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    please could someone help me as i have an amazing breeding trio of white line geckos aged about one and a half which i would love 2 be able 2 handle without them getting scared or making a run 4 it .
    i have only managed 2 handle 1 of my geckos (echo the gecko) when i had 2 put her back in her tank after she decided 2 jump out wen i was cleaning it but they just wont let me touch them at all, they dont mind me putting my hand in their tank n getting close 2 them (they have not once bit me they just make funny noises, does their bite hurt?)but at the moment theres no sign of me being able to have them trust me enough 2 stay on my arm and not go anywhere as even if i touch them for a split second they will all scatter further away into their tank and so i am afraid of them getting out as they are very very fast on their feet.
    any information,comments, help is very welcome but please help if possible as i just want my geckos 2 be able 2 fully trust me as i know that it is possible.
    plus while they still arnt sure about me how do i get them out 2 clean out their tank?
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    Oh jeez, I'm having the same issues.
    A friend of mine suggested putting an old t shirt or article of clothing that smells like you in their enclosure so they get very used to your scent.
    I have one male and I was just given (for free!) another male and its juvenile. The girl who gave them to me was freaked by how fast and aggressive these are (compared to her placid Crested Gecko) and she thought that the adult was female.
    These guys take time and patience because they are by nature so skittish.
    Can you try and handle them "in the cage" until they get a little more comfortable with your presence?
    I am working with the juvie I have and I have him in a Kritter Keeper.
    When I want to work with him, I put it all on the center of my bed (wide open space) and I open the cage, and use one hand to gently "herd" him onto my other hand.
    He usually screams then bolts. He has gotten away from me as well, they are crazy fast little critters!
    I have been able to capture him by throwing something over him, KK lid or t shirt) or by letting him jump onto me of his own free will (when he was climbing the wall!).
    He's starting to realize that I'm not a big scary monster who wants to eat him.
    I want him to realize that I'm a fun "jungle Gym" for him to sort of exercise on.
    But they do take work! and patience!
    I'd say short handling durations, no longer than 5 minutes at first, but rather frequently if possible, like 3 times a day over the afternoon or early evening.
    Let me know how it goes!
    a lot of Crested Geckos!
    0.1.0.0 Pine Isle Leachie
    2.1.0.0 Pine Isle chahoua
    1.1.0.0 C. Sarasinorum
    2.4.0.0 Gargoyle Gecko
    1.2.0 African Fat Tails
    3.0.0.0 White Lined Geckos
    2.1.0.0 Tokay Geckos
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    kool thnx alot saille but my main problem is them being really fast as theyre all normally ok until suddenly 1 of them dashes across the tank or pounces at the glass cuz wen they do that it makes me jump lol so thats something that i need to get used to i suppose , im getting better at being able to handle them and i dont jump as much now but i have been trying 2 handle them but only mannaged twice (the second time the male bit me n wouldnt let go) as they either run 2 their log or try and escape and so i dont get 2 touch or pick them up.
    if one of them escapes it wil straight away go and crawl up my bedroom window and so theyre not very hard 2 catch , i just nudge him into a plastic lunchbox or something as wen i try 2 pick any of them up myself they'll jump away from me and i dont want 2 lose any of them so is there any way of kinda calming them down enough 4 me 2 start handling them because i really want them 2 start getting tame as it is starting to get annoying having geckos that dont like me putting my hand in their tank
    any posts/comments/replies/advice...etc welcome
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    Honestly I dont know of any good ways to tame them but after they get used to you(might take years) they do start to calm down when you get in their tank. My best suggestion if you want a animal that isnt so flighty and freak out when you get in their tank is get a leo or a crested gecko. Most likely you are never going to be able to carry them around the house and play with them like a dog or cat. Another piece of advice, dont get any Phelsuma if you dont want a flighty gecko.
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    Hey Jimi, how long have you had your White Lined Geckos?
    I have had my first male over a year and he still is very skittish. While he's sleeping, I run my hands over the stuff in his viv and so my scent is everywhere, so I never get charged or struck at when I go to feed him. He is slowly getting used to me. He won't bolt when I see him out and about and he notices me.
    I also sometimes stick a spoon near him that has CGD on it, and at first, he'd bite it and then look confused because it tasted good. He'd sit there licking and looking paranoid.
    These guys take time and patience. LOTS of patience! THey're by nature nervous and sensitive, but I know others who keep them and find them really rewarding geckos to keep.
    Try the T-shirt trick and give it time, like at least a month. Try giving them treats, so they associate you with positive things happening.
    Also, maybe try handling one at a time?
    In the mean time, Cliff's right, a Leo, African Fat Tail or Crested gecko should help your craving for a gecko that is more docile and tolerant of handling.
    I have my Cresties and I love them, but i also love the challenge of the White Lineds, plus the fact that they're just plain beautiful!
    Good luck!
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    a lot of Crested Geckos!
    0.1.0.0 Pine Isle Leachie
    2.1.0.0 Pine Isle chahoua
    1.1.0.0 C. Sarasinorum
    2.4.0.0 Gargoyle Gecko
    1.2.0 African Fat Tails
    3.0.0.0 White Lined Geckos
    2.1.0.0 Tokay Geckos
    1.1.2.2 Giant Day Geckos
    1.1.0 Blue Tongue Skinks

