Three to Get Ready: Viper Geckos

 /  Featured Articles  /  7 Comments  /  December 26, 2013

Three to Get Ready: Viper Geckos

Viper geckos, the tiny natives of Pakistan with the black and white ladder pattern, have become increasingly popular recently. They are relatively easy to keep and, because of their small size, don’t require much space. They were originally in the genus Teratolepis, which was later merged with Hemidactylus

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Enigma Syndrome in Leopard Geckos: An Autosomal Dominant Disorder

 /  Featured Articles  /  7 Comments  /  December 17, 2013

Enigma Syndrome in Leopard Geckos: An Autosomal Dominant Disorder

Usually, we don’t notice a gene until a mutation changes it. This is true for the vestibular system of Leopard Geckos. Around 2006 certain leopard geckos began to display equilibrium deficiencies, often (but not always) associated with the Enigma morph. These disoriented geckos were diagnosed with a disorder dubbed Enigma Syndrome.

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Comments for Wild Type or Designer, and a Final Note

 /  Featured Articles  /  3 Comments  /  December 10, 2013

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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Shannon’s “Not-So-Quickie Interview” With Rebecca From Dragoon Gecko

 /  Featured Articles  /  3 Comments  /  December 4, 2013

Shannon’s “Not-So-Quickie Interview” With Rebecca From Dragoon Gecko

I remembered that I had visited the Dragoon Gecko (DG) web site in 2011. Although it was in German (and my college German isn’t only rusty—it has died along with my Irish whiskey-damaged brain cells), I was fascinated with the scope of the DG projects and the fact that one of the most interesting aspects of their hobby was maintaining older, less commercial lines of Leopard geckos. “What a concept,” I remember remarking to no one in particular.

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Three to get Ready: Rhacodactylus

 /  Featured Articles  /  6 Comments  /  November 26, 2013

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

 /  Featured Articles  /  7 Comments  /  November 19, 2013

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?

 /  Featured Articles  /  3 Comments  /  November 12, 2013

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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Supplying Feeders to Alaska

 /  Featured Articles  /  4 Comments  /  November 5, 2013

Supplying Feeders to Alaska

Having a feeder shop to meet the demands of the ever expanding reptile trade is not a cakewalk nor is it for those who like a lot of sleep. When we prepare to order our inventory, there is no one place to get: waxworms, hornworms, silkworms, calci-worms, phoenix worms, crickets in all sizes, or even live mice in all sizes as well as frozen ones. Just about every food item comes from a place that specializes in that food item alone.

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Three to Get Ready: Cat Geckos

 /  Featured Articles  /  6 Comments  /  October 29, 2013

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

 /  Featured Articles  /  6 Comments  /  October 22, 2013

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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