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    I have 2 pet leapored geckos but im scared to handle them?, i got them 1 month ago and i think im scared beacause i dropped one of them or maybe im scared they will bite but i dont know, also my geckos wont eat anything except meal worms can you help me with that to thanks

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    In my opinion, the best way to get used to them is to start with something you can deal with and then take slow steps to being more involved. For example, where in this list of steps do you start to get uncomfortable:

    -put your hand in the cage near the top
    -put your hand in the cage and touch the floor of the cage
    -keep your hand in the cage until the gecko(s) come out to check you out
    -touch the gecko gently
    -put your hand over the gecko, leaving it in the cage
    -scoop up the gecko and hold it near the bottom of the cage
    -hold the gecko at the top of the cage
    -transfer the gecko from the cage to another container with your hand
    -hold the gecko over another container

    If you know where in these progressive steps you get nervous, you can work at each step until you feel comfortable with it. You can also make up your own series of steps.

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    keeping my hand in the cage is okay i take out when the run over to it though, i dont touch them, i transfer them by putting the container near them and let them climb in

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    See if you can keep you hand in the cage when they run over to you for just a few seconds. If you can do that, try it for a few more seconds. If you can get that done, try gently touching one of them briefly.
    Now, I know this may sound weird, but if you just can't make any progress, you may want to consult a psychologist that can do cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and/or a progressive exposure. I only know this because my daughter is a psychologist and does this all the time with people who, for example, are afraid of needles, or driving or dogs.

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    the thing that makes me the most uncomfortable is picking my lizard up forcibly. when i want to handle him i usually have someone else take him out for me or i let him crawl onto my hand and then take hime out. im okay handling him and having him crawl on me i just struggle to pick him up. how can i get over this? also i do get nervous if hes moving too fast while im holding him.

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    I think a lot of times, people pick up the gecko by grabbing it from above around its middle. That often causes the more skittish ones to thrash around and it can be scary. Practice sliding your hand under your gecko and just holding it in the cage (you can keep your hand on the floor of the cage). It's likely that the gecko will walk out of your hand after a moment. When you feel confident with this, use your other hand to make a little "hide" for the gecko with one hand under the gecko and the other hand curled above it --kind of like the gecko is in a hand cave, not like you're imprisoning it there. As you and the gecko get more comfortable with this, it's likely you'll both progress to taking it out of the cage in that lovely "hand cave".

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