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    Exclamation theyre starting 2 slowly calm down 1 at a time

    kool thnx ,
    i will get some more geckos at some point but until i get some more money i will hve 2 just try and ccalm down my white lined geckos.
    dont get me wrong its not really a problem if they wont let me tame them as long as they kinda slow down .
    i bought my white lined geckos a few weeks back now and theyre amazing creatures the shop was selling an exo-terra complete with a log some food and some plants n bedding plus a heat lamp along with the breeding trio of white lined geckos (1 male 2 female) for 150 which in dollars is something like $130 i think.
    in time i'll get a leopard gecko but i am in the process of starting a new job so i need money lol my white lines are really fun 2 look after as they have attitude and are just funny 2 watch when theyre out n about .
    i'll probz sound stupid asking this but wots CGD :s .
    thnx 4 ur advice i'll try n get them used 2 me and i can see it is slowly working now as they have started 2 just stay where they are and not look bothered when im feeding them or cleaning them out but i know it takes alot of time but im enjoying doing it as geckos are my favourite kind of pet .
    like i said earlier i dont expect me 2 be able 2 get them out n have them on my arm while walking round the house cuz thats not wot i bought them 4 as i bought them cuz they are pretty good looking geckos n i knew they would take work 2 tame (alot of work) but i enjoy looking after animals so i thought it would be fun and it really is so all i want really is 4 them 2 be able 2 trust me enough 2 walk onto my arm so that i can get them out 2 clean their tank without them getting scared or jumping at me lol
    thnx 4 ur suggestions i'll give them a go .
    i'll let u know how theyre doing in a few days .
    thnx
    james

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    Hi James,
    CGD is Crested Gecko Diet. (sorry, I should have typed that out before!) Its a powdered meal replacement that you add water to and its like a nectar that they eat. It is made specifically for Cresties, but my White Lined juvie loves the stuff. I tend to feed my White Lines more protein sources, so they get a variety of different feeder insects.
    150 Pounds is actually about $300. u.s. dollars, your money is worth more than ours!
    How much would the geckos alone have cost each, would you guess?
    Here in the states I've seen them sell for anywhere from $16.99 to about $30.00. THe cheap ones were in rough shape at a petstore, so I know they were wild caught and probably suffering pretty heavy parasite loads.
    Keep us posted on your geckos! Sounds like you're making progress!
    a lot of Crested Geckos!
    0.1.0.0 Pine Isle Leachie
    2.1.0.0 Pine Isle chahoua
    1.1.0.0 C. Sarasinorum
    2.4.0.0 Gargoyle Gecko
    1.2.0 African Fat Tails
    3.0.0.0 White Lined Geckos
    2.1.0.0 Tokay Geckos
    1.1.2.2 Giant Day Geckos
    1.1.0 Blue Tongue Skinks

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    kool thnx i shall have to buy some cgd , i have some vitamin shake which i put on the crickets n mealworms they seem to like that.
    (sorry i have always been pretty crap with currencies so i'll let u work out wot this is in u.s dollars) like i said earlier i bought my whole set up including the 3 geckos for 150, if bought separately it would have been a lot more as the exo-terra is 80 and i dunno how much the bedding water bowl thermometer and log are but if bought separately each white lined gecko is 45-50 so it was a pretty damn good bargain and i love them.
    im planning on buying more geckos when my new job is sorted out i'll probz get a leopard gecko or crested gecko first.
    my 3 white lined geckos couldnt be sold separately as theyre a breeding trio and they make me laugh at night cuz they just go mental theyre deffinately a fun gecko 2 keep and theyre deffinately more fun after they start trusting you as then u can basically touch them n pick them up n stuff and they dont really care .
    i been working on getting them to trust me and your advice helped alot as their alot better behaved.
    thankyou
    james .....btw i'll post some pics of the 3 of them when i get a chance hopefully i will have some hatchlings soon XD

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    one quick question .... "how do u pick up your white lined geckos" as when i go 2 pick them up they shout at me then run 2 their log
    help me pls....
    james

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    I don't pick up my white lined geckos the way I can with my Cresties. THe Cresties, I just pluck from wherever they are, or they just jump or hop onto me anyways. They are really really tame.
    My juvie White lined, I let him crawl onto me. That way, he's not threatened by grabbing, and nor is he "chased around until hes stressed out". If he doesn't want to "play", he lets me know by hiding. sometimes he stays put and stares up at me, so I take the lid off the KK and see if he feels like exploring.
    I honestly don't know how I would handle it with three to a single cage, other than just doing what you're doing and getting them all really used to you and your scent.
    Good luck, keep us posted on what you do and your success rate!
    a lot of Crested Geckos!
    0.1.0.0 Pine Isle Leachie
    2.1.0.0 Pine Isle chahoua
    1.1.0.0 C. Sarasinorum
    2.4.0.0 Gargoyle Gecko
    1.2.0 African Fat Tails
    3.0.0.0 White Lined Geckos
    2.1.0.0 Tokay Geckos
    1.1.2.2 Giant Day Geckos
    1.1.0 Blue Tongue Skinks

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