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Please help this gecko!

Discussion in 'Geckos - Other' started by robyn, Jun 1, 2005.

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  1. robyn

    robyn Member

    My friend gave me two lizards to care for, they are in possibly the worst living conditions. I was told by her that I had in my possession a rainbow amieva (he's fine, absolutely perfect) and a leopard gecko. Searching care sheets on the net, I have discovered leopard geckos don't stick to things, and this one does. She needs an identity. She is not marble, leopard, tokay (although she may be, she's vicious), or skunk (as has been told to me). It's driving me crazy! I know exactly what I need to care for her, but I'd like to know breed-specific and it's hard when I don't know the breed!
    Here's the best pic I have of her. I will take more if more are needed, but she's hard to get (so fast).

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v107/fateamber/Geckos/newgecko.jpg
     
  2. Ssativa

    Ssativa Subscribed User Premium Member

    Was it wild caught by your friend? If so where does your friend live? How big is it?
     
  3. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Robyn..That looks like a white spotted gecko. Looks like their diets consist of crickets, mealworms, waxworms, silkworms etc. They can reach 6 inches. They can live in a 15-20 gallon houses one or possibly a pair. Height is better than width is better for housing. Let you know if i can find any thing else.
     
  4. deltro_star

    deltro_star Elite Member

    Good call Marsha, Im almost positive that its a white spotted gecko (Tarantela annularis) as well, they are an agressive species (but I see you know that already) ;) and arent really for handling also be warned that this species is VERY quick on the ground so be careful when cleaning and feeding

    Heres a pic of one Id have to say it's definetley a WSG :cool:
     

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  5. venus

    venus Founding Member

    They have 4 spots on the back of their neck/shoulders that makes a square. Hope that helps.
     
  6. robyn

    robyn Member

  7. venus

    venus Founding Member

    lol..Its ok Robyn, not a problem, just going to make me do my research. Your not stupid, it happens. It will be identified. lol.
     
  8. robyn

    robyn Member

    lol, I love you Marsha. I'm such a ****. That was a link from another forum on this site that I had looked at to see if it resembled Spunk (gecko in question) and forgot to recopy MY pic. Just a brainfart.
     
  9. deltro_star

    deltro_star Elite Member

    NP robyn brainfart is my middlename! :D Ill see what i can find...
     
  10. robyn

    robyn Member

    On a related note, the sand that is in the tank for substrate is alright, I take it? He LOVES to dig, but I'd like to get actual <i>clean</i> sand for him. How do you clean sand?? And I mean that for the amieva, not the gecko. :confused:
     
  11. deltro_star

    deltro_star Elite Member

    Robyn it would be a big help in identifying this guy if we knew if he was wild caught and if so, from where? Ive got a few candiddates but dont know for sure yet.
     
  12. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Robyn..can you get a full pic of him..Like head to tail..lol This is going to drive me crazy.
     
  13. Bitis Gabonica

    Bitis Gabonica Elite Member

    I can't help you with the identity i'm afraid, but are they being housed together? - mixing species is generally not a good idea, although occasionally it can work. Usually diff. species will require diff. housing, feeding, etc,. so once you can accurately identify the other lizard they might need diff. things.

    I hope you find out what this lizard is, and I hope they do well for you. Good luck and well done for taking them in and trying your best for them.
     
  14. robyn

    robyn Member

    She's light brown with lighter spots in about three lines down her back and tail. White belly. Approximatly 8 inches long with dark greeny-gold eyes. No spikes on her skin, but it has it's wrinkly folds around her arms and belly. Pet store bought. (I've never seen a gecko in Canada, although I know they exist here). As before, she's mean and nasty and has been mistaken for a tokay. But definitely a female, there's no pronounced bump at the base of the tail (this is what I've read).
    They're being housed together, yes. Bad idea, but the owners don't know anything about these lizards, trust me. I separated them, but kept the gecko in sight of the amieva and the amieva tried to dig over and kept looking at her. The were both really distressed by it. I have a pic of her sticking to the tank wall, but it's terrible. I hope it helps anyway. I have spent literally hours a day and have been all over forums to try and identify her.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/marshmallowcadet/IMG_20321.jpg
    My camera batteries are in the charger, so check back for more pics this afternoon. I'll try my best to get good shots.
     
  15. Rich

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  16. robyn

    robyn Member

    Rich, that looks like her in colour, but the toes are wrong (I looked at the other pics). Those lizards have very splayed out toes and Spunk's quite normal in that area. I just took some more pics of her, maybe they'll help. I know the first and last ones are bad, but hte two middle ones should give you a fantastic idea of her colouring. I had the tank by a window.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/marshmallowcadet/c2e207ce.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/marshmallowcadet/b5527bac.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/marshmallowcadet/a6bdbebe.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v638/marshmallowcadet/44bfb6f2.jpg
    I think she's beautiful.
     
  17. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    She's a golden gecko "aka yellow gecko" (Gekko ulikovskii). I've seen them in pet stores many times and had one once. I'm 99% sure that's a golden. I've seen many with broken paterns like that, they're a fairly common gecko, though not compared to leos or cresties. Very closely related to skunk geckos, and aside from the color, they're nearly identical. They come in many shades of gold, from a nearly grey one, to bright yellow, and can be unpatterned, striped, or blotchy like yours. Here's some other pics of goldies:

    http://mypeoplepc.com/members/gpowersjr/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/golden2.jpg

    http://members.shaw.ca/Critters/guyspics1/Nugget_July_11_01_01.jpg

    http://coldbloodedpets.com/animals/golden.jpg

    http://www.reptilecity.com/albums/album51/Resize_of_DSCN9972.jpg

    http://pet-central.net/data/thumbnails/golden_gecko.jpg

    http://www.whitiespets.com/htm_caresheets/images/gecko_tokay-golden-marb3.jpg

    If its not a golden then it would have to be some less common gecko closely related to one.
     
  18. robyn

    robyn Member

    I'm going to agree with golden, just because those pictures really look like her. She's so malnourished, though, that I'm sure it's affecting her colour.
     
  19. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    I'd set up a seperate habitat for your goldie though. They're a tropical species, preferring a warm, humid, heavily planted enclosure, similar to that of anoles, but with no UVB required. They've also been known to accept fruit and baby food as part of their diet, like cresties. Insects should always remain the bulk of the diet though.

    Kudos to Deltro and Marsha for IDing the first pic though, even if it was the wrong gecko, lol. That's a white-spotted wall gecko, no doubt. I've got one back home named Libiya.
     
  20. robyn

    robyn Member

    I've just gotten wind from someone that she is most likely a sandstone gecko, commonly sold under the name golden gecko in stores. The picture posted looked identical to her, but I can't find sandstone gecko on the net. I appreciate the patience from everyone. As long at they're closely related and have the same needs, I'm ready not to care at this point. The original owner is going to go buy her a bunch of stuff soon. The porrthings don't even have feeding dishes! And I don't think they're drinking water.
     
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