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    So have have a female Leo that I have had for about 9 months, I don't handle her much, now that is winter I have lots of time in the evenings so I have been just putting my hand flat in her tank, last time I did this she licked my hand and even climbed over it! tonite though, she bit my hand and wouldn't let go!! She's always been super sweet!! I know they get startled but I didn't do anything to startle her!! What do I do so that I don't scare her and have her bite again!! She has done this once before but I realized that time I did startle her so I can't blame her that time. Please help!!

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    She might thing your finger is a really big tasty mealworm. The next time you try to pick her up, slide your hand under her. Make a little cave for her in your hand. Then let her walk from hand to hand. This way, you won't end up with your hand in front of her which is just asking her to bite if she thinks it's food.

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    Ok I will try next time! Thank u!!!

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    You might just have a leo that likes to bite! lol
    Not all geckos tolerate being held!
    Luckily the bites dont hurt too bad.
    My female is a biter/runner/skittish
    My male is more tame and forgiving.... however he is a biter sometimes too.
    They dont actually LIKE humans, they associate us as "those things bring heat and food"
    biting is just part of the leo parent contract;
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    Yeah.. She usually just likes me though, and the night before she but me, she walked over my hand!! I guess I just have to work with her more!

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    i think they DO like people! Because i have 4 leopard geckos and Zippy always comes when i caller and LOVES to be held! She is even learning how to play soccer!
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    Seriously!! How does she play soccer?? That's awesome!!

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    I agree. I think they can like people. They have different personalities. Some have good attitudes and some not so much. One of my stands up and listens when I talk. It jumps right in my hand when I put it in. We have together.

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    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...
    first look up the word Anthropomorphic (think its time i set up a new thread for explaining this term)
    They are purely acting off of instinct and survival...
    welcome to the world of reptiles LOL we are being used for our heat source and access to food
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    I have no problem with people thinking their gecko "likes" them provided it doesn't generate poor husbandry, but really and truly, they do not have the mental capability to have affection. I think they can get to a point where they feel secure enough with us to want to explore us and use us as a means to explore other suroundings. I believe this is why some leos seem to "like" being handled. They recognize the hand as the thing that takes them out of the 12in x 30in prison they are typically confined to, and that is why they eagerly climb into it.

    Other things are not so easily explained, though, like why my oldest leopard gecko will sit on my knee and watch Frasier on tv, but nothing else. ???? I've tried for 4 years to figure that one out, and still haven't come up with anything.
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