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    I gave my male garg to a friend who breeds them (I think he'll be very happy with the change: life with sex > life w/o) and found a good home for my leo because the next year or so of my life will not be conducive to an animal that needs crickets regularly. That left me sans herp for about a month. During that time, I realized just how much I enjoy them and I decided that I would show mercy and allow myself one.

    So....I picked up a little cresty today. He's got white leg fringes, white knees and what looks like a very faint tiger pattern on his sides. My favorite part about him is his enlarged tail pad...I think that's such a cool trait! tbh I really don't want to determine what his morph is, but he's a rusty tannish orange with a darker brown dorsum and dark stripes behind each eye.

    I'm keeping him in a medium critter keeper for the time being on paper towel. I've got some fake vines in there with a cork tube and a fake venus flytrap I do have a hermit crab heat mat on hand if needed, but am currently using a 40W CHE in a dome lamp laid on its side about 2" from one of the ends of the keeper. This is getting me a gradient of 78-68F (which I think is perfect given my previous temps for my garg). Water and CGD are obviously available. No UVB bulb until he's larger and settled in. Right now he's napping comfortably out in the open smack dab in the middle of the keeper. I'm a huge fan so far.

    I'd love to hear feedback on him.
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    only the top number is relevant to the environment in the keeper. the foliage looks a little sparse because i took some out for his photo shoot. he has plenty of places to hide.





    looks much more yellow at this point. he was rusty orange when i picked him up.

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    very long tail judging from pics i've seen of these guys. doesn't show up well in this pic...



    i couldn't get a good angle on the tail pad unfortunately. i'll take a better one when i can.
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    so i offered crickets for the first time today and he went insane. they must have an incredible sense of smell or hearing because as soon as i put the first cricket near the cage (not even inside), he exploded out of his cork tube. not even my leo was this nuts about crickets. he followed the cricket on my tongs until it chewed its leg off and fell out of his line of sight, at which point he immediately looked up at me as if i had committed a crime. it was hilarious and a bit unexpected that he associated me with the cricket. it may have been coincidence that he looked my way: it's pretty incredible for him to have made such a mental leap right off the bat. regardless, he's such an interesting little guy. already very calm with handling though he likes to try to climb up my sleeves...

    my girlfriend (who has named all my past poikilotherms and is extremely good at it) dubbed him "Scorpio" today. I have modified it to "El Scorpio" after the columbian drug lord in the beginning of predator 2.

    i'm curious whether other people have noticed that their cresties have associated them with food beyond the simple coming out of hiding in expectation of being fed.
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    Whenever my one female is hanging out on her water hammock in the evenings, I'll hand-feed her some crickets. She goes crazy for them, and I believe has definitely made the association. Whenever I open her enclosure, she normally doesn't react, not even glancing my way, regardless of where she is. However, when she's on this hammock and I open the doors, she immediately whips her head around in the direction of the opening and stares at me. As soon as she catches sight of my fingers, she follows them, and is then rewarded with a cricket which she lunges at and hoovers with gusto.

    What I'm curious about is whether she has the mental processing ability to know to go to this spot when she wants a cricket, or if she only happens to go there randomly. Theoretically, it would be an instinctual ability based on cause-and-effect, so she should be able to do so. The test is still a work in progress though.

    Very cute name you guys decided on for yours...I think it suits him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cassicat4 View Post
    Whenever my one female is hanging out on her water hammock in the evenings, I'll hand-feed her some crickets. She goes crazy for them, and I believe has definitely made the association. Whenever I open her enclosure, she normally doesn't react, not even glancing my way, regardless of where she is. However, when she's on this hammock and I open the doors, she immediately whips her head around in the direction of the opening and stares at me. As soon as she catches sight of my fingers, she follows them, and is then rewarded with a cricket which she lunges at and hoovers with gusto.

    What I'm curious about is whether she has the mental processing ability to know to go to this spot when she wants a cricket, or if she only happens to go there randomly. Theoretically, it would be an instinctual ability based on cause-and-effect, so she should be able to do so. The test is still a work in progress though.

    Very cute name you guys decided on for yours...I think it suits him.
    thanks, i do too

    Hmm I think I'll join you in this experiment. I love this kind of thing

    I had 2 more crickets for him tonight and he literally leaped halfway across the keeper and took the first out of my tongs then landed on a dowel rod. so much more energetic than the garg was.

    i guess i do have a question: will these guys gorge themselves like leos? the past 2 nights, he's eaten the normal amount of CGD plus two 1/2" crickets...
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    I think it depends on the gecko, and how much, how often, and what it's normally fed, but with my girls, I find if anything, if they do gorge themselves in a night, then they balance out by cutting back or not eating at all for the next few nights. You can tell because you'll take them out for handling and they'll have big bellies...but then a couple nights later, they're much smaller. Makes weighing them and taking accurate measurements a bit of a challenge though.
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    Scorpio is a confirmed male today. I guess there's no need to search for an equally strange female Spanish name (which is a little sad). It was hard to find the freakin glands though.....i just can't bring myself to restrain my reptiles so it took me 15 min with my magnifying glass looking up at his crotch trying to position him correctly.... i'm a softy.
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    almost 3 mos later......





    i don't totally understand his color phase spectrum. he's sort of half-fired in these pics. he ranges from a very pale off-white with brown markings when he's asleep to a buckskin-like color to a bright sulfur yellow with dark grey markings when fully fired. i could see going from off-white to buckskin to dark brown, but the yellow comes out of nowhere. there's no trace of it until he's fully fired.

    huge fan of the species. very interactive little animals: this is the first one other than my tokay that looks me in the face and around at the ceiling and walls when brought into new rooms. now if they just grew to tokay size....
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    very cute! the reds, yellows, and oranges can change dramatically between being fired and unfired. He looks like he is growing well. Nice gecko
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