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    Hello!

    I've had my 2 year-old tangerine for 2 weeks now, and I'm figuring things out as best I can thanks to all the research I did prior.

    As far as I can tell, she seems to be enjoying her enclosure, as I can see evidence of her having explored different areas. She utilizes her cold and hot hides pretty regularly and seems to have sampled her calcium dish (at least I hope so, because she's definitely gotten it all over her tile patio). At the one week mark, I found pee and poop, albeit in her calcium dish, so that's a good sign.

    My only points of concern right now are feeding and taming. I realize two weeks is still pretty early to tell, so I'm more wanting to make sure I'm on the right track and doing the right things for her.

    I have yet to get her to eat or be interested in food, even after confirming she's peed and pooped at least once. She's definitely been drinking water, as I've seen the levels drop too much for it to have just evaporated. The breeder I got her from had her on mealworms from a bowl, and while I haven't tried that approach yet, I have tried to place both a mealworm and a hornworm in her enclosure for her to hunt, just so I could confirm she's eaten. She has yet to go after either, but I've been offering every couple of days.

    As far as taming goes, I feel I've made mistakes that may have set her back. I left her alone for 2 days before attempting to handle, as I had been getting mixed information on how long to wait. I lifted up her cool hide and gently used the scoop method to get her in one hand. She didn't freak out, but she obviously didn't care for it either, so I decided to replace her and her hide and leave her alone. I have not attempted to handle her since then, as more research seemed to favor getting them used to you first. So I spent the rest of the week just sitting and talking to her without opening the enclosure. She has started to poke her head out of her hide occasionally to look at me, but she won't come out of her hide and into the open if she sees me. There was one incident where she was unintentionally spooked a this past weekend where I had been up late in the other room watching a show with my roommate. When I finally went back to my room, where her enclosure is, to go to bed, I turned on the light and noticed her out in the open, which was great! She was obviously very wary and caught off guard, so I kept it slow to try not to spook her and reached for my tv remote. That was apparently enough, because she bolted into her hot hide and retreats if she sees me. No hissing or scrambling, just very shy. As of this week, I have started placing my hand in the enclosure and talking to her. She obviously won't leave her hide and sinks to the back when she sees it, but I've only been doing it for 2 days, so I haven't expected anything yet.

    Sorry for the long read!! What do y'all think? Is there anything I should change up? Or should I just stay the course?

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    I think you've made a good start. Consider getting her a bowl for mealworms. If you just put one down, it may not be that noticeable and can easily hide. If she's used to the bowl she may not really pay attention to a single mealworm. If she's a juvenile, it's normal for her to hide most of the time and to be very wary of being picked up. I bred geckos for 13 years and to be honest, I would pick up the babies every time I fed them to get them used to being handled. Some didn't mind and others never enjoyed it. I would recommend making a little cave with your hands and letting her sit in that. It will be warm so she should like it. Just pick her up and hold her a little above the floor of her cage so if she jumps out she won't get lost. Hopefully she will gradually warm up to you holding her.

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    Thanks for the feedback! I've put a bowl of mealworms in there for her, so I'll see if that helps her any.

    As for taming, she's 2 years old, so definitely not a juvenile. Since she's still not sold on being out of her hide when I'm in the room with her, would it be best to wait until she's more comfortable being out and about before handling? Or would it be better in the long run to go all in and start handling regardless?

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    I usually start handling once the gecko is reliably eating. Not everyone would do it that way.

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