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How I Got Rid of Grain Mites

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How I Got Rid of Grain Mites

There is that awful moment for those of us who keep our feeders (meal worms, crickets, superworms, etc.) in gutload grain bedding when we realize that the bedding has been infested with grain mites (Acarus siro). Although the grain mites themselves aren’t particularly harmful to feeders, geckos or humans beyond possibly causing a mild, itchy, allergic reaction, they’re nearly impossible to get rid of without discarding the bedding and, inevitably, the feeders it houses.

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What’s Up With the Gecko Time Editors?

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What’s Up With the Gecko Time Editors?

It’s generally accepted these days that collaboration is not limited by geography. With all the tools at our disposal, from the internet to skype, people can work together easily while living half a world apart. This is definitely true: Gecko Time has published regularly for two and a half years with seamless communication between its co-editors, one living in Massachusetts and one in Georgia. So how could things change with Matthew Kammerer, owner of the Gecko Time site, moving to Cambridge Massachusetts, just 5 minutes away from his co-editor, Aliza Arzt? Answer: for the better!

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Breeding on a Small Scale Revisited

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Breeding on a Small Scale Revisited

In April 2009, after breeding leopard geckos for 4 seasons, I wrote an article for Gecko Time about breeding leopard geckos on a small scale. Since its publication, the article has consistently been the second or third most read on the site. Now that I ‘ve been breeding geckos at this level for another 3 seasons, I thought I would update my views and advice since new issues have arisen that I didn’t consider earlier in my breeding experience.

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Gecko Time Interviews “Geckos of the World” Photographer

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Gecko Time Interviews “Geckos of the World” Photographer

Gecko Time was recently informed about a stunning new photography book about geckos of the world compiled by Edgar Wefer. We decided to interview him to let our readers know about some of the background behind this gorgeous work.

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Fun with Hets: Leopard Geckos Teach Genetics 101

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Fun with Hets: Leopard Geckos Teach Genetics 101

A successful reptile breeder, in addition to knowing the mechanics of breeding and caring for hatchlings, must also understand basic genetics in order to plan and execute reptile pairings. In addition, the only way to make a positive contribution to herpetoculture requires the ability to provide the genetic history of the animal he or she produces.

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Readers’ Questions Answered: Leos and Leachies

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Readers’ Questions Answered: Leos and Leachies

Here are two questions about two different geckos, both of whom happen to have names starting with “L”. As you will see, in one case the respondants are in agreement and in the other there is some difference of opinion.

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The Yearly Cycle with Geckos

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The Yearly Cycle with Geckos

Caring for geckos is a skill that can be learned quickly at a basic level, but can deepen over the course of years as the keeper learns more about a species in general and his or her own geckos in particular.

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Readers’ Questions Answered: Creature Behavior

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Readers’ Questions Answered: Creature Behavior

The creatures we have under our care, whether they are feeders or pets, can mystify us with their behavior as we strive to understand them and provide the appropriate conditions for them to thrive.

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Eggs?!  Help!

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Eggs?! Help!

Breeding season for most geckos is in full swing and gecko forums are full of anxious questions about eggs and incubation: Is my moldy/dented/shriveled/green and gooey egg OK? Why haven’t I gotten any fertile eggs yet? When will my gecko ovulate/lay her eggs? When will my eggs hatch? Face it, we’re much more broody about those eggs than the geckos.

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Readers’ Non-Questions “Answered”

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Readers’ Non-Questions “Answered”

Our April Readers’ Questions have been answered! Take a peak at the results.

Question 1: I have been doing a lot of research about substrates and am having a hard time finding the correct one.  First I tried repti-carpet, but none of the colors went with my décor.  I tried switching to newspaper and  paper towel, but they both rip every time anyone walks through.  Then I read the article in Gecko Time about bio-active substrate.  I went to the woods with my dump truck, got the sand at Home Depot and made up a batch.  I installed it in the whole house, but we’re tracking it all over the place. What else can I do?

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Gecko Time understands why people enjoy keeping geckos. Run by Aliza Azart, our content ranges from in depth breeder interviews to species spotlights in which we highlight different geckos and deliver detailed care guides and articles.

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