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Comments for Wild Type or Designer, and a Final Note

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Comments for Wild Type or Designer, and a Final Note

The Prose and Controversies article last month about breeding wild type vs. “designer” geckos generated just two comments, which are reproduced below. The Prose and Controversies feature was begun nearly a year ago in the hopes that it would generate comment and discussion about husbandry and ethical controversies that are already known to exist in the gecko-keeping world.

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Three to get Ready: Rhacodactylus

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Three to get Ready: Rhacodactylus

Rhacodactylus geckos have taken a real hit in the past year. Stripped of the Crested and Sarasinorum Geckos (who are now in the genus Correlophus) as well as the Chahouha (now considered to be part of the Mniarogekko genus), what remains are the R. leachianus (discussed in the August 2012 installment of Three to Get Ready), R. auriculatus and R. trachycephalus.

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Breeding Feeders in Situ

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Breeding Feeders in Situ

For many of us, the bugs and worms we use to feed our geckos can be considered to be almost like a second “business” what with purchasing them, housing and feeding them, and trying to keep them from escaping during the transfer from their own habitat to the geckos’. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just produce our feeders right in the geckos’ cages?

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Prose and Controversies: Wild Type or Designers?

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Prose and Controversies: Wild Type or Designers?

Gecko keepers have many reasons for breeding. Two of the most common ones are: increasing the population of species that are endangered in the wild, and creating new and unusual colors and patterns for a particular species.

These goals can, and do, co-exist. However, proponents of each type may feel that the other’s goals are detrimental to the species.

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Three to Get Ready: Cat Geckos

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Three to Get Ready: Cat Geckos

Despite a rather controversial April Fool’s article there really is a gecko genus commonly known as “cat geckos”. As you will discover below, these geckos are unusual in their appearance as well as the way they move

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Attending Your First Reptile Show

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Attending Your First Reptile Show

A few years ago, I wrote an article for Gecko Time called “How to Vend at Your First Reptile Show”. It occurs to me that a similar article for people attending a first reptile show would be useful as well.

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“Geckos’ Needs/Keepers’ Needs” Comments

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“Geckos’ Needs/Keepers’ Needs” Comments

We received many thoughtful responses to our questions about balancing geckos’ needs and keepers’ needs. While the responses reflect the indivuals’ unique opinions, the consensus here, as you will see, seems to be a focus on “geckos’ health, keepers’ health”.

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Three to Get Ready: Parthenogenetic Geckos

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Three to Get Ready: Parthenogenetic Geckos

There has been much talk recently about egg-laying geckos that also occasionally reproduce parthenogenetically.  Today’s article, however, focuses on “obligate” parthenogenetic geckos, i.e. those who are ‘obligated” to reproduce asexually.  These geckos are generally quite small and live in desert or near-desert climates.  Incidentally, the process of asexual reproduction is called “parthenogenesis” and the adjective has been rendered both “parthenogenic” and “parthenogenetic”.  We have chosen to consistently use the term “parthenogenetic”.

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The Rubbermaid Tub Ideas

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The Rubbermaid Tub Ideas

We had high hopes for getting a lot of nice ideas about how to use these new Rubbermaid tubs with the clear front panel, especially since they inspired so much discussion on some of the reptile forums.
This has not happened.

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Prose and Controversies: Geckos’ Needs/Keepers’ Needs

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Prose and Controversies: Geckos’ Needs/Keepers’ Needs

Despite the title’s juxtaposition of the geckos’ needs and the gecko keepers’ needs, this issue isn’t so much an “either-or” situation, but a continuum where balance must be found between the two. The controversy comes in determining the appropriate place on the continuum.

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