I really need to stay out of the Craigslist Pets section. I scan it looking for husbandry equipment - maybe I'll find an awesome deal on an ExoTerra or ZooMed cage one day - but occasionally see ads for cresteds. The last one I took from a craigslist ad had issues, and needed a couple hundred dollars in vet care.
I Emailed someone about their crested gecko for sale this morning. The ad reads like this:
Okay, so I Email them, asking about his age, sex, diet, and pictures. Then they send me this:We are moving and need to find a home for flames. He is around a year old. Loves people. Lost his tail. Comes with 10 gallon tank, plants, heating pad, Bag of coconut shells. food rock, and small log. all for $80.00 if bought in pet store woulod cost over $150
Then they sent these pictures:Jennifer,
We got him from store name here about a year ago. They said he is a male. He eats crickets and baby banana food. I will try to find a picture. We are getting ready to leave tonight for two weeks. If you decide you want him I could meet you this afternoon,Thanks, Jenny
First off - he's SO fat! Secondly, I'm not so sure he's a "he". I'm not so sure that what I see is a bulge... he's bulging out everywhere.
And finally - I won't pay them $80 for a fat and likely unhealthy gecko and a totally inappropriate cage. Chances are after a year of banana baby food, he's got some sort of health issue other than the pudge. Plus, he'll have to be switched off of that candy to CGD which I am imagining to be a bear to do.
I Emailed them back, trying to gently tell them that the baby food is pretty bad, along with links to Bubba and Xavier to show just how bad it is, and a link to Petco showing the bottle of CGD that they should be feeding. I also mentioned that the cage was inappropriate, and that it should be more vertical in nature, and have plenty of climbing branches in it. I said that I understood that they surely thought that they were doing everything right, but that the gecko very likely could start having health problems soon.
I offered to give them some CGD to get him started on the right track, or if they wanted I would take the gecko off their hands - but wouldn't pay them for it. I understand that they probably want to get some of their money back for him, and his cage and setup, and told them that if they decide to just try to sell him that they should at the very least send along a copy of a good care sheet, and sent them links to two good ones.
They will probably just ignore my Email, and go on with what they've been doing, and sell him to someone else who doesn't know anything about them, and they'll continue to do wrong. I'm sure I sound like a crazy person to them, or someone who is just trying to get their gecko for free. I mean, if I'd had a gecko for a year, and was caring for it the way the pet store told me to, and he was so fat and cute, I'd probably think that whatever I was doing was right. I just feel bad, because I want to help them and this little guy, but feel like I can't do much.