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More About The Geckos

Gecko eggs

Gecko eggs

Can you even imagine going to feed the geckos, and finding two eggs at the bottom of the terrarium?  That’s exactly what happened!  Who knew the Little Gecko Without a Tail would be so amorous.

Crunch The Little Gecko without a tail

Crunch The Little Gecko without a tail

The entire idea of getting him in the first place was that know one would love him, and he needed a forever home. (My granddaughter Sage wrote an entire page about why she should get him)  Well,   apparently when my daughter Tracy, and Sage were at LLL Reptile,  they gave Crunch to them if they bought another gecko.  So of course, they came home with two, and everything they needed to make a beautiful home for them.  Sage loves them, and they really are interesting to study.

Megan the momma Gecko

Megan the momma Gecko

Meanwhile, Crunch, the little gecko without a tail, and Megan made a home for themselves, and I guess someone loves Crunch as much as Sage does.

This is a HUGE learning opportunity, and a great school project!

The eggs were marked on top so they didn’t get moved, and put in an incubator to keep them warm.  Incubation time is something like four months, so maybe the eggs  have been there two of those months.  Every once in a while Tracy candles them, and the last time the whole family saw the tiny gecko move.  At this point the head, arms, and legs are visible,  and still developing.  Since we had all kinds of creatures while my kids were growing up, I think this is exciting, and a great summer project to learn from.

Meanwhile…..the terrarium is just the right temperature, the geckos are feed just the right amount of food, and they get sprayed with a fine mist of water twice a day.  I wonder how many more eggs with appear out of nowhere?

The Zoo Continues To Grow!

Megan or "Meg" as she will be called

Megan or “Meg” as she will be called

The evening Sage brought her new pal home she Face Timed me to show me her gecko…….   I sat there stunned as she showed me this enormous terrarium that had been set up in her bedroom, along with not just “Crush, the gecko without a tail” but, a  friend of Crush’s.   Yep, you guessed it.  The man at the reptile store offered them a discount for buying two, so being the thrifty shopper that my daughter is (never resisting a deal), and the fabulous little researcher Sage is,  they bought two geckos. The poor little gecko without a tail needs a friend don’t you think?  That’s what Sage said!

Well,  I can tell you that Sage’s parents are pushovers!


The Gecko Without A Tail!

Sage holding Ellsa the albino python.

Sage holding Ellsa the albino python.

While shopping for crickets at a local reptile store near home, my granddaughter Sage wanted to hold some of the animals.  At first her mother said she couldn’t hold the albino python who just happened to be huge!  Next she asked to see a turtle, and her mother told her she would have to ask the man behind the counter.    So Sage walked up to the counter, and asked him if she could hold the Albino Python….Of course she did!  His reply was “sure, why not!”

Sage hasn’t any fear of snakes, and always wants to hold them when she goes into a reptile store.  Usually she asks to hold something like a Green Tree Python, and fortunately they don’t let her.  Her uncles had snakes, spiders, frogs, & anything else boys love growing up.  Our home was most definitely a Zoo in the most vivid sense.  One of her uncles had snakes up to just recently, so Sage had a good taste of big snakes early on.

Green Tree Python...... Not great pets especially for an 8 year old!

Green Tree Python……
Not great pets especially for an 8 year old!

On this day, after holding many animals, Sage finally asked  to hold an Orange Crested Gecko.  This particular gecko was  without a tail for some reason, and to make matters worse….this species of gecko doesn’t grow their tails back once they lose them.  So he will always be… just a gecko without a tail!  All Sage needed to do was hold this tailless gecko, and her little heart melted.  She wanted this little guy in the worst way, and why…..She said he won’t have anyone to love him without a tail.   Mom said she would have to ask her Dad, and told her that it was too close to Christmas to get something like that.

In the several hours before her daddy got home from work, Sage had gone online and researched this particular gecko.  Her list was lengthy, and she did her homework so when her daddy got home she was ready to fight for the little gecko without a tail.

Dad got home, ate dinner, and set down in his chair to relax……and Sage made her move!

“Daddy can I ask you something?”  He looked up at her and nodded while all the time her mother was watching to see how she was going to do this.  “Today mommy, and I went to get crickets at LLL Reptile, and while we were there I got to hold an Orange Crested Gecko.  He didn’t have a tail, and he needs someone to love him.  So I made this list of all the reasons you should let me have him.

  • They only get about 8″ long.
  • They eat crickets, and baby food mixed with food from the reptile store.
  • They are friendly.
  • We can bread him and make money.
  • They jump.
  • He’s a good buy because he will live another 10-15 years, and I’ll be at least 28 then.

What’s a poor dad going to do, I think he was so amazed at all the research Sage did,  withoutthinking….he said, “sure you can have him!”    Now it’s mom’s turn to be amazed!

Crush the little gecko without a tail

Crush the little gecko without a tail

That’s how the family grows to be a Zoo……