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    It has been almost a year since I brought Odin home and everything is great. He is healthy, eats well, roams occasionally and poops regularly.

    To donít force interactions so I dont pick him up if he runs from me or has just eaten.
    Otherwise I approach the tank speak to him and scoop him up around the same time in the afternoon 2-4 times a week.

    My issue is once he is in my hand he never seems likes heís calm!
    Heíll walk around calmly for 2-3 mins or stand still and the rest of the time itís almost like heís doing a slow run off my hands to my lap and then tries to run off the chair (I sit when I hold him), clicking occasionally.

    I know heís uncomfortable so I put him back when he acts like that, so I never get to hold him longer than 5-20 mins at a time .

    Itís been a year. Is there any hope that this will improve ? Any suggestions to improve our relationship ?

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    They're not cuddly pets like dogs or cats, at best they'll tolerate some handling. He's probably reached his limit, so he's trying to get away, back home.
    You'd be best to let him decide how long he wants to be handled, and accept it, however short that time is.
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    I understand they are different than dogs & cats.
    I had a leopard gecko before who would gladly curl up in a warm spot on my body and stay for a while.
    I have two friends who have geckos who stay out for almost an hour.
    So what your saying is I’m stuck with an antisocial gecko?

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    They're all different, you can't expect everyone of them to be 'cuddly'.
    Some will submit to handling, others stay because of your body heat, some will never accept it. I've had all kinds, from calm to terrified, some eventually calmed down, some never did. Thirty years of keeping leopards (and other reptiles) has taught me to not expect them to live up to my expectations.

    They're basically wild animals, not domesticated, you take your chances with how much human contact they will accept.

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