Originally Posted by rmarkham
I don't really "pet" them as much as hold them and let them crawl on me. The only one that puts up a fight is littlefoot. Mr. Red will crawl onto your hand if you hold it out, he also chirps from time to time. (mating call) I found Charmander on craigslist! The guy that got him had bought a pair at a show in CA and didn't think that he would turn up male, so his breeding plans weren't going to work out.
I rarely feed crickets because only 3 of my geckos really like them, one is terrified of them and the others don't care at all. The main staple of their diet is Repashy, and they have been thriving.
I agree about the temperature requirements.. I'd feel worried leaving a heat lamp on when I wasn't there.
lucky find with the gargoyle. im not so worried about a heat lamp but i cant stand having my unit remain at 28 celsius 24/7. i spent half a summer like that before and it wasnt really fun. i do prefer 23-26 celsius as room temp. i only pet mine because he lets me, i let him handclimb most of the time though he does need a minute or 2 to heat up when siting on my hand.
you're so lucky that you dont need crickets much. i want my gecko to grow well including crickets but crickets are annoying when full grown. i do hope that mine does tire of eating crickets.
i got my gecko from a breeder, the exoterra with wood stump and 6 inch heat lamp from CL or kijiji for $80 or $100. think a leopard gecko was the previous occupant ie black sand. i saw many such size exoterras for $100 or a bit more and no extra items with the deal. im just glad that decent exoterras can be found second hand online as buying new at a store will kill the wallet in most cases. id love to have more geckoes but the terrariums can cost money though mostly take up a good amount of space.
my biggest temperature worry is the AC breaking. without AC the temps are near perfect for a gargoyle but dangerous for a crested gecko. i think it hit 30 celsius a few time when i didnt leave the AC on during summer. (before even buying a gecko).