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    So i have a female day gecko whom i love a lot. so much, in fact, im going to drop 2 paychecks worth on a new and improved home for her. However, one thing holds me back. She doesnt do well with any type of handling (except for licking honey off my finger). She has tried to escape and run away before, so I dont want to hurt her or rip her scaling by switching her home. she is currently in a 25 gallon tank, but im going to buy her a 12x12x18 tank, which im sure she will love much more. Any tips or advice is needed, thank you and have a good day!

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    What species of day gecko (Phelsuma) do you have?

    What are the dimensions of her current enclosure?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    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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    Please let us know which species your Phelsuma is. That way we can say whether a 12 x 12 x 18 will make a good forever home for her. Depending upon her species a 12 x 12 x 18 could be too small for her to thrive.

    Have you a tall plastic container? Let her climb into that while still in her current home. Then transfer her to her new home.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    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 did lots of research and found out a 12x12x18 wouldnt suit her very well, so im going to buy an 18x18x24. she is a Phelsuma madagascariensis so she is going to get fairly large! If you have any other tips please let me know! she is currently pretty small, about 5 or 6 inches so that terrarium would fit her well as she grows. (Im not sure if shes even a female to be honest!) She has pores that spread to her thighs, but they dont look as prominent as males. facebook forum members told me to check back in 6 weeks to have a definite answer. Sorry for so much at once, just want to get all details out for possible tips. hope youre having a great day, and thank you for the idea on how to transfer her! That seems like the easiest option.
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    I have had to transfer a (gold dust) day gecko before. I think the best choice, if possible, is to actually try to remove everything from her current enclosure and see if you can hold it in front of the new enclosure in a way that will let her go from one to the other. Failing that, you may be able to place a deli cup or a fish net over her when she's sticking to the wall of her current enclosure and then slide a piece of stiff paper underneath to make it possible to transfer her that way.

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    Those are actually really good ideas.. thank you!! Once the transfer happens ill update!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbriellathegecko View Post
    I did lots of research and found out a 12x12x18 wouldnt suit her very well, so im going to buy an 18x18x24. she is a Phelsuma madagascariensis so she is going to get fairly large! If you have any other tips please let me know! she is currently pretty small, about 5 or 6 inches so that terrarium would fit her well as she grows. (Im not sure if shes even a female to be honest!) She has pores that spread to her thighs, but they dont look as prominent as males. facebook forum members told me to check back in 6 weeks to have a definite answer. Sorry for so much at once, just want to get all details out for possible tips. hope youre having a great day, and thank you for the idea on how to transfer her! That seems like the easiest option.
    Thanks! I had a pretty good day yesterday.

    After you guide your Phelsuma into the plastic container, have a lid or flat section of cardboard ready to cover the top while you transfer her into her new home.

    Have you seen these recommendations for Phelsuma grandis? Adjust them for your Phelsuma madagascariensis. Be sure to read the short thread that follows this link.

    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-30-2020 at 06:56 AM.
    "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 an enclosure <===

    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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