The ancient Roman satirical playwright Juvenal declared in one of his plays “Give them bread and circuses!” (panem et circenses).  His message was aimed at a Roman populace that cares only for the superficial entertainments of the age rather than engaging with the important issues of the time.  You may take that politically wherever you want, but our perennial April contributor, Ben Bargen, is, as always, thinking about geckos.

Bread

This year Ben has focused on produce rather than the bakery for his crowd-pleasing food items.  As you can see, his strawberries are already in season:

Strawberry enigmas by Ben Bargen

Strawberry enigmas by Ben BargenCircuses

As expected, the newly produced (not to mention very expensive) “Lemon Frost” leopard geckos are now being crossed into other lines.  Ben has crossed his with his hypo cheeseboard line to produce this hypo lemon frost leo which comes complete with cheeseboard and garnish:

Hypo Lemon Frost by Ben Bargen

Hypo Lemon Frost by Ben Bargen

Circuses

Faced with the impossible choice between displaying his acro-leos and his clown-masks, Ben went with the freak show theme for this season:

What do you get when you cross a spider with a leopard gecko? (answer right below)

Spider Gecko by Ben Bargen

Spider Gecko by Ben Bargen

 

What’s worse than one snow storm? A double header!  Check out the Mack snow albino(s) below that blew in:

Double Snow by Ben Bargen

Double Snow by Ben Bargen

 

In another kind of doubling, this is Ben’s nod to Dr. Doolittle:

pushmepullyou by Ben Bargen

pushmepullyou by Ben Bargen

 

The consequences of not watching your back:

Watch Your Back by Ben Bargen

Watch Your Back by Ben Bargen

 

A throwback to the old World War II warning “loose lips sink ships”:

Zip Your Lip by Ben Bargen

Zip Your Lip by Ben Bargen

Who knows what Ben will come up with next.  Check back next April to find out!

[ed. note: This article was written on April 1]

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Aliza is a home care speech therapist living in the Boston area. She has been breeding leopard geckos since 2005 and has also been successful in breeding Coleonyx, African Fat Tail and Gargoyle geckos. Other interests which she pursues in her copious free time include work in ceramics, practicing tai chi and surfing the internet.

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