Last weekend I attended the local Manitoba Reptile Expo and once again, I saw the passion and excitement behind many a reptile owner. (This is the second year I checked it out) While many people recoil in fear with the mere thought of having a reptile as a family pet, there are equally as many who not only embrace them, but rejoice in their existence. I think that's pretty darn cool.
If I was ever to seriously think of having a reptile as a pet, I'd have to say being a "gecko mommy" would be my choice. They're relatively small, enjoy being handled, don't require a super complicated environment and well, they're just so darn beautiful to look at.
(One very happy crested gecko!)
For those looking for a lowest housing "maintenance" reptile, I learned at the expo that the geckos do very well in just room temperature environments. As long as the room is kept humanly warm, but of course. (Mind you, some owners do like to provide heat as a precaution) I also learned that the Leopard Gecko is the most popular type of pet gecko and is perfect for gecko owning beginners.
(A very smiley leopard gecko)
Recently I was sent a book coincidentally enough which is all about raising happy and healthy Leopard Geckos.
"The leopard gecko has fast become the reptilian version of the parakeet or goldfish. Considered to be the first domesticated species of lizard, the leopard gecko is attractive, perfectly sized, and easy to breed. Leopard Gecko Manual takes a close look at all the characteristics that have made these attractive lizards so amazingly popular in the pet world. Written by a team of herpetoculture experts and gecko specialists, this up-to-date and authoritative guide provides reliable guidelines for keepers who wish to add a gecko to their vivarium and maintain their pet in excellent health and condition. This second edition is revised and expanded to include new sections on Gecko nutrition and feeding, housing, breeding, and banded Geckos."
The Manual covers a variety of topics and is filled with beautiful photos and informative tips.
How to select leopard geckos as pets or for breeding
Understanding the anatomy and behavior of these fascinating lizards
Feeding your leopard gecko a nutritionally sound diet, with the latest insights on feeder insects and prepared foods
How to design and maintain the ideal naturalistic habitat for your leopard gecko
Detailed information on all aspects of breeding, egg-laying, and incubation
What you need to know about skin shedding cycles and tail loss
Recognizing signs of disease and how to handle health issues
Special chapters on African fat-tailed geckos and other eublephar
So if you're thinking of taking the reptile ownership plunge and you're like me and partial to geckos, this book is ideal to get you started. (Note: Affiliate link) Now, if you chose to name him Gary, I'd totally understand that decision. It just seems like a no-brainer.