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    Hey everybody! Iím not new to owning my gecko or this forum, but now my leopard gecko is pretty much an adult, as he or she is approaching 9 months old. Sonny loves his 20 gallon tank, but Iím afraid heís getting bored, because he always climbs up on his cave house and stares at the caged roof, as if itching to escape and explore. I often try and offer him my hand to climb up on, but he usually just looks at me. Only twice ever has he crawled up to my shoulder from the cage, and me not knowing how to handle him resulted in a chaotic chance for me to get him back into his cage. I think thatís why he hates being held, or even touched. He always runs away from me when I try and pick him up, but comes running whenever I have food for him. I know he trusts me because he lets me put my hand near him and feed him, but heís just afraid of being held and I want to hold him soon. If I do succeed soon, should I just let him roam around? Iím afraid of him getting lost in my room, or falling off my bed and getting injured, so Iíve been kind of paranoid of him getting hurt or lost. Any tips???
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    I have 2 that do not like being handled but are not afraid so much of my hands being near them as well. One is I believe because she has white and yellow syndrome and it just stresses her out, tho she seems to do a lot better with my daughter handling her. The other is my male, he just doesn't like bein held really, I mean he's ok once out of his tank but gettin him out kinda frustrates him an he tries to evade.

    All I can say is talk to them softly as you approach do it slowly and put your hand in there near him/her for a little while at a time, sometimes they get curious an walk up on your hand and others they just use it to get to somewhere else, just let them do it a few times a week or so and maybe just before feeding so they associate you with feeding time and hopefully eventually want to climb right up.. We're working on this over here too lol.
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    Here are taming suggestions from several GU members. Try these out for Sonny.

    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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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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