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November 5, 2011

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Mahuika, the Pet of the Day
Name: Mahuika
Age: Seven months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Crested Gecko
Home: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
 
   Hi. I would like to introduce my crested gecko! 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. They are now bred in captivity as pets, which is how I got him.

    I named him Mahuika after the Maori god of fire because of his fire morph patterning. He turns a deep chocolate brown with yellow fire markings at night. He enjoys blueberry and sweet potato baby food as well as the occasional crickets. He also has the great attitude of "I can't see you so you can't see me". He'll hide behind a leaf on the glass in the front of his enclosure and go to sleep even though everyone can see him. He also likes to sleep in the weirdest positions with legs stretched out and with his head down. He is a fascinating pet!


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