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    I have had two adorable babies for about a month now. I gave them 2-3 weeks to chill out and get used to the new place. I have since started handling. Honestly it's been going really well. I'm just patient and I help guide them onto my hand. Once they are on the hand and realize I'm not here to hurt them they relax and be their hoppity lil' selves. I only handle them for about 15 minutes and then return them to their enclosure. My question is if it's okay to do a daily 15 minute handling. They do not seem stressed in that they still eat, they climb around as normal and aside from when I go to pick them up they are not flighty at all. I just want to be sure I'm not missing anything. After all it's not like they can tell me something is bothering them . Oh and how I can tell they've calmed down on my hand is they slow down and lick at my hand, their eyeballs, etc... I remember reading that geckos when relaxed will seek to taste their environment and just chill aside from doing their hopping thing.

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    Congrats on getting your two scaly babies!
    As long as you watch for signs of stress and your geckos are otherwise doing well, I think you can keep handling your geckos as you do.
    Are you keeping the two together? If yes, you should also watch for signs of stress due to fighting/bullying, and be ready to separate them if they both turn out to be male, or even male and female (you don;t want to breed the female too young, or have the male try to mate with her constantly).
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    Right now I am keeping them together in a 12x12x18 enclosure. They do not appear to fight or bully each other at all. They will often hang out/sleep next to each other but largely do their own thing and keep to their own. I will definitely be separating them regardless because they are from the same clutch. I did learn that they could breed early and I certainly would not want that for obvious reasons. Aside from not eating are there any subtle signs of stress I should watch out for?
    Thanks so much for your reply!

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    I have mine since 4 days now and i feel the progress is fast but with no problems at all.First day i only handled him because i took him out of the box to check him for the first time and he was calm.Then i put him into hes new home.Gave him Repashy from a stick and i know i should have let him eat on hes own first before hand feeding so i did.Next day he started shedding and when it was done i had to check it if there are no remains of shed but i only took him out for a minute and luckily he had a perfect shed.Third day morning i saw he licked half of the food out of the bottle cap so hes eating and he even left a gift on the lower parts of the vine ... And on 4th day i upgraded hes home so i took out everything to do a full clean and to schedule cleaning for weekends and i handled him first time for 5 minutes.I checked hes weight (18g) did the hand walk,did the hand jumps and he licked my hand a few times.He never tryed to escape or runaway and looking at hes breathing he was calm.Hes 6 months old but i guess he was handled before me and thats why hes friendly and less stressed.Sorry for writing a book xD but its hard not to talk about them but my point was that when to start handling a gecko depends on many things.I heard owners handling them since first time and everything is perfect and some owners after 3 weeks they still try to run away from the big hand.Every gecko has a different personality.

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    And for an awesome update I took my smallest baby out for a little handling today, Niele, and she ate food off of my finger! That was amazing, the trust! All I did was dip my finger in the repashy and bring it to her nose, she started licking almost immediately. Now she's settled in for a little nap and I am the happiest crestie mom right now

    By the way, I know it is too early to tell gender, I just feel Niele is a girl. Not sure about Kunia, though.

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