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01-13-2012, 12:01 PM
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I have a juvi White lined/skunk gecko named Sticky Dude. I have had him for about 2 months and he is doing great! He eats well, has bright colours, has shed twice, and has lots of energy!
I need some help with taming. He likes being pet on his back and tail, butshys when I put my hand in the tank to feed him, and doesn't like bein gheld very much. I handle him about once a week.

He has coconut fiber substrate, a food and water dish, a climbing vine, a rainforest background, fake plants, 2 heat lamps for day and night, a hollow upright tree, is misted 2-3 times daily, and is fed crickets and meal worms that are dusted with calciume once week

Am I giving him the care that he needs? Anything I am missing? And can I PLEASE have some taming tips?

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01-15-2012, 12:37 AM
Hi, Hope you and you white~lined gecko are doing good. From what I know, you seem to be doing a good job with him thus far. I kept a white~lined gecko years ago and found them to be a very shy and secretive gecko species. I had a 29 gallon high aquarium that I had with a coconut fiber background and a few potted plants, heat lights and the light that came with the aquarium. Granted this was years and years ago. I think you should feel lucky to have one doing so well and even tolerating some touching. I don't know what other folks in the community are going to say, but I would imagine this is a look, enjoy, and handle as little as possible species. However, someone far more knowledgable might have more constructive words of wisdom. I would recommend looking up in the species specific forums on here for more information on your species. Good luck and enjoy.

01-17-2012, 09:37 AM
Just Try to pet him once or twice a day! I just got a new one about a month ago and I did this and now I can hold him a little bit! I hope this helps you! ;-)

01-17-2012, 09:47 AM
In your question it says you mist 2-3 times a day! You should only mist them when they are molting! If he is molting and is having troubles you may need to mist were it is not coming off and with tweezers GENTLY pull off the extra skin. If you mist at any other time he may catch a cold. This happens because they are dessert animals and it does not rain! I hope this solves your problem. FYI I may be wrong because I have only studied Leopard and Fat-Tailed Geckos! :biggrin:

01-17-2012, 11:45 AM
Ok, so, in the interest of finding quality information for you here is a basic care sheet for your gecko species. Also, just so that everyone is aware.... this is NOT a desert species. It comes from a region of monsoonal weather patterns with periods of heavy intense rainfall.

White-Line Gecko-Gekko vittatus
Origin-Indo-Australian Archipelago
Life Span-
Hardiness-Hardy as long as basic needs are met
Housing-At least a 10gal for one gecko, though a 20gal would be suitable for two or three. Use a screen lid for this species can and will climb glass constantly. Never cage males together because they will fight. I use a sand/soil/peat mixture for substrate in my enclosure; yet others prefer a newspaper or an astroturf bottom. This an arboreal species therefore climbing branches and cork bark should be placed inside the cage. Also provide a hide spot for each occupant, that's big enough for them to stretch out, including a hide box half filled with moistened vermiculite or spragnum moss to help facilitate with shedding. These will keep them from being as stressed. Finally a water dish and maybe some pothos should be added to help keep up humidity in the cage.
Enclosure maintenance-Papers should be changed every couple weeks, removing fecal matter when needed. Soil substrates can be changed every couple months, removing fecal (poop) matter when necessary. All cage items should be cleaned with a dilution of 1part bleach to 30parts every few months making sure to thoroughly rinse. Water should be changed daily. Check all electrical devices as often as possible to help prevent fire hazards.
Lighting-This is a nocturnal (on the move at night time) species requiring no UVA/UVB lighting, but it can't hurt. I use fluorescent and a basking or incandescent bulb suspended above one end of the enclosure. Never let the lizard touch the bulb itself, for this can cause severe burns. The lights should be left on 12-14hrs a day throughout the summer months and 9-10 hrs a day in the winter. I recommend keeping all lighting on a timer, it saves the hassle of manually turning on and off the lights every day.
Heat/Temp-The daytime temp should be In the mid 80's.The nighttime temp should be between 75-80F. Temps should be slightly cooler in the wintertime. Always allow a cooler end to help with thermo-regulation. A reptiles surroundings determine it's body temp, so they move from end to end as needed. Heating options include, under tank heaters covering about 1/2 to 1/3 the length of the tank, heat tape, or a basking bulb in a ceramic fixture over head. Never use hot rocks, they often concentrate extreme heat causing severe burns.
Humidity/Water-As a tropical species, the humidity should be kept high. Misting daily should help. Also include a water dish and even some pothos to help keep humidity up. Humidity should be around 50 to 80 percent.
Diet/Food-As a general rule food items should be no larger than the width of the head. Commonly used food items include commercially raised crickets, meal worms, wax worms, and various other insects. Wild insects are readily accepted, but make sure they haven't come in contact with any pesticides. All food items should be gut loaded (fed a nutritious diet of various greens, potatoes, and cricket food) for at least 24hrs prior to feeding. Insects should be supplemented or lightly coated (the easiest way is in a plastic bag) with vitamins and minerals. The proper use of supplements can lead to a happier, healthier gecko and reduce the risk of metabolic bone disease. I use Rep-cal Calcium/vitD3, Herptivite, and Miner-All. All can be found at any pet store. Babies should be offered food items 1-2 times daily. Juveniles should be offered food items daily. Adults should be fed 5-6 times a week. Remove most free roaming food items if not eaten within 15-20min. A few remaining insects should not hurt, as these geckos hang out on the glass most of the time where crickets can not get to them.
Sexing-Adults are fairly easy to sex. Males have a V-shaped row of enlarged pre-anal pores and hemipenal bulges at the base of the tail. Females have pre-anal pores that are a lot less obvious and are lacking the hemipenal bulges.

01-17-2012, 10:12 PM
STicky Dude is a tropical gecko, so he needs to be misted often to keep the huminity up. If the huminity is below 50%, he coulld get sick

01-17-2012, 10:21 PM
Thank you for your help! My gecko is doing very well, and has almost everything you said in your care guide :) Sticky Dude has developed quite the personality Everytime I come into the room, he comes close to the glass, and hopes that I will feed him. He loves to jump at night, and is fed every night at 7:00 PM. His humitity is kept at around 70%, and his heating is 75-80 in the day, and 75 at night.

01-21-2012, 11:42 AM
With them being so speedy their really not to be held