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    Question Somewhat New Adult Crestie- Taming Advice?


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    Hi everyone! I'm new on this forum but figured it would be a good idea to join as I now own three lizards- two leopard geckos and one crested gecko. In particular, I wanted to ask about my crested gecko, which can be easily assumed since I posted in this thread.

    I adopted a full-grown normal morph Crested after a customer had given up ownership where I work, and they also gave up the tank he was in. The tank was alright- a 20 gallon high with a few fake plants that stand up on their own and no branches whatsoever. The first thing I had done was thrown some grapevine in there while I kept him there temporarily since he was an unexpected arrival in my life. He had a red heat bulb (which I despise somewhat) and only a dusting of coco fiber on the bottom. They used a bottle cap for food, but he is still a chunky boy and about a year old. They also said he is a male but at this point I'm pretty sure he is a she. But since his name is Randy, I'm going to continue referring to him with male pronouns.

    Anyway, I assume Randy's owner was initially excited to own him and took care of him but gradually became bored of him. Randy still has his tail, too, which further leads me to believe that he was simply never handled enough. He isn't super skittish, but enough that I can't handle him. He also isn't intensely baited by food, and I'm not even sure if he touches his meal replacement formula. He eats the crickets I give him one or twice a week, however. I'm thinking maybe tong-feeding him the crickets? But, at the same time, that's another potential trust factor- scary tongs, oh noes. He hasn't lost any weight from what I can tell, and is active at night so I'm not worried about any health-related concerns. I've owned him for over a month now.

    Oh, and also I put him in a 24x18x18 Exo Terra vivarium with plants, hiding places, branches, and a bit more substrate which he actually burrowed into somewhat on the first few days. And a feeding dish that isnt on the ground (not that he seems to use it). If I walk into my room after the lights have been off for awhile, I'll see him sitting on his horizontal branch usually. Just chillin'.

    I want to be able to handle him a bit more without him immediately jumping away. I'm totally fine if that is never a possibility- he's a neat little dude. I was just wondering if anybody had any tactics for taming adult crested geckos. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Congrats on the crestie. If he's eating his crickets, I don't see that you need to go to tongs. As far as the CGD goes, I have geckos that empty their CGD and geckos where it constantly looks untouched, but they are all healthy. It may be that if you can get him out of the cage you can have him walk from hand to hand and eventually maybe he'll be more tolerant. That said, I have cresties that hatched out hating to be handled and remain that way.

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    You could try starting with baby steps, just holding your hand close to him inside the tank when you are cleaning or feeding. Then try and get him to walk across your hand a few times, then see if you can hold him in your hand inside the tank a few seconds at a time, and gradually lengthen the time. Then try taking him out for brief periods, etc.

    I also have one that I got when he was 7 years old. He wasn't handled much, and while he doesn't bite or anything when I try, he's very squirmy and obviously not happy being handled. So mostly I just let him be a gecko, and we're both happy that way.
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