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Happy Lizards Stamp by CatharsisJB Happy Lizards Stamp by CatharsisJB
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This stamp does actually have some meaning. I hope you will read this.

Since I started posting these gecko pictures, I've ended up (purposely or otherwise) encouraging people to go out and invest in the hobby of reptile-keeping. Some people who have picked up crested geckos in the recently past months, I'm sure, are well-suited to the task of keeping their new pets happy. However, I do need to add a note of caution.

Geckos, or reptiles of any kind, are not like kitties and puppies.

You can't just go out and get one and take it in to just any vet when it gets sick; do your research ahead of time and make sure you have a herp-knowledgeable veterinarian in your area, or in an area that you are willing to drive to.

You can't handle them a ton like you can with mammal pets or they get stressed out; they are, for the most part, a look-but-don't-touch-too-much set of creatures. When I photograph my lizards, I take them out for about 10-15 minutes to do so and they go right back in to rest.

Some reptile species tend towards "mean." You can often train dogs out of bad behavior; there is very little you can do to stop an iguana from taking a chunk out of your hand aside from learning how to hold the animal to avoid the teeth and tail. When your beautiful Tokay gecko draws blood just because you wanted to pick him up, you can't yell "NO" at him or take him into the Lizard Training Class. That's just how they are.

There are entry-level lizards and there are animals that beginners have no business owning. Crested geckos are very easy to care for, as far as reptiles go. They still have specific requirements that must be met. You can take a kitten home with a food and water dish and a litterbox, and it's mostly set and happy. Reptiles need special humidity gauges so you can make sure they're shedding properly. They usually have very specific diets you need to follow. They need specific heat settings - too much temperature change one way or the other can stress an animal out, lead to poor eating, and eventually kill it. They need places in their enclosures in which they can feel safe, and enough room for something their size to move around. (PLEASE do research to find out how big your animal will get before you make your commitment! A 5-inch iguana baby can turn into a 6-foot monster. If you have no room for the end product, you should not get that adorable baby.)

Most importantly, there are tons of conflicting care sheets out there. When I first looked into getting crested geckos, I read that baby food was a viable food source for them. Only after a few weeks of digging around (BEFORE making my gecko purchase) did I discover that that feeding method is outdated and possibly dangerous to the health of the gecko, as baby food is formulated for, well, human babies. There are now better options out there.

I encourage you, if you are looking to bring home a reptile pet, to get involved in not just one, but several internet forums for your specific animal if you can. Lurk, ask questions, understand what you are getting into. If that's not an option, look to see if your area has a local Herp Society. Visit reptile swaps/shows. Ask many different breeders what they recommend for keeping animals healthy. Don't just go by one source, because that one source could be misinformed, outdated, or just dangerously incorrect (though there are some conscientious keepers there, I've discovered that YouTube is a horrible repository for many dangerous animal-keeping "tips"). Keep your eyes open and be flexible and willing to change the way you care for your animals if it becomes apparent that your old method of husbandry is outdated.

Jumping in headfirst to almost anything can be dangerous - doing so with reptile-keeping can be dangerous to your new pet. Please, keep your lizards, snakes, tortoises, whatever, happy, and do some research before you buy.

If you use this stamp, do it to support being well-informed about your pets!
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CatsandStyooth Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As I always say "A happy reptile makes me a happy person"
And it always puts a smile on my face when I see people taking good care of their reptiles so that they're happy and healthy ^^
aquafox12 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Aww reminds me of the smiling cresties at work ^^
KyuremObsession Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, it's so cute! I wouldn't actually get a pet snake or lizard, because I believe such animals are better wild and I have no clue how to care for them properly, but I love reptiles.
ArtOfTheFox Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute stamp! I agree with you completely, it's so important to learn how to properly care for reptiles. I look forward to the day when I can get lizards of my own! Heart 
Lukia26 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I completely agree, thank you for making this stamp! ^.^
Razzmatazkitty Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great stamp! =)
RedEarthStables Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
When i first discovered this species (by finding one of your videos actually :worship: ), i did MONTHS of research before i bought one, and i continue to lurk and ask questions and study, study, study. :) To date my little ones are healthy and happy! :dance:
DesertdustSariah Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
i agree with you and thanks for the tips!i was thinking of getting a lizard one day but i don't think i'm prepared for it.I love them how they are: living their lives in the wilderness.nice stamp by the way ^^
talziedash Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with everything you've said. :clap: Love this stamp!
Lizardspirit Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this stamp and I agree %100 percent. A reptile is not a pet you can impulse buy. They require allot of research and constant monitoring to make sure they are healthy and happy. Because of this they require allot of work and money, so research is key to owning them. Ive had my bearded dragon for 2 years now and I still do research to make sure the ways I'm caring for him is still up to date :)
I'm going to be purchasing some crested geckos soon and Ive been preparing for months now with research trying to make sure everything is perfect before I bring them home :)
syclopskitten Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Do lizzards/geckos smile because their happy or is it the shape of their mouths?
CatharsisJB Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Mouth shape. They're only happy when they're pooping on you ;)
syclopskitten Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
BANANATEETH Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Amen. I found several sources that were pro baby food too.
Das baby food ist nicht gut for lizardos!

