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    Question My Leopard Gecko Bites

    I got a leopard gecko from a friend of mine (she could no longer take care of him), he's almost 4 years old. Though I've had him for just over a year, he still hasn't warmed up to me. I have tried to pick him up and pet his head on a regular basis, but lately when I have tried he turns his head really quick and bites my hand. It doesn't hurt, but it startles me. He has bitten me 6 times, and I am ready to call it quits with even trying to pet his head. Is there anything I can do???






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    Re: My Leopard Gecko Bites

    Yea, stop trying to pet his head.
    You need to begin from the start at trying to tame him.
    Get him feeding from tongs, then try hand feeding to get him used to your hand.
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    Re: My Leopard Gecko Bites

    kriminaal is exactly right, but this is the first time I've ever heard of an aggressive Leo!

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    Re: My Leopard Gecko Bites

    If it hasn't been handled and socialized, it is still afraid of you.
    And most lizards dont care much for having their head petted!
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    Re: My Leopard Gecko Bites

    Sounds like this Leo has gone a long time not handled. It could be very hard to break the habit. The tongs would be a good start. But don't be surprised if your Leo just will not allow you to hold him/her. It has to start at a young age...but it could happen that he stops biting.

    I have a Crested Gecko that is exactly the same way, and I held him. So it can happen! And most all Crested Geckos do not bite!
    Even creepy crawlers need love!

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    Re: My Leopard Gecko Bites

    I have had cresteds before and they were all good. I had Leopard Geckos before, and none of them would bite...my old ones would fall asleep in my hand. This one had a hard life with a very high strung child...I don't know what it was like fully before I got him. My leo (Frank) doesn't like being looked at usually. He will rush the glass at my cat (he sits on chair and looks at the tank..) Frank bites my hand when i try to touch him, he attacks the water bottle when I go to put water in his dish. I am lucky that I can take his water dish out to wash it without him trying to attack my hand. I have had him for just over 2 years, I could touch him a little when I first got him (his name was Spazz...but we changed it to Frank...not that it really matters...) I don't have a pair of tongs...do they sell them at the "regular" pet stores like petcetera, and petsmart????

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    Re: My Leopard Gecko Bites

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
    If it hasn't been handled and socialized, it is still afraid of you.
    And most lizards dont care much for having their head petted!
    never mind it being afraid of me....i am starting to be afraid of it....not like it hurts when he bites...but it startles me all the same....

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    Re: My Leopard Gecko Bites

    You can pick up feeding tongs at any petsmart for sure. The fact your leo used to have to deal with a small (and very likely grabby) child explains a lot of his behaviour. They have a good memory for bad handling experiences, so if he was subjected to rough handling for prolonged periods before you took him he may never get over his hardwired fear of people.

    You can try easing him in to trusting you by putting your hand flat down on the bottom of his tank and just letting him investigate it.

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