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    Hello, my name is Ariel and I'm new to the forum. I have a crested gecko named Stanley. He is my first and only gecko, but I have kept reptiles before. I'm making this post because a couple years ago Stan figured out he could bite me and he hasn't stopped since.

    I handle him consistently every few days. It's difficult to describe just how often he bites me. He seriously cannot go 5 seconds without latching onto my skin. He used to love jumping from hand to hand or sitting peacefully on my arm, but now the only thing on his mind is biting. When I open his cage lid and put my hand at the edge, he runs up and bites the closest finger. When he gets bored, he jumps onto my desk to explore, but as soon as I twitch my fingers he whips back around and runs as fast as his little legs will carry him and bites whatever is moving. I want to stress that these bites are not the result of mishandling--he will literally launch himself into the air with his mouth open from a good 6 inches away. Obviously he doesn't have sharp teeth, but sometimes his bites can really hurt if he gets a thin piece of skin or latches on and jerks his head around. He also bites things that smell like me, such as my jacket, my computer mouse, and my phone. He will bite at the laptop screen if I'm watching a video and someone is moving. He has tried to bite his own tail more than once.

    Age: 5-6 years. I got him from someone else at ~1 year old.

    Diet: I'm lazy about insects and feed him Repashy CGD almost exclusively. He eats fine when I board him at the local reptile shop but when I try to feed him crickets he won't eat them. Is he understimulated from the lack of live prey? Should I try harder or try different bugs?

    Cage specs: 20" wide, 16" tall, 10" deep (almost 14 gal). It's wider than it is tall, which is not ideal. I hope to get a taller terrarium in the future.

    Size: Stanley's a big boy, 50 grams and 5.5" snout-vent. Is he too big for his cage?

    Health: Stanley shows no signs of MBD or floppy tail. He is very energetic and active.

    I'm happy to provide any more background information if asked, but I know this post is already too long.

    For a long time I just thought this behavior was an attempt to mate, as the bites are sometimes accompanied by mating chirps. Now I am wondering if it is a diet thing or if something else is going wrong with his care.

    I have spoken to a few people about this and gotten responses ranging from "he needs a female" to "it's just his personality" to "you need to live feed him more" to "you should redo his enclosure." What should I do?

    I love this little jerk and I want him to be happy. Help me Geckos Unlimited, you're my only hope.

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    Read my article about my crested gecko Bart: Big Bad Bart - Gecko Time - Gecko Time. You'll see that I've had some of the same experiences.

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    Thank you! Stan watches me all the time too, and he even looks a bit like Bart. Sounds like a bigger cage would be a good step for me to take.
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