Introducing Odafin “Fin” C. Gecko

March 25, 2009

A couple months ago, Scott decided that it would be cool for Elijah to have a lizard. So I started researching what kind of lizard to get. We’ve had Anoles before, but didn’t have much luck with them. They’re sold as “beginner” lizards and are SO NOT for beginners! A bunch of members at the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society own Crested Geckos – or Cresties, as they’re so fondly referred to – and I’ve been drawn to them since seeing the first few photos. They’re good beginner lizards, very hardy, and even handleable. Fin showed me just how far he can jump when I picked him up from his previous owner last night. They practically fly when they want to.
Unlike most other lizards and geckos, Cresties don’t *have* to have live food. They eat a nutritionally balanced ready to mix powder, known as Crested Gecko Diet, or CGD. Fin does get crickets though, as a treat and “fun to hunt” activity.
I got him home last night and put him in his newly planted vivarium, and he seems to be quite happy. He checked things out and I got some photos of him. He’s really pretty cute. His morph is considered Harlequin with Dalmation spots. He got pretty fired up last night, so his markings deepened. He’s going to be a gorgeous boy!
This morning I checked on him and tossed a couple crickets in his viv. I really want him to be hand tame, so part of our daily activity is going to be hand feeding. He actually took some CGD off my finger!
Here’s Fin!

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