||Four years old|
girl's name is Citrus or CiCi for short. She is a giant leopard gecko at
about four years old and has a long way to go.
When I was nine, I wanted a reptile ... a gecko specifically but at that time I
would have taken any reptile. My parents hate reptiles so there was no way.
After begging for five years and really good school marks, they finally said
yes but I had to make the money and do the research myself. So for about
three months I researched on geckos and how to take care of them and had
written everything down and saved all of the money from babysitting.
Originally I wanted a boy gecko, because for some reason boys are more fond
of me then girls when it comes to animals. So when I went to the pet store I
asked to handle all of the boy geckos. So I did, and the worker said "Do you
want to handle the girl just in case?" I agreed, set on getting a boy, but
when she handed me this beautiful girl she said "be careful this one bites."
I was careful and instead of biting me she crawled all over me and licked my
fingertips. The worker said she has never done that with anyone before, so
she must really love me! The worst part was learning that if they didn't sell
her soon they were going to just send her away anywhere else, so I just had
to take her! I bought her and reserved her and she waited for me at the pet
store for about a week. After I had bought the tank and food I took her home
with me as well. She was scared when she first came home but she caught on to
the idea of the good life very quickly.
Now that she is my very own she has become a lot more calm and less agitated.
I suppose this is because she is home and no more dogs barking and cats
mewing and all of the other sounds of a pet store can freak the poor thing
out. I think she is happy to have a nice quiet home now. Her personality is
just super! She can be very happy but can change to sassy, too! One time when
I put her mealworms into her food dish she then proceeded to poop in it ...
that is one way to say "I'm not hungry!" I guess.
She knows one trick where I rub her mouth and she opens it for hand feeding,
if I chose to do so that day. She is very affectionate! She loves to cuddle
and be around me! I am holding her as I type this, actually, and she is being
adorable as usual. She does have a favorite game where if I raise my leg as
high as it can go when I am sitting I then put her on my hip and she proceeds
to climb to the tip of my toes! Her reward is a good belly rub when she does
so! She loves her belly being rubbed and her head ... her tail, not so much!
I have included a picture of her when I was about to rub her belly ... as
soon as I tip her on her back she lays still ready to get a good rubbing!
She actually answers to her name, too. If I am holding her and say "hey
Citrus," or "CiCi" She looks at me ... she really is a truly smart adorable
gecko! She is very well behaved and very very photogenic!
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