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    Red face "Difficult" taming stories?

    I see a lot of people on here with their cresties who tame up really well, and who seem to really like them. These stories are very pleasing, and accompanied by cute pictures that I can squee happily over

    And then I look at Calcifer, my crestie, who will occasionally hop onto my hands for a walk, but (recently at least) mostly likes to try to bite my fingers, whilst exhibiting none of the fear signs I would expect. I have come to believe he's not a gecko that will ever enjoy handling, which is fine - he's still adorable, and I'll continue to try to get him used to short handling sessions as needed. He's 6 months old, and I've had him for 2 months.

    I was wondering if anyone else had any stories about geckos that took longer to tame/never really "took" to people that they'd like to share? Because I suspect these stories would be quite fun
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    I don't think my TAD really enjoys handling either, and he sleeps most of the time I am awake, so I don't pester him much. Most of my handling comes when cleaning his tank, and I just take some extra time to do some hand-walking with him, but he's always more than happy to hop back into his tank and hide under his favorite plant. Same with Calcifer, I think he's adorable, and I'm fine with him just the way he is. I am hoping, though, that my garg-to-come-in-April will take to handling a little more. I do like the interaction.
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    Fingers crossed for you! I'll have to start lurking on the garg forum come April then to hear about your new addition

    I'm hoping for some calmer interaction when he's a bit older and less prone to a) making stupid jumping decisions and b) darting around like a miniature Flash. Also, less biting as he gets bigger! I'd be more than happy with the kind of relationship you and TAD have, it seems nice and chilled
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    Haha, I'm in the "geckos hate me" group!

    Few years ago I bought one adult male and two hatchlings and they were all so scared of me and so jumpy that after half a year I decided that geckos are not for me and rehomed them to people who would enjoy them more. Then last year I found some facebook pages about cresties and my love for them was resurected. I decided that maybe I was just too inexperienced with reptiles and in summer 2016 I adopted two years old male that had some calcium problems in his past but is now perfectly fine.

    Unfortunately, Sticky Feet again is the gecko that hates all humans and I sometimes think that he would gladly kill us all :P But, now I have more experience, I tried all the methods recommended by people... None of them worked so he is just a display animal, I really hate making him stressed with handling, so I decided to let him be and don't force him unless necessary....

    That being said I still dreamed about being able to handle a gecko at least a little without him having a panic attacks... So I bought my newest Zoltan, the black eyed crestie I posted yesterday and he finally is the one that let's me handle him (well, he walked on my hand all by himself, it's a miracle compared to all my previous cresties!), today I checked him to see what roaches size he can eat and he was calmly just looking at me to see why I'm waking him I guess it all just depends on the individual character, I had 5 "scaredy jumpers" before I finally found a calm one... That being said I also believe that you can try to work with your crestie, but some will just be terrified of us, no matter what we try, in which case they should just stay as display animal and don't be forced to play with us.

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    One of my males -- I've had him since he hatched -- used to be the king of freak-outs. He would run around in a complete panic any time I opened his cage door. I was afraid that he was going to drop his tail.

    It took months and months for me to tame him.

    First, I let him out of his cage frequently, not to handle him much, but to let him climb to the top of a 6' coffee tree so that he could look around. I'd let him spend around an hour there every evening.

    Eventually, he began to associate me with visits to his favourite tree. He eventually began to seek out my hand whenever I would open the cage.

    During mating season (apparently December to May or so around here), he courts my hand, biting it and singing to me. He is my tamest gecko now.
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    I have a range of geckos from super sweet ones that will let you do anything, to a couple of spastic freak monsters (thankfully this is very few). The majority were on the jumpy side at first but became handleable without too much fuss.

