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    Hey all! This thread is a lot late but I finally remembered to start it. Sometime in late February I got my little Rhacodactylus auriculatus! As some of you know, I fell in love with these the first time I saw them. As much as I wanted to get one from either a member here or from Mike at DragonTown, I never did make the leap () and buy one.
    Right before my birthday, knowing I wouldn't be told "No" by my wife, b-day after all, I went ahead and got one from the store I buy crickets at. So far "he" has done very well. I'm not sure how to sex Gargs yet, plus I don't handle him much because he is so small. Partially because he doesn't get handled often, he still has his tail. No regrowth! Until I'm able to get him less afraid of me, and figure out if "he" is male or female, we call him "The baby" Now for the part where I check to see if I'm being a good Garg caretaker;

    I have him in an Exo Terra Nano Tall (8*8*12") for now. I'm using paper towels as substrate. There is a small plastic plant that he loves I to hide in, and I kept the styrofoam insert in for aesthetic.
    He gets fed Pangea every other day. I bought one of each variety they offer, the 2oz bags, right away. Once or twice a week I offer 2 calcium dusted crickets. Though it is sometimes difficult to tell if he ate any of the Pangea, he definitely has grown a little since he first came home. He also gets misted each day since it has been so dry lately. His temperature ranges from 70-75 at night to no warmer than 83 during the day.
    Funny thing, going back to the handling, when he first came home and I was moving him into the Nano, he wasn't thrilled and actually bit me! It of course reminded me of @amsdadtodd and our conversations about getting bitten by our Geckos

    So, if you've read this far, thank you for putting up with my ramblings! Any input or corrections on my husbandry would be most appreciated! Here are a few photos of "The Baby" sorry they aren't the best, he is very shy.
    Fired "up"
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    Welcome to GU, Baby Garg!

    Better late than never, Cory! Sometimes the birthday presents we buy for ourselves are the BEST. You certainly have a varied menagerie! AND you're feeding your new gecko a varied diet.

    How much does he weigh?

    Are all the Pangea diets you bought Complete Diets? I've seen some out there that aren't.
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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 an enclosure <===

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Welcome to GU, Baby Garg!

    Better late than never, Cory! Sometimes the birthday presents we buy for ourselves are the BEST. You certainly have a varied menagerie! AND you're feeding your new gecko a varied diet.

    How much does he weigh?

    Are all the Pangea diets you bought Complete Diets? I've seen some out there that aren't.
    Thanks! He is very skittish still so confining him to be weighed has been difficult. I'll include a photo of the Pangea, they all say they are complete, but I'm not 100% sure that's true. His favorite seems to be the one with insects.
    Including the cat, we now have 13 animals 16 if you include the sometimes beastly children 7 tarantulas, 2 Leos, 1 Garg, 1 Brazilian Rainbow Boa, and 1 Ball python. The only downside to them all is how little time I have for anything else. Which, aside from checking in here or the Arachno forum, is actually perfect for me. In fact, if I had more room I'd probably have even more
    I have been spending around 10 minutes or so 2-3x a week trying to socialize the baby though. He definitely isn't a graceful one, his leaps are quite comical in fact. He does always stick the landing however. His tiny size worries me with handling, between that, his leaps, and his deceptive speed, I worry he may escape or get hurt. So all handling is done low to the floor and I keep his home near by.
    Here is the Pangea photo, along with today's photos of him.
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    He has been up at the top for a few hours, all fired down and relaxed.
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    Looking good!

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    WOW, Cory! Thanks for ALL!

    You must be quite organized. 13 (16) animals is almost a zoo!

    The "complete" label on Pangea's packaging is just what I was looking for.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    WOW, Cory! Thanks for ALL!

    You must be quite organized. 13 (16) animals is almost a zoo!

    The "complete" label on Pangea's packaging is just what I was looking for.
    Good to know I chose well for his food. Talking to the breeders I've met definitely helped. Especially Mike from DragonTown. His Gargs are absolutely beautiful, I figured I'd better do exactly as he does and says for my own.
    I have a somewhat chaotic organized setup. Fortunately it has worked out very well thus far. I don't think anyone else would be able to take over for me without rearranging the routines The fun part of it all though, other than directly caring for the animals, is showing the kids how to do all of this. Knowing that I'm raising 3 people who will have open minds and hearts for ALL types of animals. Not just the ones with fur.
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    So, apparently my little one never got the memo that Gargs aren't as good of climbers as Crested. Not sure why, but certain photos get turned sideways with this new phone.
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    Also, probably​ a dumb question, but as many of you know, I like to err on the side of caution. Are hornworms ok to feed Gargoyles? I picked some up for the Leo's and possibly the tarantulas, but didn't want to leave him out of the treats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWilson13 View Post
    So, apparently my little one never got the memo that Gargs aren't as good of climbers as Crested. Not sure why, but certain photos get turned sideways with this new phone.
    20170422_200027.jpg
    20170423_094405.jpg

    Also, probably​ a dumb question, but as many of you know, I like to err on the side of caution. Are hornworms ok to feed Gargoyles? I picked some up for the Leo's and possibly the tarantulas, but didn't want to leave him out of the treats.
    Ha ha ha, about climbing! I sometimes see my 5.5 yo Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus male upside down on the screen top too. He has vines that he uses for his "ladder".

    I know that butterworms cause severe facial burns to cresties.

    Maybe your garg will like hornworms?
    "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 an enclosure <===

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Ha ha ha, about climbing! I sometimes see my 5.5 yo Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus male upside down on the screen top too. He has vines that he uses for his "ladder".

    I know that butterworms cause severe facial burns to cresties.

    Maybe your garg will like hornworms?
    Thank you! I had forgotten that about butterworms and Cresties. That's one feeder I've not tried though. Only see them in bait shops out here so I never bothered.
    I will offer a small one tomorrow to the baby. I know Apollo loves them, Arya seems indifferent to them however. Only the large tarantula has had a hornworm so far, and those will eat anything they can

    The baby stayed up on the top for a couple hours, I think he fell asleep I did make a bit of progress with him the other day though! When I got his new food for him, he was up on the background, I slowly held the food under him to see his reaction. He actually started to eat even though my giant hand was right there with the food Didn't even flinch, just lapped up a bit and then stopped. When I moved to put the food in it's usual spot, he watched but still didn't react like he was scared. Even stayed fired down the entire time.

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    I noticed a slightly kinky tail, what supplement schedule do you use?
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