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The Saddest Gecko

By Zsy
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So, this is the little gecko I rescued from a pet shop, the one I mentioned in my journal. You can pretty clearly see the scabs on his head and the bruise on his back right knee. Also, his tail is pretty nonexistent. I suspect the other geckos he was with were beating on him or the pet store workers really didn't know what they were doing.... Or a combination of the two. Either way he's doing great now! I'll post another more recent picture soon.

P.S. I better not get any comments saying "Omg YOU CAN'T KEEP HIM ON SAND!!!" The tank he's in in this pic is just one I put my geckos in while I'm cleaning their normal tanks! I use repti-carpet in their normal tanks. ^_^
IMAGE DETAILS
Image size
2432x1824px 1.01 MB
Make
Samsung Techwin
Model
<KENOX S1050 / Samsung S1050>
Shutter Speed
1/7 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
8 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Mar 5, 2009, 9:38:39 PM
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veekahr's avatar
veekahrHobbyist Traditional Artist
How is he doing now? I adopted a gecko that looks just like him in 2011, he was a rescue as well.
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JaqErant92Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, the poor thing. I've been witness to a lot of pet store mistreatment lately. I'm not sure what's going on in the animal industry, but these people should step up their care knowledge and quality. Glad you saved this cutie.
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syclopskittenStudent Filmographer
Do you have pic.s of him when he is healed? I would love to see the improvment!
Zsy's avatar
Here's a pretty recent photo:
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syclopskittenStudent Filmographer
He looks ALOT better!
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syclopskittenStudent Filmographer
I have two gecko's like yours... But I was told to but them in the sand.... Am I supposed to use this "reptile-carpet" or sand (or does it depend on the way it was raised or something)? (I did not get my gecko's at the store I got them from this lady who loves reptiles)
Zsy's avatar
Contrary to popular belief, leopard geckos don't come from the desert.
Their natural environment is not sand but rather hard packed dirt.
Sand can irritate your gecko's skin and cause respiratory or digestive problems if inhaled or accidentally eaten.
Reptile carpet is easy on your gecko's skin and will not cause any health problems like sand does.
I use "Terrarium Liner" by Zilla. You can get it at most pet stores and it comes pre-cut to fit your tank.
Also, it's easier to clean; you can pull it out and wash it in a sink, bathtub or washing machine.

Leopard geckos tend to always go to the bathroom in one spot, so here's a tip for you:
Wait for your gecko to go to the bathroom a couple of times to figure out his or her spot.
Place a napkin or paper towel in that spot.
Now you can just take out and throw away the paper whenever he goes!
Your gecko is potty trained!
(That method only works with reptile carpet)

Anyway, I hope this helped.
If you have any gecko related questions at all, I can definitely help!
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syclopskittenStudent Filmographer
kk thanks... Its wierd because I was told the total opposite of that.
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VoadorChamaHobbyist Traditional Artist
There's a lot of contradictory advice. In my experience, I've found that either reptile carpet or newspaper work the best. Newspaper is especially easy to clean and acquire. If you got your geckos from a pet store, then yeah, they would give you wrong advice. I bought a Savannah monitor from a pet store and they told me the complete opposite of what I was supposed to do. Sadly, pet stores are for the most part uninformed on reptiles.
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syclopskittenStudent Filmographer
oh ok thanks! That helps alot
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VoadorChamaHobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
veekahr's avatar
veekahrHobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god, this picture makes me want to cry. He's so lucky to have you.
Zsy's avatar
He's doing wonderful now : )
SlappyJay's avatar
Poor little guy D:
Zsy's avatar
Yeah, but he's doing great now!
SlappyJay's avatar
Did you figure out a name?
Zsy's avatar
Yep, he is now Sheldon
leopardgeckko's avatar
aw its so cute, so sad about its tail thoe :) but at least they grow back checkout my siggy if you need a new place to share your geckos
Zsy's avatar
Yeah, and it only takes about a month for the tail to fully regrow.
Oskarmandude's avatar
Awww cutie cutie cutie
Zsy's avatar
Thanks, he is pretty cute.
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