Do your research! Take notes!
lonestarstories Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
I just LOVE your stamp, I HAVE to put this on my home! I love lizards & frogs, my friends are always making fun of me because of it, I even have my own happy frog MSN emoticon... and now I find the PERFECT STAMP made by you!

THANK YOU and congrats! ^___^
LittleSocket Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
My goodness I'm using this. I have a Veiled (Yemen) Chameleon just under two years old and he's just the sweetest thing.

I researched for quite some time before I bought him. Travelled to the same pet store and handled him on multiple occasions before I made a final decision- and it is one of the best I've made!

A lot of the time the chameleon care sheets explain that they are a solitary animal, don't enjoy being handled and what you mentioned about look-don't-touch. That is untrue in my case. Arthur (his name) is the kindest most affectionate pet I think I have ever owned.

When I open his cage he comes over to me, sits on my family's shoulders while we make our way around the house- VERY rarely hisses or lunges though he has grouchy days like any other living creature.

Just last night I was lying on my bed watching him crawl around when he suddenly turned, climbed up my shoulder, dug through my hair like a tunnel and nuzzled into my neck. Though I understand he enjoys our body heat- it's still too adorable when he clutches to us. I love it when my lizard is happy~ :heart: and it's good to see other people are keeping theirs happy as well :)
princedirk Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everything you said was remarkable. <3 I thank you.
MarkyVigoroth Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
Me, when I first read this, I decided that I should not get a reptile, at least until I am ready for such. I know that he purpose of this stamp IS NOT to discourage people from getting reptiles as pets, but to put in perspective the responsibilities in taking care of thereof. I just think that (even though I am mostly very responsible) I should wait some more before actually really considering getting a reptile. After all, reptiles need plenty more care, and I do not want my ignorance/incompetence to get in the way of the well-being of my pets (even though I do not have one).
CatharsisJB Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
Doing a bunch of research and using multiple multiple sources is the best way to prepare yourself for any new animal :) I wish you luck and thank you for planning ahead!
MarkyVigoroth Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
I do such already, and I am planning pets for the time when I leave home (which is still rather far off...)!
dragonicwolf Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I support your stand, although I am indirectly guilty.

I was given an iguana for my birthday when I was twelve, and I had no idea I was going to get him. My parents apparently thought It was a good idea getting me this cute little iguana at the shop, since I love reptiles so much.

It was very difficult at first because I had done no research in advance , i had no idea, and had my terrarium set up wrongly and he ended up getting very aggressive when in his cage and some other problems with aggression.

After 5 years now, I still have him. He is still aggressive when he is in his 'territory', and he head bobs. However he never bit me before. He is just fine when I take him from the room and give him a warm bath and some fruit. I just give a word of caution to visitors. He free roams the room, usually sleeps on the couch at night, which I find very cute. Even from my bedroom he finds his way back to the living room in which he resides.

Didnt intend this to become a story of my iggy >w>. ANW, I personally think that he is a reasonably happy lizard.
MysticDuskaStudios Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
what's your iggy's name? :)
MadMeeper Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Filmographer
D'awww. Crested Geckos have to be my favorite geckos. :)

I have 4 Bearded Dragons, my oldest one (and the one I've had the longest) I got for free because she had a lip injury. Some older beardies went and hurt her. :< But she's all better now. You can't tell at first glance...but she does have a scar where the injury was, but you can only see it if you move her lip. Happy and healthy lizards FTW! :D
KemicalStar Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
who wouldnt love any lizards. great stamp
mollycarroll Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
Here here! T'is true, reptiles are notoriously difficult to keep. But if you are up to the task, they are so wonderful. I have two leopard geckos and a bearded dragon myself: all very happy lizards. ;)
KingGiantess Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Great stamp! I have a leopard gecko myself, but still, same message! Will use. :3
popcorn1010 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Tokay geckos are my fav:heart:
im defintetly using this in my journal C:
Shuricel Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
Agreed. I have a few pet lizards at home, and know about them.

Though...when I grow up I might get a few, it'll only be 2 or 3 of the same kind at the most.

