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Post by Maverick60 on Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:05 pm

I found this little guy in a pile of rubble after we knocked down a building at work. I had no idea what he was, but I put him in a gatorade bottle and brought him home. Google and a few people at the pet store have me thinking he is a leo. Yes, no, maybe? The reptile lady that sounded the most informed at the store said she thought so, but wasn't sure.

He had his tail when I first caught him, but trying to situate him in the enclosure I bought for him, he gave it to me, flopping... Not cool.

Let me know what you think of him. I'm excited to find out more about him and figure out how to make him happy


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Post by Kermit on Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:15 am

That actually looks like a Mediterranean Gecko - Hemidactylus turcicus. They can range from shades of brown thru yellows with that type of campflage pattern on their back with the pronounced tubercles (the bumps on his sides/back). I have one... she's roaming somewhere around my house on bug patrol Smile the feet and the eyes are a bit of a give-away for me.

The type of set up you should have should be like a woodland forest floor type set up. they'll eat pinhead crickets and are aborial so like a lot of branches in their viv and are very shy so lots of bark hides would be natural for this lil one esp. being wild caught you want as natural a viv as you can muster tomake the transition into captivity easier.





and a link to my post about my med gecko. Mine was just a juvie in those pix, she looked way different when she made her great escape.
http://www.leopardgeckoforum.com/t692-my-mediterranean-gecko

and another thread with some caresheets for med geckos.
http://www.leopardgeckoforum.com/t2041-mediterranean-gecko-care

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Post by Maverick60 on Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:20 am

That's exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for all of that information! I asked about him being a med, because size wise, this would have to be a very young leo The size fits a med much better. The only thing that made us think it was not a Mediterranean was that she told me the tail was too thick or something. But I have no idea if that is the case. The only picture I have of the tail is a detached version. But you can see the thickness of his stub.

It's a slight disappointment in a way. I had never known the world of Leopard Geckos before, and after reading a few hours worth of information on them, I think I want one now. Smile While my Mediterranean is cute and neat, he is not a fan of being handled, and it sounds like he may never be. He has bit me several time, and he hisses anytime I open the viv. So I haven't let my 6 year old daughter touch him yet.


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Post by Smiley on Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:45 am

Thats a really cool looking gecko lol where about are you from?
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Post by gothicgurrrl on Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:50 am

wow Smile he's beautiful! Such a lovely colour!

I soo wish we could find lizards around in the UK. We have one native lizard, but they are very rare and only live down at the south end of the country... which is very far away from me Sad

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Post by Maverick60 on Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:50 pm

Thank you. He is very neat looking, I had never come across anything that looked like him around here before.. I live in central California, just outside of Modesto. Usually just get blue belly lizards.

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Post by Maverick60 on Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:54 pm

gothicgurrrl wrote:wow Smile he's beautiful! Such a lovely colour!

I soo wish we could find lizards around in the UK.

Move to California. Wait until the economy is better though! Ha.

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