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    Default First Leopard Gecko, how to handle him properly?


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    Hi all.
    Last week I got my first reptile, an 8 year old Leopard Gecko that my friends brother passed on to me. In the last few days since his move he's become more active and has started eating properly so that's nice.

    Now to my question, I haven't dared to pick him up yet and I'm in no rush to do so.
    I know that in his previous home he has picked up from time to time, not sure how much they did that as of late tho. Whenever I feed him I try to keep my hand in his enclosure just to make him comfortable with me being there, but I'm not sure how to pick him up properly without spooking him, or when the appropriate time to do so would be. Are there any "signs" I should look out for?

    Thanks!

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    Usually best not to reach down and grab him from above (predator-type move), but put your hand under his chin and slide down under his feet so that he steps up onto your hand. For a while, just let him step on your hand while you're in the tank. When you and he are comfortable with that, then you can try taking him out.
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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Here are some taming tips:
    Leos can be very skittish. Don't scoop up your leo from above like an eagle would. That's what a predator would do! With your palm facing up, slide your fingers/hand underneath your leopard gecko's belly. Then lift.

    • Let your leo settle in. He should be eating and pooping regularly before trying this.
    • When approaching his cage, always speak quietly. Move slowly so as not to startle him.
    • Avoid sudden movements. They will spook your leo.
    • Next visit place your hand in the cage palm facing up. See whether he'll walk up to it.
    • Try that on several different days.
    • See whether he'll come up and sniff/lick your fingers. Maybe he'll climb on your hand.
    • If this goes well, with your palm facing up gently slide your fingers underneath his belly and lift him.
    • Judge your progress by your leo's reaction.
    • Remember baby steps. Don't rush it.


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