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    Quote Originally Posted by Birby View Post
    okay i did that. i got the tetra powder and i put it on the crickets and gave mocha the crickets. my mom said no to buying the exoterra at the store the 12x12x8 one.

    would mocha be fine for waiting until next month when i'll be able to buy a bigger tank? does it have to be an exoterra or would a fish tank work? whats the difference between the two?
    Did you buy one of these Tetra supplements? Which one? What you bought makes a BIG difference in how it's used!!! If not one of these 2, please share the product name as it's listed on the container. A photo of the container will be helpful.

    3/7/2018 -- Label has changed! Update coming......
    1. Tetrafauna ReptoLife Plus multivitamins & minerals
    • vitamin D3 = 40,000 IU/kg
    • vitamin A = 400,000 IU/kg
    • calcium = 4.2% (min)
    • phosphorus = 0.6% (min)

    2. Tetrafauna ReptoCal -- This is a multivitamin. It contains more than calcium + vitamin D3.

    Exo Terra's cost more money and have front doors. Fish tanks need a fine mesh screen lid in Mocha's case. Zilla makes a tank with a sliding fine mesh screen lid. Zoo Med, Zilla, and Flukers currently manufacture fine mesh screen lids.

    If you buy an Exo Terra someday, Aliza says it's vital to add tape to narrow the slits between the doors. Otherwise Mocha could escape!

    GeckoLeen suggests visiting a thrift store to buy fake leaves/foliage. Can you do that right away? Thoroughly wash and rinse them. Place fake leaves all around Mocha's enclosure like we suggest...like everywhere!
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    As much as you'd like to keep Mocha, I think it might be better to see if there is a rescue or some type of reptile group who could take Mocha and release where she came from, or a similar place where she is allowed to be wild. Keeping wild-caught geckos, especially when you are not experienced, usually will not end well. If your mom is not willing to help you with a really good setup, (& that is her right) then it would be kinder to find a way to get Mocha back to her place in the wild. Where do you live? Maybe we can help you find a reptile rescue who could help.

    In the meantime, follow the suggestions given as best you can. You are doing your best with what you have, but it may not be enough in the long run.
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    I would also like to add that, while I don't know whether you're male or female, or what your morph is, lol(!) it's very evident that you are an intelligent, responsible young person who is very interested in responsible pet ownership. I think that if you can show your mom that you care enough about the animal to do what is best for it and are willing to give it up to someone who can provide for its needs, even though you would love to keep it, that shows a very mature response. And then start adding on to the research that you are already doing, and start doing odd jobs so that you can save up some money for your very own captive-born gecko. That way you will have the tank and the set-up all ready for it, and can show your mom that you are willing to do what it takes to responsibly care for one of your very own that CAN be a pet. I think you would be an awesome owner; the fact that you came here for help and asked good questions, and are doing your best with what you have, tells me that one day in the not-too-distant future, you will be ready to be a reptile owner, and you will be prepared to give it the best life possible!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Did you buy one of these Tetra supplements? Which one? What you bought makes a BIG difference in how it's used!!! If not one of these 2, please share the product name as it's listed on the container. A photo of the container will be helpful.


    Exo Terra's cost more money and have front doors. Fish tanks need a fine mesh screen lid in Mocha's case. Zilla makes a tank with a sliding fine mesh screen lid. Zoo Med, Zilla, and Flukers currently manufacture fine mesh screen lids.

    If you buy an Exo Terra someday, Aliza says it's vital to add tape to narrow the slits between the doors. Otherwise Mocha could escape!

