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    About Me:
    I'm going into my last year at Rutgers University studying ecology, evolution, natural resources, & geology. I have a business degree prior to that and run a restaurant with my mom.

    I also have a job as an assistant research conservation ecologist working with diamondback terrapins. I do mark-recapture studies and we study the health of the terrapins and try to improve the ecosystem.

    I love reptiles. Always have. My pets are a priority.


    Why I'm Here:
    I have leopard geckos, but never really had a huge interest in them before. I kind of saw them as boring (sorry , I always preferred the more challenging reptiles). But, I always thought they were adorable. My first two leos I got because my little brother wanted to have reptiles & I knew they would be easy for him to learn with. The most recent one I got was a rescue. A friend literally kidnapped Esteban from her sister who had severely neglected her. She just dropped by my house with her one day asking me to take it. The poor thing was so pale, skinny, and had the start of MBD. Now she's [B]bright[B] yellow and fat. She turned out to be the sweetest gecko I'd ever met. Very cute & friendly. She loves attention. And, she's adorably large/fat . She has a big head. I need to weigh her to see if she's a giant morph. Since having her I've been gaining more interest in leos because they don't seem as boring to me. I am now interested in learning about different morphs, getting some more geckos, & breeding them in the future. But, I have to learn more before I can start breeding. I plan to start in about a year.

    I'm hoping to learn about morphs & breeding and get input about what morph Esteban is. I'll create another post with pics after I weigh her.

    My Current Pets:
    • Esteban - Leopard Gecko - Female, unknown age (rescue)
    • Nelly - Leopard Gecko - Female, ~10yo
    • Camelot - Nosy Be Panther Chameleon -Male, 8mo
    • Mittens - Antilles Pink Toe Tarantula - Sex Unknown, ~1.5yr
    • Vixen - Germain Shorthaired Pointer - Female, 7yo


    Past Pets:
    • Rupee & Lizalfos - Mexican Alligator Lizards, sex unknown
    • Spectrum - RBBB Ambilobe Panther Chameleon, Male
    • Todd - Leopard Gecko - Male
    • Lizzie - Bearded Dragon - Male
    • Ringo - Yellow Crowned Amazon Parrot - Female
    • 2 other dogs - Winston & Kovu
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    Welcome! I started with leopard geckos like many people. Unlike many of those people, I never moved on from them. I have about 60 geckos, mostly leopards, but have 9 other species as well, along with 2 bearded dragons. I'm a former breeder who had to stop because of crypto, so my larger than expected crypto colony and I just keep soldiering along.

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    Wow! That's awesome! 60! So cool!

    Yeah, I think I'm going backwards toward geckos, but I'm perfectly happy with it.

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    A warm welcome to Geckos Unlimited, Serene!

    Esteban is a lovely leo! I don't think she's a giant. Giants tend to be much heavier than 77 grams.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    A warm welcome to Geckos Unlimited, Serene!

    Esteban is a lovely leo! I don't think she's a giant. Giants tend to be much heavier than 77 grams.
    Thank you Elizabeth

    I came here for input so, thank you! Do you know what classifies as giant? I know there's giant & super giant and it's different in male vs female. According to Google 60-90g is giant for a female, but that's just Google's choice... not necessarily from a credible source.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serene47 View Post
    Thank you Elizabeth

    I came here for input so, thank you! Do you know what classifies as giant? I know there's giant & super giant and it's different in male vs female. According to Google 60-90g is giant for a female, but that's just Google's choice... not necessarily from a credible source.
    You're welcome.

    Here's the range one website gives:

    Super Giant
    Male – Must reach at least 110 grams or more in its first 12 months of life.
    Female – Must reach at least 90 grams or more in its first 12 months of life.

    Giant
    Male – Must reach at least 80 to 109 grams in its first 12 months of life.
    Female – Must reach at least 60 to 89 grams in its first 12 months of life. I have noted that this female number is the most common size to hit in our experience.


    Click: https://embergecko.com/articles/giant-article/

    Maybe Aliza knows more.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 08-14-2019 at 09:17 PM.
    "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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