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RE: Crested Gecko Interacion

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Posted by: warnersister at Wed Feb 20 18:03:49 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by warnersister ]  
   

>>Once he does he will sometimes just stit there watching me while the rest of the time he will spend trying to jump away.

pretty normal behavior

>>How interactive will they become with handling? Do they enjoy interaction at all? Can they be pet or will this just stress them out? I want to love and hug and cuddle our baby cuz he is soooo cute but at the same time I don't want to stress him out. Where is the line drawn between giving him good attention and giving him too much attention?

i don't think "enjoy" is the right word. "tolerate" is more accurate, and some geckos have a higher level of tolerance than others. reptiles aren't "interactive" like a dog or bird would be, in that we humans get more enjoyment out of handling them than the reptile does. crested geckos do not NEED physical affection from us. that being said, and given the individual differences in the species, it is possible to have a gecko which tolerates short periods of daily handling (hand walking and perhaps even gentle petting) with little to no fight or flight behavior. however, they will never enjoy being "hugged" or "cuddled."

just gauge your gecko's reaction and use it as a guideline. i had a female who would always shake her tail as if about to drop it whenever i chased her around the cage to get her out. it would make me nervous so i would take a break and then try again in a minute, but i think it was more of a warning because she never did actually drop her tail.
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