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    Socializing a Previously Abused Adult

    Well, first I should say that I AM new here. I currently have an adult female leopard gecko in a 55 gallon tank(the abused one) and an about 3-5 week old juvenile in a 25 gallon long. I got the adult from a rescue who had not socialized her. She had been abused, I do not know how, but she's terrified of humans, and I feel bad when I have to mist or scoop poo when she's in there. She will snap and scream when you get near her, so I can't get her out for cleaning. I've tried looking into the cage and putting my hand in for 10 minutes a day. She's worse.


    Also, if there's any tips on socialising the baby, tell. I'm pretty good on it, but if there are any secrets to socializing faster, then tell.


    And also, I know that Leopard Geckos can not be socialized to the point of domestication. I don't need anyone else to tell me that, and I'm not being rude. I've just been informed many times and am hoping this will be the website where people actually want to help. I've tried a few sites, and this one seems to be quite helpful compared to the others.

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    Re: Socializing a Previously Abused Adult

    How long have you had the rescue? Sounds like she is going to need a little bit of just getting used to being in a new home (getting used the the sounds, your presence, etc) before you attempt to hold her at all.
    There really isn't a magical way to make it go fast, each gecko is going to be different. You need to be persistent and not give up, but be calm and patient. Do what you are doing and start with just having your hand in there. See if the gecko will eventually go up to you. And always make sure you are handling so the gecko won't be able to fall and / or jump and hurt itself.

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    Re: Socializing a Previously Abused Adult

    Well you need to show you are not a threat.Some Leopard Geckos just don't want be handled.There are some who will be your best friend and if she was abused it's goin to be hard but as Orca said be patient and calm.Also I'm assuming you have had her for more then a week but it usually takes them some time to settle into new surroundings.Also just make slow movements when working in her cage.Fast movements can frighten them.Don't try to pick her up,let her come to you.I worked with my albino for about three months before she would not run back into her cave.

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    Re: Socializing a Previously Abused Adult

    Huge tank! Plenty of room for hides, so make sure you have a few- moist hide too right? If you already know all of this, and are providing it, then please excuse the repetition. I would cover all of the glass with paper or aquarium background, aside from a smallish window to "check in." In such an extreme case I would offer as much cover, for her, as possible. My geckos come out of their hides when I talk to them- talk often, especially when you are feeding. Handle the feeder insects, and whatever you put the food in, so they smell a bit like you too. I am not sure why you think you "have to mist" the enclosure? Good luck and kudos to you for providing for this poor animal!Leopard Gecko Caresheet Page
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    Re: Socializing a Previously Abused Adult

    Welcome to HC Pepper.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pepper97 View Post
    Also, if there's any tips on socialising the baby, tell. I'm pretty good on it, but if there are any secrets to socializing faster, then tell.
    The only secret ingredient is LOVE. Make the decision to love this baby unconditionally and you will see that everything else just comes naturally. Patience and persistence take on a complete new meaning when a commitment with the heart is made.

    Being abused means that she is very alert and her senses are in overdrive.

    Against what everybody else believe, I believe that all animals can feel the aura that surrounds you. If you fill your heart with unconditional love for them, or this baby, she will feel it and she will react to it - slowly but surely. It will be in your eyes, in your body language and in your voice and she will feel it.
    Quality of life is just as important as good health.
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    Re: Socializing a Previously Abused Adult

    Linky, reptiles don't feel love. They just don't. By YOU loving them, you are giving them proper care, which makes them feel secure. But they are not loving creatures by nature.
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    Re: Socializing a Previously Abused Adult

    I am really beginning to like the new care guide we have on leopard geckos. lol I am simply linking to sections within it now.

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    Re: Socializing a Previously Abused Adult

    I'm with Linky. I think animals can feel the energy around people and will respond to it. I also believe that they all feel love in their own way even if people don't understand it.

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    Re: Socializing a Previously Abused Adult

    Quote Originally Posted by schlegelbagel View Post
    Linky, reptiles don't feel love. They just don't. By YOU loving them, you are giving them proper care, which makes them feel secure. But they are not loving creatures by nature.
    Well, I think that is a very old fashioned believe, there are no evidence that proof that animals do not feel. That statement has been passed down by humans from generation to generation and I just do not follow in others footsteps.

    I rather believe and be laughed at - but loose nothing - than be in your world with no connection to animals.
    Quality of life is just as important as good health.
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    Re: Socializing a Previously Abused Adult

    I never said animals. I'm referring specifically to herps. None of my frogs "love" me. They are just kinda there. I bring food, they live, it's a good relationship we have.
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