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    How to start handling? Like do I just slide my hand under him or wait for him to come to me?? When should I handle him too like would I wake him up since heíd be tired thus less
    jumpy or would be just be grumpy? Also should I be worried about him booking it out of the cage? Please help!

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    How long have you had him?

    How old? Is it a baby, sub-adult or adult? Has he been handled before, by the person you got him from?

    It is very unlikely that he is going to come to you. I never wake my gecko up to handle him. I wait until he is awake and moving around. I usually reach in slowly and put my fingers around his body just behind the front legs and pick him up. And I only handle him 2-3 times a week, for at most 5 minutes at a time. I find it’s easier if I step away from his enclosure, otherwise he just wants to jump back in.

    My gecko was 16 months old when I got him and had been well handled by the breeder so he took to my handling him well. My best advise is to move slowly and gently but deliberately. Don’t be frightened. If he has not been handled much before you might want to start by just putting your hand in his enclosure near him so that he gets used to you. Then move on to trying to pick him up. Just take your time and don’t rush him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peasquare View Post
    How long have you had him?

    How old? Is it a baby, sub-adult or adult? Has he been handled before, by the person you got him from?

    It is very unlikely that he is going to come to you. I never wake my gecko up to handle him. I wait until he is awake and moving around. I usually reach in slowly and put my fingers around his body just behind the front legs and pick him up. And I only handle him 2-3 times a week, for at most 5 minutes at a time. I find itís easier if I step away from his enclosure, otherwise he just wants to jump back in.

    My gecko was 16 months old when I got him and had been well handled by the breeder so he took to my handling him well. My best advise is to move slowly and gently but deliberately. Donít be frightened. If he has not been handled much before you might want to start by just putting your hand in his enclosure near him so that he gets used to you. Then move on to trying to pick him up. Just take your time and donít rush him.
    He is an adult, Iíve had him for a week and he was frequently handled with his previous owner. She says that heís just a big ol sweetheart but Iím still terrified heíll sprint out of my hands. Do you have any more tips? TIA

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