are apparently one of the "new" types of pets that are popular today. I hadn't realized just how popular until recently. My son got a leopard gecko (we call him Buzz) earlier this year. He's done very well in the house and is growing quite well. I call him 'fat tail' more often than not as he stores the extra from his meals (primarily crickets) there. He's not a cuddly pet and he's not particularly fond of handling. He is easy to care for, though and my kids enjoy playing with him.

Recently, though, we've added Scarlett (name for now). S/he's a crested gecko. Crested geckos are different from leopards not just by coloring, but by being more arboreal. Her cage has more vines/logs/sticks to climb as they spend more time off the ground than on it. She also eats what's called 'crested gecko food'. Very simple, add water, mix, serve. She's only about 3 months old, so she's VERY small.

At some point in the future, my daughter wants to add her own gecko. We're watching to see if perhaps we can find a panther gecko. She hasn't totally decide which variety she wants, though.

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