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    Hello all. I work in a repair shop that receives modules from all over the states. A couple weeks ago one came in from around Texas( i think) with a clutch of Gecko eggs on it, and because we are all a bunch of big softies we opted to hold off on refurbing it till they hatched. And they did. We now have about 7 tiny Geckos contained and all are being adopted but I would like some help on identifying the proper species if you can in case there are any specific care needs. I have enclosed a pic of one of the hatchling as well as the clutch of eggs to help. Thanks to everyone in advance. 20160914_112809.jpg 20160915_095257.jpg
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    Welcome aboard! That's a sweet story! Good for you!

    This looks like a mourning gecko (Lepidodactylus lugubris)! They are quite prolific! In fact, they are parthenogenic!!! They love a Hawaii-type environment.

    • Keep them in an enclosure with a fine mesh screen top because they are escape artists. Make sure there are NO other exits!
    • Use Eco Earth's coco fiber substrate.
    • Create many hiding places with silk plants, bamboo, and such.
    • Add some plants like pothos and sansevieria that have been planted in fertilizer-free soil.
    • Spray daily for moisture and humidity.
    • They can be started off on drosophila or hydei fruit flies. Cultures of those can be started from a Petco source, for example. Then small crickets will be ideal.
    • Get some Zoo Med Repti Calcium with D3 to use 1x per week. Otherwise they will develop seizures and could die.
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Leo Care Sheet post 142 (use left side numbers): 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)
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    Awesome! Thanks for the reply and the information. My google-fu was weak in trying to identify it but you seem to be spot on! I've had experience in reptiles with all the snakes I've had over the years but am new to gecko's and didn't want to miss anything. Already picked up some flightless fruit flies and I'll pick up some of the calcium supplement. Thanks again for the info. I'll post any other questions to the "care of" forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadarJedi View Post
    Awesome! Thanks for the reply and the information. My google-fu was weak in trying to identify it but you seem to be spot on! I've had experience in reptiles with all the snakes I've had over the years but am new to gecko's and didn't want to miss anything. Already picked up some flightless fruit flies and I'll pick up some of the calcium supplement. Thanks again for the info. I'll post any other questions to the "care of" forum.
    You're welcome!

    I have kept these guys for ages. I caught my first three in a Kauai condo while on vacation.

    Be sure to buy Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3. All other brands contain too much D3. For instance, Rep Cal's calcium with D3 contains 38x the amount Zoo Med's does. Too much D3 is as harmful as not enough D3.
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click:
    Leo Care Sheet post 142 (use left side numbers): 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)
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    Will do! Thank you again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    You're welcome!

    I have kept these guys for ages. I caught my first three in a Kauai condo while on vacation.
    OK, now I have to ask. How did you legally get them home to Oregon? I'd love to bring home 2 or three of those gorgeous Gold Dust Day Geckos that I love so much, but with HI's ag people searching every bag, I'm not sure if it's legal to bring them over here or not. Permit? Cost, if so?

    Sorry this is OT and a reply to an older thread, but I'm really curious.
    In the end, only kindness matters.

    My Herps: 1.0 Normal Bearded Dragon, 1.0 Brazilian Rainbow Boa, 1.0 Black Milksnake, 1.0 Mexican Black Kingsnake, 0.1 Lipstick Sunglow BCI, 0.1 Irian Jaya, 0.0.3 Firebelly toads, 0.0.2 Leucistic Axolotls, 1.3.2 Phelsuma laticauda laticauda, 1.1 Phelsuma grandis, 0.0.1 Rhacodactylus leachianus

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishEyes View Post
    OK, now I have to ask. How did you legally get them home to Oregon? I'd love to bring home 2 or three of those gorgeous Gold Dust Day Geckos that I love so much, but with HI's ag people searching every bag, I'm not sure if it's legal to bring them over here or not. Permit? Cost, if so?

    Sorry this is OT and a reply to an older thread, but I'm really curious.
    That was August 1988. At the time all that was required was a vet's signature to verify that they were healthy. So off to a Kauai vet we went. He held up the medium Kritter Keeper, "checked" them out, and signed the papers.

    Kauai had an outside luggage inspection. I carried them through openly, but no one asked anything. Once through the inspection, a group of tourists gathered around the small cage. Then the inspector noticed. (She also worked in the condo where we had stayed.) She said: "Elizabeth, you can't take those geckos off the island." I said I had the paperwork. She did not ask to see it.

    At the Honolulu airport I also carried them through. I did not wish them to be x-rayed. The airport employee just held up the small Kritter Keeper. "All artificial." he said. Then on to Seattle where temps were a balmy 88 F the day we arrived home.

    That's the beginning of my gecko keeping.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Leo Care Sheet post 142 (use left side numbers): 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)
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    Sounds similar to what happened with my daughter, whose friend had a P. laticauda hitch a ride to the mainland from Hawaii in a crate of pineapples or somesuch. So now she has a pet gecko who is doing well (silly thing won't let me have him/her, though! LOL!), but she dreams of smuggling him BACK home to Hawaii. I keep telling her that it's a big No-No, and that when (as opposed to "if") they found the little guy, they'd destroy him, because they're considered invasive. She's just pulling my chain, though, and won't try to get him back to Hawaii, as much as she'd love to. She visits the B.I. 3 or 4x/year, and loves those li'l guys as much as I do.

    I recently found a page from Hawaii that says one can legally bring over 4 geckos w/a permit. The animal(s) can only be used for display or education, not breeding (why they give a rip about what we do with them over here is beyond me. Most states they wouldn't survive the winters if they got loose, and the ones where they would already have them living wild). I fully intend to attempt to bring some back next time we go. They're always so much brighter than the CBB ones, here--at least from photos of others', and looking at my own.

    My own "adventures" in gecko keeping started from my fascination with and love of those wild P. laticauda in Hawaii. I wonder how many people get the "bug" from a similar situation?
    In the end, only kindness matters.

    My Herps: 1.0 Normal Bearded Dragon, 1.0 Brazilian Rainbow Boa, 1.0 Black Milksnake, 1.0 Mexican Black Kingsnake, 0.1 Lipstick Sunglow BCI, 0.1 Irian Jaya, 0.0.3 Firebelly toads, 0.0.2 Leucistic Axolotls, 1.3.2 Phelsuma laticauda laticauda, 1.1 Phelsuma grandis, 0.0.1 Rhacodactylus leachianus
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    Of course, this site is dated 2003, so who knows what's changed since then? I'm going to call and ask, though.... Can you take gecko's from hawaii?...
    In the end, only kindness matters.

    My Herps: 1.0 Normal Bearded Dragon, 1.0 Brazilian Rainbow Boa, 1.0 Black Milksnake, 1.0 Mexican Black Kingsnake, 0.1 Lipstick Sunglow BCI, 0.1 Irian Jaya, 0.0.3 Firebelly toads, 0.0.2 Leucistic Axolotls, 1.3.2 Phelsuma laticauda laticauda, 1.1 Phelsuma grandis, 0.0.1 Rhacodactylus leachianus

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishEyes View Post
    Of course, this site is dated 2003, so who knows what's changed since then? I'm going to call and ask, though.... Can you take gecko's from hawaii?...
    I've enjoyed reading your posts.

    Update this thread with the current export rules. There's only soooooo much time.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click:
    Leo Care Sheet post 142 (use left side numbers): 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)

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