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    buying gecko for (first time)

    OK so I went to the pet shop and fell absolutely inlove with this gorgious leopard gecko. I went to see Xman and I think the bf was getting pretty anoyed with all my loving thoughts over it! I just wanted to run out of the movie and buy it right away! Unfortunately by the time I feel I have the information I need someone would probably have bought him/her=( They had no idea how old either of them were (their were 2) and they guessed they were about a year but they got along...Not sure if there 2 females and if so I'd feel sad if I didn't get both because they were all cuddly (but geckos like living alone...right?) Anyway I have been reading care sheets for a couple weeks now and I am just wondering when you guys got your first gecko was there anything you wish you did differently and what was it? And from what I know they need low humidity (10%?!)...geckos are easily available here even in the place I went that only had a hand full of reptiles period had a couple. But, newfoundland does not have a arid invironment, it's surrounded by ocean and the place is quite damp (and foggy). The place reeks of moisture (Thank God I nearly die whenever I go past ottawa and end up having a suitcase full of water and moisturizer lol). If joe's tank was empty the humidity would probably be at about 40-50. Is this way to much for him? How do you decrease the humidity? Anyway yeah I'm not going to run off and buy it (please help me not run off and buy it...please...seriously..).
    Why do you guy's like your geckos? Do you find they have a lot of personality? Are they very active? The little critter that I had up was so completely gorgious and was just looking around and running around my hand and omg it was better then...I don't know what but it was so sweet! My bf didn't seem to impressed but said that his dad might not hate that as much as my snake but he was defineitly not in love






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    No, not that low, they're not desert animals. Some people advise higher values than the ones here, between 40 and 50% but I would say that a low to moderate value will be fine, like 30 - 40%. Btw, there's a very interesting article about Leopard Geckos and their natural habitat in Reptilia #45.

    As for living alone, all reptiles are lonely creatures. A lot of people maintain Leopard Geckos in groups (either female only or MFF breeding trios) without a problem. I for one wouldn't keep a group of a species I'm not familiar with.

    I have a female that is very sociable and sweet. She seeks attention and "begs" to be held. On the opposite side, a few weeks ago another HC member sold/give his/her leo because it was a feisty beast =)
    Leopard Geckos are usually very sociable and tame. From my very short experience keeping them, I would say that if you have to choose only one gecko to own, then it must be a leo.

    One last thing, and I'm probably preaching to the wrong crowd =) but don't buy an animal on impulse. When that "wow" feeling is over, your pet will still need to be fed and taken cared of.
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    I've been looking at care sheets and these forums and other lizard leopard gecko forums for a couple of weeks now and if I was going to buy it on impulse I would have went last night=P But I knew I needed to check with the humidity because if I buy one and it's unhappy that's one more gecko that's going to stay in newfoundland and one more gecko will be bought for their pet store again to let someone else to have a unhappy gecko. I don't have the set up or anything yet, I need to buy a stand for it and everything so chances are by the time I get everything the geckos will be gone lol. I'll just wait for another. Another thing just to make sure, they're nocturnal right? But it seems from what I've been looking at some end up suffering from bone dieseases and they require high calcium? If I got a uvb and a calcium sup should he be fine? Gecko's are the ones that have a little place for calcium dust in their tank right? What do they do with it? I found a cute little dish for it...Are some of them evil and just make a mess of the stuff?=P You should have seen this one it was absolutely addorable (and didn't have a calcium dish) and I kept on pointing out how addorable it was and all my bf could say is..."It's a lizzard". It's a year old so will I have a harder time taming it? It doesn't seem like it's interested in biting and didn't shake it's tail or anything but it was quite interested in escaping.

    The care sheet on this site says:
    "Leopard geckos come from dry arid regions of the world. Their captive enclosures need to be a replica of this type of environment. An excessive amount of moisture can lead to health and behavioral problems. Their habitat should be maintained below 10% humidity."
    what's "Reptilia #45."? And where do i go to read it?

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    If you are really serious about it and you liked the one in the store more than the rest, just ask the manager to save it for you until you have everything set.

    Yes, they're nocturnal.
    Beside dusting their food with calcium + vitamins, they need unrestricted access to pure calcium. See the calcium section of the caresheet here.

    Leopard geckos, just like many other nocturnal geckos don't require UVB lighting but that doesn't mean that they won't benefit from it if provided.

    If the leo you saw wasn't feisty, then you won't need to tame it.
    If you buy it, prepare to take a crash course in handling them. Leopard Geckos will walk off your hand into the nothing.

    Btw, I would advise you to buy one from a breeder and not from a store unless they look really really healthy. Most stores keep them in poor conditions for a long time and by the time you get them, they might be suffering from a series of problems.
    Take a look at this thread and the enclosed photo. Can you believe that in one year time of regular shop visits (at least twice a month) I only saw Leopard Geckos that good and healthy two times?

    Reptilia is a magazine. I don't know if you have access to it in your part of Canada but check their website

    As for the humidity, I think the caresheet values are a bit exaggerated.
    Values bellow 10% are desert like values. I know that there are many types of deserts (Antarctica is a desert for example) but their natural habitat doesn't classify as one.

    Then there's another important element. Leopard Geckos are burrow creatures. They spend the day in burrows, come out by sun down and return at sun rise.
    Not only their activity period is the one with higher humidity but they also rest in a place where the humidity can be twice as much as the one recorded outside.
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    Thanks so much guys for the posts. I can't find ANY reptile breeder in town not even snakes and I don't know where to look and I've looked on many sites with canada posting and can't find anything with Newfoundland breeders. I would like to get one from a breeder. If you look up "newfoundland" and "breeder" and lizards or reptiles or anything all I get is stuff about lizards and newfoundland dogs so it's kind of a hard search. I went through pages and pages and if anyone knows of a site that would be GREATLY appreciated. And I like this specific gecko in the pet store. He/she looks healthy but I haven't exactly given it a good run down considering I was all excited that I was holding this addorable beauty and it was all excited and I was all excited. One thing I was concerned about though is it opened its mouth at one point. Just briefly and I'm use to snakes and they never ever open their mouth unless they're eating so I was wondering if it's a concern with geckos. And I am quite aware that they would run off into the nothing because thats exactly what this guy tried to do. What should I look for in a healthy gecko? Also I have no idea how long they've had them and neither of them had a supply of calcium...
    Oh my...look at what this forum has done to me...I'm going to buy another reptile when I'm always on peoples cases about whenever they say oh I only want ONE tattoo and now have 2 or 20 and I only want ONE snake and they end up with like 12...

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    Wish list: Blue Tongue Skinks and Uruplatus =)

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    Isn't there a member here from newfoundland thats a breeder isn't it Dee i might be wrong.EDIT:ok it is dee here is her webiste http://www.saltwaterreptiles.com/
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    thanks

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    I would never use a UV or any other bright light on a nocturnal reptiles tank
    Leopard Geckos live long healthy lives with just ambient room lighting amd albinos and red eyed morphs can be extremely stressed by bright lighting
    just my 2 cents
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    Thanks...There's no light on him now aside from the moonlight bulbs which I leave on all the time. I also have the under tank heater...I'm getting a walmart desk lamp just to clip on and turn on during the day for a little bit extra heat and a little bit of light because it's pretty dark in there regardless.

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