Hello~ I just wanted to formally try to introduce myself. I originally come here a few months ago after rescuing a cute little crestie from a local Petco. However, if anyone remembers me, I disappeared shortly after joining up. I have an explanation for this, but be forewarned, it's a sad one.
Shortly after getting my first crestie, Houdini, I knew I'd fallen for cresties. I constantly looked for better ways to keep her occupied, kept her on a strict diet of CGD to keep her healthy and added in a monthly herp vitamin on the advice of a local breeder to keep her in tip-top shape. I was ecstatic after joining up here and was looking forward to giving Houdini the best life possible.
She was, in my opinion, the best crestie ever. I could always have her out and let her crawl about knowing she wouldn't go too far without running back to my hand. She was also VERY vocal. Always chirping about something that moved, or tasted good, or even if she just felt like singing! I swear she smiled too.
However, shortly after having her, I noticed she became obese, and a few days later, she laid eggs. As it turned out, the petco had unknowingly housed her with an adult male. The only problem was Houdini was barely 6 months old, and to already be laying eggs this young could present health problems. I was scared for her and did my best to (with veterinary help) give her all the care she needed and any extra vitamins that were necessary.
Unfortunately, after laying a second clutch, the stress of laying took Houdini, and she passed September 26th, 2009. I still can't really say the story without crying, and I loved her so very much, I just wish and hope she could know her mommy loved her. I'd give anything to have her back. Being such a new member to these forums though, I felt as though I didn't want to stress anyone here and that it was better if I just took some time off to mourn.
But, it didn't take long for cresties to come to my life again. I was wandering in a LLL Reptile when I saw they were having a crestie sale. So, mused, I went to see their stock. I was saddened to see about 30 geckos all cramped up in a single cage and very distressed to see one, barely moving, with open sore and cuts in the bottom. :-? Instantly, I knew the one that lay dieing needed someone to at least give him a place to pass in dignity. So I took him home, put him in a clean cage and spent all night softly talking to him and offering him food. Surprisingly, he made it through the night, and continued to grow.
I've had him for about 2 months now, and decided it was time to try and re-join this friendly community. His name is Flamestar, and he a blonde brindle male (tail less) who's approximately about 5 months old. (He's a tiny fella but I love him, he also has a very spastic personailty.)
I also recently was asked to watch over a BIG boy I call Kingston, however, he may not be with me for long, as I'm only boarding him for the moment, but he a riot. He's about 2 years old and is a rich flame pattern with a beauty of a tail.
Although Houdini is gone, and I will miss her for a long while, Flamestar needed someone to love him, and although I know I won't look for him to replace Houdini, I love him for who he is, and hope I can provide him with all the love and care he would wish for. The same goes for Kingston as well, although I in no way want to overstep my bounds as I am only his surrogate mommy, as his mommy is gone for the moment.(But I love him too!)
So, yes, I was gone, but I would like to rejoin this community. Everyone here was very friendly to me as a new owner. And I'd love to continue to make new friends. Anyone want to talk? I'd love to hear from all of you. Oh! And I'll post up pics of Flamestar soon! He's a little camera shy, but I'll try to get him to say hello.