    GeckoLeen suggests visiting a thrift store to buy fake leaves/foliage. Can you do that right away? Thoroughly wash and rinse them. Place fake leaves all around Mocha's enclosure like we suggest...like everywhere!
    yes thats the powder i have with the anole on front. the first one.


    but it doesnt even matter anymore about the exo terra because last night she got out and i've been looking for her all day and i cant find her and shes gone and my dad says shes just gonna live on the house plants like our old anole did but i dont believe it because shes so small and she cant just live off whatever tiny spiders she can find and she cant find any water.

    i just replied to your message but i dont know if it sent because when i click on the sent folder it doesnt show me anything.

    thank you geckoleen thats very nice of you to say and it makes me happy and i love mocha very much but i just cant find her i dont know where she is.

    she was there last night and i was putting in the crickets at different times and she was eating them when i turned the lights off but i was tired so i put the last of the crickets in and went to bed and this morning there was a bunch of dead crickets because she didnt eat the ones i put in at the very end and when i looked inside she wasnt in there anymore there was just a shed of her arm on the airplant.


    please help me i just want to find her

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birby View Post
    yes thats the powder i have with the anole on front. the first one.


    but it doesnt even matter anymore about the exo terra because last night she got out and i've been looking for her all day and i cant find her and shes gone and my dad says shes just gonna live on the house plants like our old anole did but i dont believe it because shes so small and she cant just live off whatever tiny spiders she can find and she cant find any water.

    i just replied to your message but i dont know if it sent because when i click on the sent folder it doesnt show me anything.

    thank you geckoleen thats very nice of you to say and it makes me happy and i love mocha very much but i just cant find her i dont know where she is.

    she was there last night and i was putting in the crickets at different times and she was eating them when i turned the lights off but i was tired so i put the last of the crickets in and went to bed and this morning there was a bunch of dead crickets because she didnt eat the ones i put in at the very end and when i looked inside she wasnt in there anymore there was just a shed of her arm on the airplant.


    please help me i just want to find her
    Thanks so much. I received your message. My GU Sent Items folder IS working. I'll check out details about the powder you bought soon.

    Small geckos can be escape artists. Occasionally I've found very small mourning geckos and hatchlings on the loose. My crested gecko took off once. I found him in the middle of the night hanging out on the washing machine between the bedroom and the bathroom! Another gecko ran underneath the wet bar. It took a couple days to find her. She appeared to eat some crickets. She's doing well to this day. It's been years since that happened.

    Mocha is very small. Do you think she squeezed through the Kritter Keeper's lid holes? If you find her, cover the Kritter Keeper with a lightweight cloth (like a hankie) before you snap on the lid. She'll be able to breathe through that.

    Every day:
    1. Empty TP rolls can serve as hides.
    2. Look high; look low.
    3. Check your mom's air plants and any other houseplants.
    4. Re-check places at night after the lights have been off for an hour or so.
    5. Keep Mocha's cage open. Mist it several times a day.
    6. Leave water dishes out near her cage, in the bathroom(s), and in especially warm places.
    7. Leave a few undusted crickets in her cage and in other containers spread around your house. Keep a small piece of damp paper towel next to the crickets so they'll have something to drink.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 08-11-2018 at 08:28 PM.
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    But make sure any crickets you leave out (or in the cage) can't escape! So deep containers - and not sure about the Kritter Keeper, hopefully they can't get out of that if you leave it open. Crickets are escape artists too!

    Good luck, I hope you find Mocha.
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    How about leaving a mango out or peach baby food in a lid too?

    Empty TP rolls can serve as hides.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 08-11-2018 at 08:29 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoLeen View Post
    But make sure any crickets you leave out (or in the cage) can't escape! So deep containers - and not sure about the Kritter Keeper, hopefully they can't get out of that if you leave it open. Crickets are escape artists too!

    Good luck, I hope you find Mocha.
    shes back everyone!!!! my dad found her underneath his bed all the way downstairs and she tried to run away but he caught her with a net. shes now back to hiding in her air plant and i sprayed her with water. she doesnt look skinny so my dad thinks she ate one of the house spiders.
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    That's great news! Please make sure to put some more fake plants and a toilet paper roll or something in there for her to hide in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birby View Post
    shes back everyone!!!! my dad found her underneath his bed all the way downstairs and she tried to run away but he caught her with a net. shes now back to hiding in her air plant and i sprayed her with water. she doesnt look skinny so my dad thinks she ate one of the house spiders.
    That's remarkable, Birby!!!

    "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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