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    Hello, I am new to the site. This is my first post and my question is:

    How do you restrain a very small gecko (Lygodactylus luteopicturatus) in order to remove mites.

    I understand that vegetable oil application followed by brushing with a dry Q-tip might be the solution, but I do not want to damage the animal. It is an extremely small specimen and VERY active.

    Does cooling work? Anesthesia?? Just be very, very careful??? Any magic method appreciated.

    The image attached is *not* the one with mites and is much larger.
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    Very carefully grasp the animal with your thumb and first finger.....Let your thumb cover the area between the front 'shoulders' and across towards the top of the head. Ive found if you position your second finger so the gecko can grasp it it will be much calmer that leaving its legs hang in the air.

    Do it when the gecko is least active, in your case the middle of the night. I would not recommend cooling or anesthesia of any sort. That being said, I have had to put a very small P. klemmeri in a deli cup in the refrigerator for a few minutes to inspect a deformed leg. The gecko seemed fine after spending ~8 minutes in the cold, but was euthanized so any long term effects are unknown.

    Good luck and welcome to GU.

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