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December 20, 2009

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Lucky, the Pet of the Day
Name: Lucky
Age: Eight months old
Gender: Female
Kind: Hypo-Tangerine Leopard gecko
Home: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
 
   I am a professional reptile owner/small breeder, mainly specialize in all types of lizards (with non-sticky feet), mostly leopard geckos, Bearded dragons, Tegus, and Monitor Lizards.

    I got Lucky and another gecko, Chance, as rescues while I was on kijiji.com. They were Posted as a "Breeding pair of geckos." The picture showing them was bad, Lucky had a weak, skinny tail, her spine stuck out, and her hips/ribs/shoulder blades showed as very well. Chance's picture showed the exact same condition. I contacted the man who had the two, and I said "They are in no way capable to be a breeding pair, and I will take them, but not for full price."

    The man said that sometimes if there was no food for them, he wouldn't feed them for weeks! I got to take them for just a small fee. After I had them for only a month, they looked nothing like they used to. Lucky has no more problems, did have a bit of sand in her, but is now healthy and happy, her color is a lot brighter now, too. They were kept on sand and, and while catching food, ate sand, which of course can cause a lot of health problems, some long-term. Chance is improving as well.

    When I first went to collect them, they were completely not hand-tamed. They would hiss/bark, and bite at me, and wouldn't eat with me around. They are now better, allowing me to pick them up for a little bit of time. This hand taming took around three weeks, and two hours a day. Now they are much tamer and will watch me, and will run to be fed.

    Both have been separated since I got them, Lucky is just too young to be with a male. They will both be living out the rest of their lives with me. These two are just a little too skittish to ever become a house pet with children, or to be a difficult starter pet. But it is good to see how healthy Lucky is now, and to know she will have a good life from now on.

    I wanted everyone to know they should not get a pet like a gecko without doing the right research and preparation. Beautiful creatures like Lucky need special care to thrive, and they are not for everyone. But I am glad she is here now.

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