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    I bought a Crested Gecko 3 days ago. It's a Flame Morph, and it's about 3" long. Gender is unknown at present.

    The tank has more than enough room for Liz (temporary name) to explore and jump about.

    However... All she does is curl up and hide in the hanging plant. She doesn't leave it... Doesn't seem interested in anything else. Lol... I'm tempted to remove the plant to see what she does.

    I know she's eating because the food level went down, so at some point in the night she got down from the plant to get food.

    She seems very inquisitive, and on the first night I bought her home I found her stuck to the glass... Watching me sleep!

    The only thing is... She's so timid and when I lift the leaves to get a better look at her she slinks away out of sight.
    I've been able to touch her head and back gently but I'm actually scared to pick her up incase I freak her out.

    I think she is trying to escape as she rests on leaves that are close to the lid. I even saw her looking like she was about to jump when I lifted the lid to replace her food.

    I want to handle her... Can someone tell me how you pick geckos up. Do you pick them up around the body?
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    I actually just had one hatch tonight!!
    I give all new cresties at least a week to settle in to their environment and the daily routines (misting, feeding). Any pics? Would be helpful! You say he/she is eating so as long as there are plenty of branches/vines to climb and places to hide you should be fine! They sometimes don't come out a lot so if you're expecting them to be more active I'm sorry to disappoint (though they have their moments).
    I'd wait a bit longer before handling but if necessary try pulling out a branch with him/her on it. The smaller they are the faster and more "flighty" they are. Be sure to handle them lower to the ground and away from pets.
    Congrats!

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    Thank you for your advice. I've actually purchased Liz for my boyfriend for Xmas. He was so fascinated by how they jump about.

    I don't want to hurt her. A few times yesterday when I opened the lid she moved within the branches of the plant (plastic) and I thought her head was stuck. I touched her gently and she moved so she wasn't stuck.

    Her date of birth says Aug 2011 but I think that must be a mistake... Think it should say Aug 2012.

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    Every gecko is different in what works for handling them.

    As mentioned, do let your gecko settle in a bit before handling. If she seems to be the skittish type, I would wait a bit longer. The fact that she's eating though is an excellent sign that she's settling in.

    The branch trick would work great for getting her out of her enclosure.

    Otherwise, if you need to actually pick her up, you can try a few different methods. With my one girl, I pet her gently on her head and let her lick my hand, and then she's very calm when I pick her up (yes, around the body).

    With my other one though, she's very skittish, always has been...and she's a bit trickier. She slinks back when I bring my hand near, and has a tendency to bolt around or out of the enclosure the minute I come near her, so I make sure to have her enclosure on the ground, and my other hand out in front to catch her. However, I find she's much less reactive if I try to pick her up when the room is dark (whereas my other one is fine with light or not). She's also easy to pick up if I do so during the day, when she's sleepy. If you suspect you have a skittish-type, you may want to try handling her earlier in the day.

    Just be gentle when scooping her up, and whatever you do, don't squeeze if your gecko attempts to jump or bolt. Instincts tell us to hold on, but that's a great way to have a dropped tail in your hands.

    And yes, do handle your gecko on the floor or the bed, in a room away from other people, pets, and stimulation. They're known for taking random Superman leaps off your hands or arms for no reason, especially when young, so ensure you're taking every precaution to limit the risk of injury.
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    Thanks Cassi! That's alot of useful info and it's put my mind at rest.

    I think I worked out one of the problems... Liz was thirsty! She's definitely alot more animated today after I sprayed her enclosure with more water than I did yesterday.

    She was licking all the water off the plants and cleaning her eyes! Fascinating!

    She's even come out of the bushy plant and I can see her properly

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    You're welcome.

    Do you have a cup or bowl of water in her enclosure? I always recommend it as many cresties will drink from it (both of mine do). It will also help with humidity and help prevent dehydration in the event you aren't misting as much as she would like.
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    I do keep a dish of water in her vivarium. I don't know if she's drinking from it as she never seems to leave her bush!

    I just sprayed the bush and she's licking the water from the leaves.

    I am wondering if she's eating as the food doesn't appear to have gone down.

    I just changed the food and tried giving her a bit on the end of a cotton bud (Q Tip) and she gave it 3 licks.

    I have a tiny little fibre optic Xmas tree next to her vivarium that she seems to like being by.

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    I find one of the most surefire ways to know if your gecko is eating is to check for poop. They'll usually go about every day or every second day. It's not always easy to tell if they're eating by checking their food levels, especially if they choose to eat less than usual for whatever reason.

    I also find that some geckos take awhile to realize some of the things they have in their enclosure - for e.g., the water bowl. And then one night while roaming, they happen to come across it and start using it. I had a hide in my one gecko's enclosure for about a month and a half before she realized it was there, and now she sleeps it in most of the time.
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    Ha ha ha! You won't believe this but tonight whilst me, mom, and my brother were watching Liz... She pooped right in front of us!!

    Her poop looked exactly like her food so if I hadn't seen her poop I would have thought it was drooped food.

    Lol... Even funnier is she pooped right on top of her Hide that she hasn't yet discovered!

    And... She's letting me touch her and she's not being all jittery!


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