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October 2, 2009

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Nimrod, the Pet of the Day
Name: Nimrod
Age: Four years old
Gender: Male
Kind: New Caledonian Crested Gecko
Home: Williamston, Michigan, USA
   Nimrod is a Crested Gecko, and he was named after the sea creature on the shortlived TV series "Surface." It seemed to fit his goofy personality. While his brother Raptor was a calm and passive gecko growing up, Nimrod was flighty and loved to jump.

    Crested Geckos can come in a variety of colors and patterns. While they were very similar in appearance when young, Nimrod kept his nice chocolate brown appearance (and added spots) while Raptor is now a pretty yellow with some striping and spots.

    When Nimrod was around two years old, he dropped his tail. This is a survival mechanism in the wild. In captivity, they can drop their tails for a number of reasons including fear, mating, attacks from tank mates, or simply just because they obviously thought it was a good idea, though you're left scratching your head when none of the prior listed reasons fit! laughs. Unlike some species of gecko, though, Cresteds will not grow their tails back, so you are left with what is fondly called a 'Frog Butt.' It took some time to for us get used to Nim's new look, but it suits him.

    Each gecko I have has its own unique 'personality' of sorts. Nimrod was pretty flighty but he seems to have mellowed some with age. And we love him just as he is.

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