i've never had a gecko or salamander, but i use to have a newt named King. I don't know what the name was of the exact kind he was, but he had an orange belly w/ black spots and every where else he was dark brown.
I had him about a yr. I don't know their lifespan so I don't know if he was very young or real old when he died.
but I loved him, and like chilli said you really aren't supposed to handle them that much, which I didn't often, but every now and then I enjoyed going over to his tank (which was a ten gallon ) and petting him and holding him for a few seconds. He loved to eat blood worms (I think that's what they're called, I haven't bought any in so long that I forgot what they were called for sure!) He would take them out of my hands! He was so sweet, then later on I got another one and named him Kong. He was alot skinnier and less tame that King and wouldn't eat out of my hand, but I loved him too. They were both a ton of fun and I enjoyed them so much!
I hope decide which kind of pet you want...they're all neat and fun to have I'm sure! \
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