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May 22, 2006

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Drusilla, the Pet of the Day
Name: Drusilla
Age: Six months old
Gender: Female
Kind: Crested Gecko
Home: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
   This is my crested gecko Drusilla. Her species is native to New Caledonia, but she was captive bred. Crested geckos were only rediscovered in 1994 in New Caledonia, a island country west of Australia and north of New Zealand. They were thought to be extinct until large colonies were found on the island of pines and some satellite islands. They are a nocturnal and arboreal gecko. This means that they live up in the trees but also come down to the ground. They are called Crested Geckos because they have elongated scales starting above their heads and run down along their back. They also have a prehensile tail, which allows them to grip leaves and branches with it.

    Drusilla is about six inches in total length, and is velvet brown with a few "tiger" strips on her sides. She can be handled but is skittish and likes to jump, so you have to be very careful to make sure she doesn't jump out of reach - she'd be very hard to catch again!. She eats mainly fruit baby food (blueberry, and kiwi seem to be her favorites), and has crickets 1-2 times a week. Isn't she beautiful?

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