I found out that a pet store located 300 kms away from me, is carrying crested and gargoyle geckos.
If they are still available, I have the chance to buy one or both species and I need a few tips to help me evaluate their health and general status: what should I look for, signs of health, signs of disease, etc.
I have never seen any of them "face to face" so please take that into consideration.
Before you think I went crazy, let me explain why.
Crested geckos are a rarity here. No store has them and most stores don't even know them. I have never seen anyone on our local herp forums stating that they have one. Gargoyles are several times worse than cresteds.
In the last month I found out that the nearest store that has some every now and then, is 800km away, so I would need a 1600km drive just to get one.
I've sent emails to breeders/stores everywhere "nearby" (Spain, France, UK, Netherlands, Germany) and my best chance to get any is the Hamm Reptile Expo in September but that means a 5000kms drive =)
Fying animals in is a nightmare because of customs, paperwork, red tape, etc.
So as you can see, I'm quite excited about the possibility of just traveling 600km =)