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    It has been nearly a year now since I began keeping lined day geckos. Of the original pair, I lost the male about a month after I started. He, however, did his job and the female (known as Momma) began laying eggs.



    Enter LF


    Soon after birth


    after recapture (and shortly before re-escape)

    LF is the only offspring that I was able to corral before being eaten. LF has led a bit of a vagabond life, having the nerve of escaping and living over the winter in the corner of the basement. Upon recapture, she was about 3/4 the size of the adult pair.

    Yes, I found Momma a new beau. He has a blue cast to his tail when displaying (pretty much all of the time). Hence he is named Blue.



    I placed her in with the pair in their new tank



    Things did not go well, she was soon set upon by both larger geckos. I moved her to temporary quarters and began an upgrade on her old tank.

    The lid with the warped frame was discarded and a new one was ordered. I completely stripped and cleaned the exo-terra 18x18x24. One issue that any naturalistic terrarium face is draining excess moisture. I have had my fill of siphoning and decided, with some trepidation, to drill a bulkhead to continuously drain excess back to the reservoir. the procedure was much easier than I thought and I will do it to my other tanks. There is no going back.

    I also like to grow orchids, so I wanted a background that enables good growth. I purchased a good sized chunk of tree-fern and some bulk cork flats and constructed a mosaic-type background. Gaps were filled with a product similar to Greatstuff Pond and Stone. The foam was carved and coated with tree-fern fibre and silicone. The background has been coated with a moss slurry (I will likely order more Dusk Tropics to augment it further). It will now sit and cycle and hopefully get good and mossy for orchids.

    LF's new digs



    Couldn't resist a little Minnesota, Catlinite is a stone mined in SW Mn, best known as the stone used to fashion the traditional peace pipe.

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    What an awesomely illustrated and descriptive post! Thanks so much.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Added some greenery:

    Bulbophyllum elassoglossum
    Bulbophyllum lasiochilum
    Macgravia "Peru"
    Begonia peridot
    Saintpaulia Sp.
    Dusk Moss Mix

    On order:

    Bulb. tingabarinum
    Bulbophyllum electrinum var. calvum
    Haraella retrocalla


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    DSC_2997.jpg

    L.F. has officially moved in. I chose to make the move at bed-time when she was in her bamboo. Easiest gecko wrangling yet!

    Moss seems to be coming on well, all orchids have been remounted to the background. Time for it to grow.

    Now about the vacant enclosure....everyone knows that an empty one must be redecorated!

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    your enclosure is awesome!! beautiful gecko too!
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    I find that designing the enclosure is much of the fun. I think that I will be seeing my first bloom soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtbaum View Post
    I find that designing the enclosure is much of the fun. I think that I will be seeing my first bloom soon
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    I guess that we can assume that LF is indeed female



    Suggestions being accepted for names
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    I happy to say that LF's baby is happily co-habitating with LF and eating like a pig. It seems to take after its paternal and is frequently visible and active. LF in the meantime is a ghost, I catch only the briefest of a glimpse and only at 20 feet. She's a good momma and has not eaten the baby. I'm thinking the name will be either Rio or Dino. What do you think?

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