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    Hey guys, been a while since my last post because I have been trying to get my gecko to adjust to me!!!! Not going so well!!! Heís already like 11 months old and I got him from PetSmart as a baby, and like he trusts me enough to know exactly when Iím going to feed him (he literally prances around the tank near where the mealworm bin is) and like eats it with my hand in front of him, but when I touch him and try to pick him up, all hell breaks loose. I canít actually pick him up or heíll freak out, I have to put my hand in and hope he climbs up, which works about 30 percent of the time. Letís say I even get him on my bed. He will roam around but the second I move or put my hand near him he freaks out, and sometimes even darts. I canít just get him to relax, and to know my hand is an extension of me, his source of food and heat! And he even seems to freak out by just me outside his tank. I long for a lizard that will just let me hold him without the hassle and without him trying to sprint away. I think itís just because heís a boy and thatís just his personality, but Iím actually contemplating buying a bearded dragon just so I can have a lizard thatís easy to take care of and will just chill with me. I love my gecko a ton but he just doesnít want any attention. Does anyone have any tips on gaining trust even more??? Thanks.

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    I find that some of them tolerate (possibly "enjoy" but I'd reserve that for "cold room warm hand") handling and some just don't. I've had a gecko that I got as a young adult about 5 years ago and he absolutely hates to be handled. I've hatched out geckos that don't mind being handled and geckos that hate being handled from the egg. You may be able to encourage the gecko to come out by scooping it up in a small container and then transferring it to an escape proof "play" enclosure (I know of someone who used a kids' empty wading pool for this) where it has more room to move around and may let you pet it and handle it a little.
    If you seriously consider getting a bearded dragon, which is, in my experience more "handleable" but not really "cuddly", consider an adult that has a good track record with being handled.

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    Most will put up with some handling so it seems like you were just unlucky when you chose your leopard gecko. Instead of getting an entirely different reptile I would consider rehoming the leo and getting another one. Maybe one that's an adult and has a record of being easy to handle. In the future try to avoid buying pets from pet stores unless it's the only option.

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    Just curious, JamesK12.

    Have you been holding out your hand palm facing upwards and waiting for your leo to sniff it? Sometimes if our hand "descends" upon a leo we are about to pick up from above, the leo "feels" like we might be an eagle or some bird of prey.

    Do you talk to your leo in a quiet voice as you approach him? It really does not matter much what you say -- a quiet, soothing, tone of voice is most important.

    Beardies need varied fresh food "salads" all the time. A leo is much easier diet-wise.
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