I <3 my Chinese Water Dragons, though.
Kaaziel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Aww, a crested gecko! :aww: Just like my Ted.
Great stamp!
meow-woof Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, a really good start out reptile is a Bearded Dragon! I am not really a new person to reptiles, but I have a beardie. And if you want a reptile you can handle more often than most of them and one you can take out and watch, not play with mind you, just hold and watch (They have so much personality it's hilarious) beardies are a good choice. I found mine, but babies run around $60. Once you get them grown they have less issues to look out for, and while they are a relatively easy reptile to take care of, you still need to feed them a proper amount of crickets and vegetables. Also make sure that you know their normal behavior, because there's behavior where they look like they might be sick, but it's just brumation (lizard's equivalent of hibernation).

So yes, I recommend a Bearded Dragon! ^^
Shiwolf Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice stamp. Who doesn't like happy geckos? :D
RhythmLizard Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007
I'm a use this, k? :)
queenpili Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe my bf has geckos, but one of them killed his anole. He also has an iguana and a bearded dragon.

I guess this applies to any "lizard" :D
CatharsisJB Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
How did the gecko kill the anole? :( Some geckos are very mean, it's not a good idea to make them live together.
queenpili Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know how it was, but you can ask my bf .
Aeyoqen Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007   Filmographer
I'm really glad I found this! I've recently been looking into purchasing a gargoyle gecko, and have been reading books as well as spending endless hours on the internet. It makes me sad to see people who buy these guys on a whim, without really understanding what it entails (internet forum quote - "I have to feed them WHAT!?").
I'm definitely adding this to my journal.
VirginiaVitamins Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
Thank you for posting this. I agree wholeheartedly.:)
Aasiya Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
Yeah, it is harder taking care of reptile pets then mammal pets.
Lluhnij Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
I'm going to add this to my journal, your message is very important. Thank you! :hug:
SunGryphon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Great stamp, wonderful message. I'll be adding this to my collection.

You need to make an "I :heart: Gecko Toes" stamp, though
tigerbitten Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
BRAVA! What you speak is truth. I had that same problem when I bought a ropefish for my friend's fishtank. It surprised us both when it slithered out of water onto the floor--we didn't know that it could do that! So for all of spring break I ran around looking for information on the snakey-like fish.

Since then I've come to love Earl and his kind...or her kind. Still haven't figured out if it was male or female =D
carthaki Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
Great stamp.

Fortunately AND unfortunately, by generating an interest in any particular kind of aminal, you will get both 'positive' and 'negative' interest.

Humans seem to always be looking for the 'next big thing' - and they dont always do the thinking ahead of time to realize that they may not be equipped to handle what they're getting themselves into.

One of the 'positive' things that I have found in my years of keeping reptiles - and something I feel I should point out - is that while they are less snuggly and cuddly than say, a dog or cat might be, they are also less likely to grow attached to the person keeping them. That being said - if a person can realize their mistake in having purchased their little critter, they can find a better home for them without stressing the bugger out a terrible amount. By doing a little research, it is generally possible and easy to find a reputable breeder or store (NOT PETCO OR SOME OTHER CHAIN) willing to take the lizard for store credit, and sometimes even cash.

Even if they cant pay you for them, it is better to give them back and know they will have a happier, healthier life.
RedEarthStables Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I totally agree. :) Especially if the individual is involved in a reptile society, like a forum or city club. I know many people on the forum i haunt who would help if a little one needed a better home.
CatharsisJB Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
Yeah, unfortunately a lot of people let reptiles go just like they let kittens go out in the country. And a lot of people feel ashamed when they can't care for an animal anymore. Blah.

Oh, I did just read about a shelter that takes in animals for military folks working overseas. I thought that was awesome.
RedEarthStables Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
The hardest thing about people releasing undesired animals is its just killing them slowly. Depending on the climate, they might not make a single night, or they could take over an ingenious species if the climate is suitable to them. Both outcomes being bad. >.<
carthaki Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
Definitely! Thats such a cool idea.
neonerd336 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
Sadly have any geckos, but at least I am into herps... I have a bearded dragon named Titus and actually, he loves to be held and be sociable
CatharsisJB Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
Bearded dragons are one of the more handleable breeds, yes, but they still have complicated care standards that people don't always take into consideration.
StringOfLights Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I definitely know what you mean... My boyfriend ended up with a leopard gecko (now residing in my house) that's missing an eye because her first owner put IODINE in her eyes. Because they looked cloudy. Erm, I dunno, because she was going to shed? She also lost a few toes because she wasn't shedding properly. Anyway, she was rescued by a herp guy who is brilliant with reptiles, but he didn't have time to spend hours hand feeding her, so now Alex has her. She has gotten so much fatter in the past few months, her good eye has cleared up, and we've actually got her hunting mealworms in her tank a little. It's so great to see her thriving, but it's also absolutely horrible that she's on her third owner. Geckos are not uncomplicated pets!
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