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    It has been discussed several times the subject of housing geckos together and why is it better to house separately, a week ago this happened to a friend of mine, I asked his permission to post this pictures here, the pair was male-female, for unknown reasons the male got agressive with the female, with this results:

    Gecka herida 2.jpgGecka herida 1.jpg

    My friend found the female like that in the morning and went to a vet inmediately, she was given morfine and was stitched but she died 3 days later....

    Bottom line: PLEASE always house separately, leopard geckos are solitary creatures, the do not NEED or even WANT company, and do much much better alone
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    Oh god. That poor thing. D=

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    I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend's gecko. This is a (sad) example of why they should be housed separately.

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    Yes, it is very sad, I feel sorry for him, this is why I canīt say it enough to always house geckos alone! This wasnīt even male to male, this was a female-male pair
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    That happened to the Gecko in my avatar, two brothers kept together, when the reached maturity they started fighting with victor losing part of his tail and needing stitches on his side... my friend had them and offered me Victor...he was my first reptile.

    Lucky for him he made a full recovery and living a happy healthy life on his own.



    RIP wee falla

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saskia View Post
    Yes, it is very sad, I feel sorry for him, this is why I canīt say it enough to always house geckos alone! This wasnīt even male to male, this was a female-male pair
    I do have to wonder what set it off. I agree that geckos should be housed alone because it's less stressful and more natural (to my knowledge) and obviously brings the possibility of this to 0. But then there are also many, many male-female pairs kept housed together that never have any issues. Always curious what's different with the ones that end like this.

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    Maybe some individuals are more agressive/territorial than others?? I have observed that when males and females are put together in order to reproduce, the "normal" male attitude is to bite the female, on the back of the neck and on the tail, whenever they bite another body part (In my opinion) they are being territorial, just as they would be with another male.

    A few years back I was intending to reproduce one of my females and I put her together with a male and I kept observing.... the male saw her, rose up on his legs, walked straight towards her and bit her right in the stomach, immediately I put my finger in there to prevent his mouth to close up, and removed my female, (she had a bit of skin torn, but t healed within a few days, leaving no mark), That was the first time I started to be aware that geckos (no matter the sex) do not always get along....

    In that particular case (my experience) I believe it was because my female was housed with her son (a male), and I concluded that she "smelled" like a male.... I know, stupid me, it was a few years back, I do not make that sort of mistakes now, luckily my geckos survived my lack of experience back then, and a LOT of reading, observing and GU time have given me a lot of experience and I considere myself "experienced" now
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    We bring them into our home to care for them. So why would we risk putting them in such a predicament? I consider this selfish when it's bad enough most are confined to such small spaces. Who does it benefit? The selfish owner, that's who. How would they feel trapped in an room with a person who suddenly turns into a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? If space is an issue, stop gecko hoarding which only leads to poor quality care. No injured or dead geckos, problem solved.
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    I agree, I run a campaing against housing geckos together, I have found people that truly believe that they need a mate, or a "friend" (not the case of this friend, he should have known better), I try to give as many advice as possible but one can only do so much, every owner is in the end the responsible for their pets, I have come a ceirtain way with nimals in general since I was a kid, now I have knowledge about many subjects (not only geckos, also dogs, cats, snakes, arthropods, rodents, birds, etc), but I try to remind myself that all of us started somewhere with little knowledge, NOW I know ceirtain things that I didnīt before, i.e. when I was a young teenager I had a male dog and I bred him once, I regret it now, and I own an animal rescue and promote neutering and spaying all dogs and cats! Was I a bad person before?? No, I just didnīt have the awareness of the situation back then, 99% of people learn with experience and I canīt let myself to think I am better just because I now something that they donīt, thatīs why i try and talk to as many people as possible about propper housing conditions, and I offer myself to help, check, and receive any gecko fom someone who feels that having geckos is a bit overwhelming, my first gecko was a gift and i knew NOTHING about them, this web didnīt exist back then, I made all sort of mistakes from housing on sand to housing with no UTH or calcium, the good thing I did was that I kept just that one gecko for several years (she is in fact still with me, fat and healthy) and I learned before I started having more, what I am saying is, we canīt judge everyone under the same standards, and we have to remember that no one is born with knowledge
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    You have stated a very good point, web didnīt exist back then Most of us had to learn the hard way. My problem is with people who ignore all the information available which we were not lucky enough to have. Obviously we have all made mistakes and hopefully learned from them. What I can not understand is the people who simply chose to ignore the information now available to them and then have the audacity to whine? HELP!!! Even worse they simply do not want to take the time to read and educate themselves. They want everyone else to do the work for them. Too many excuses..

    I think we are heading of topic again..
    Currently keeping:

    Eublepharis gecko 2.1.0~Hemitheconyx gecko 1.0.0~Gekko gecko 1.0.0~Pogana Vitticeps 1.0.0~Varanus exanthematicus 1.1.0~Varanus acanthurus 1.0.0~Blue Tongue Skink 1.0.0~Red-eared slider 1.0.0

    Reptiles I have rehabilitated, rehomed or kept.
    All above species plus:


    Phelsuma Grandis~Rhacodactylus ciliatus~Paroedura~Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~Hemidactylus frenatus~Iguana~Turtles ~Snakes and too many more to name!
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