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    Hello, all.

    So, my parents hosted a party today that involved young children. They apparently thought it would be OK to take them in my room and let the kids "look at" my geckos (i.e. shriek in excitement and tap their tanks) . I came home to see them doing this, and quickly shooed the kids out and had a lengthy talk with my parents about my geckos being MINE and not THEIRS. And that they are not PLAYTHINGS, they are living creatures, and are private ones at that.

    They're mad at me, but they can be mad all they want. The health of my babies comes first.

    At any rate, my geckos haven't touched their food today and are hiding in their favorite hides at the moment. Honestly, I can't blame them. I'm ready to find a nice hidey-hole myself!

    Does anyone have any tips about calming their geckos down after a lot of noise/stress? My plan is to just let them be for a few days and only go in their tanks to clean poo/change food and water.

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    Honestly that's what I would do. Just leave them be for a few days and just keep offering food. Little kids can stress them out, my 6 year old still likes to be loud near Ziggy but I have to keep reminding him that his loud mouth can upset him.
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    Thanks, dear. I just can't help but worry, you know? It's strange seeing Lore hiding so much and not eating like a pig or chirping at me to come out and walk around. Lavi only comes out to move about and eat once it's dead quiet and pitch black (i.e. usually when I'm asleep). A few days of no interaction should help.
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    They are probably fine and will come back out when they're ready. I don't remember if I mentioned this on a previous thread or not, but the vocalizations, or what you refer to as chirps, are usually associated with a defensive demeanor. The most used term for it is barking, and leo's do it when they are under duress, such as being picked up when they prefer to be left alone, or if they get stuck in a tank decoration. I've only heard two of mine ever do this, Puff did so often when he was a juvenile and wasn't really well tamed, and AC did it once when he chased a cricket around and got his leg stuck under the corner of his moist hide.

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    Really? Huh. Whenever Lore chirps at me, she's sitting right next to the side of her tank staring at me. I always took it as she was bored and wanted out. Or that she's mad that her food bowl is empty even after I've fed her. That could be it too. XD

    Lavi tends to chirp when he's shedding, but never has any problems doing so. Other than that, he's pretty quiet.
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    that's interesting. Is there any way you could get a video of this behavior? I'm not doubting your interpretation of it, I'm curious to see it.

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    I've never had any of mine make any kind of noise. Ziggy did once but it was because he was uncomfortable with the way I was holding him and it sounded like a very low growl. I'm curious to see this to because I've always read the same thing that Todd mentioned about the different noises they make.
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    Well, I'll give it a shot, but I don't think I can guarantee anything. Once I get up and move, Lore stops, and I'm never sure when she'll do it. Same with Lavi; he tends to shed in the dead of night, so I'll be woken up by one of his chirps and then he just stops.

    To be completely honest, I think they just do this to mess with me, but hey. XD
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