||Five months old|
is my leopard gecko, Rango. He's still a baby now, but growing fast! I
ran into a leopard gecko breeder at a reptile show last year who ignited an
enthusiasm for these adorable little geckos, and I just had to have one. I
researched, stockpiled supplies, and finally I was ready to bring him home.
I had an entertaining time at the pet store where a well-intentioned but
badly misinformed employee almost refused to sell Rango to me if I didn't
buy a completely unnecessary (and potentially harmful) UV lamp. Luckily,
common sense won out and I got to bring him home.
I've kept slow-growing snakes for more than fifteen years, so watching this
little guy shoot up in size is incredible! He sheds every ten to fourteen days, and
every time he's done shedding he's dramatically bigger and brighter in
color! He's very friendly, though we're still keeping handling to a minimum
to avoid him getting too stressed. Since he's active mostly at night, I
don't get to see a lot of him, but he makes bugs disappear at a tremendous rate!
Like most leopard geckos, Rango is very tidy. He uses the bathroom only in
one corner of his cage, which makes cleanup time very easy. His cage setup
is very basic, with a few caves for hiding, a "lizard hammock", and a moist
cave for him to use when it's time to shed. He doesn't seem to mind that
it's not fancy though, if I get up at night he'll be prowling around,
stopping at his food bowl for a bite every so often. Leopard geckos are
pretty easy keepers, which makes them a lot of fun for both new reptile
keepers and people with a lot of experience!
Reptiles may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love knowing that his
smiling face is there waiting for our next handling session or just relaxing
with his head poking out of his warm cave. Even when he's "hiding," he
always faces out, just in case I come along with some food, I suppose. He's
got such a friendly expression, he makes me smile every time I see him!
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