    The first "crazy" guy I had to deal with would freak out anytime I opened his tank. I spent several months trying to slowly get him used to my presence, try desensitizing him while his was in his tank, then try to let him come to me instead of me approach him, etc and never seemed to get anywhere with him. Then one day I had to do something a few rooms away from his tank (I forget if I had to get CGD off his toes or something and left a deli cup somewhere else) - he was a freak monster at first and I had to practically juggle him so he wouldn't leap to who knows where while trying to run all up my arms. But after leaving the room with his tank, all of a sudden he became a completely different gecko and for the first time in around 6 months he would just....walk....and....stop, lol. Turns out that this dude for some reason gets extremely stressed out when being handled by his home territory (even now, he still will run around like its the end of the world when I first get him out), but once I leave the area he calms down very quickly and becomes a "normal" gecko.

    I have another notable gecko, who is horribly cranky. She even seems to have a continuous "resting B face" whenever I look at her, lol:



    She is one of the few cresties I have been bitten by, and she also has extra "angry" vocalizations, including some throat clicks and hisses. I think she wishes she was born a leachie, lol. She also, rather than running around like a maniac, seems to try to patiently time things so she can suddenly leap away when you least expect it, and is the least predictable of my cresties. She doesn't seem to fear me like the jumpiness behind most cresties, more like she just hates people . She is one of the few ones that eventually I figured she is happiest left alone and I don't attempt to try further "taming" and just accept her as her cranky self.
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    With my geckos I have the impression they go through phases, and their handleability depends on their mood.
    My hatchling crestie Pumpkin was so flighty at first that I only handled her inside a screen tent (she was also my first gecko, so I may be permitted a little 'owner freakout' ). She is now 1 1/2 years old, just over 30 g, and far from calm. I would not call her shy, though, but rather outgoing. She actually seeks me out when she sees me, and she loves to run around on my arms and get in my hair. She has never shown any aggression to me, but she is such an aggressive hunter that I would not consider hand feeding her. She does not even lick her crested gecko diet, but chomps on anything edible. Her wild personality makes her an extremely fun gecko to keep - and feed .

    My male geckos (one crestie, one chahoua) seem to be a bit more sensitive. They calmed down fairly quickly with regular short handling sessions, but recently they both have gone through a phase where they would first calmly sit on my hand, but then jump and run off to the next available dark spot (typically under a cabinet) whenever an opportunity presented itself. On one of these occasions I also spooked my crestie so badly that he was hiding in his tank for the next two weeks. He usually prefers to sleep out in the open, just hanging over vines, but after that he was hiding in his cave or under the paper towel.
    My chahoua usually lets me know when he is in handling mood or not. If he comes to the front of the tank and scratches the door, he usually wants to come out. It is pretty cute. But if he does not decide to come out of his tank by himself, he will run away from me if I try.
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    This is Satan's Little Helper.

    He has been a little turd since he hatched.

    He:

    - attacks me when I try to do anything in his enclosure
    - runs around like his tail is on fire, at all times
    - literally smashes into the glass of said enclosure trying to attack me when I walk by
    - is extremely fast and led me on more than one mad dash to reclaim him after he does suicide jumps out of the enclosure
    - is a jerk

    Absolutely nothing has worked as far as taming, and he's coming up on a year old. He does eat well from tongs, at least.



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    This is kind of off topic, but I do think that the breeder plays a part in the gecko's personality.
    For instance if the breeder is a loving, caring owner and takes the time to handle the gecko and interacts with it on a daily bases the gecko will be have a different disposition then one where the breeder doesn't care to interact with and just snatches them out when they need to clean the cage, or move the animal. I have many geckos where buyers have come back and said to me "Wow, it's so tame!" or "My gecko is so calm!" and then it is when I realise (Lol, it finally hits me) all the hours of desperate (lol) taming sessions and outings from their tank. I think that we, as breeders, do play a big role in the early stages of the gecko's life. It is are responsibility to (at least try to) sell a well socialised gecko. But then of course, there are just those handful of geckos with that have a disposition where they don't want to be touched. Just left alone, and they are content.
    I don't know... Those are just my thoughts and perspectives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Niffarious View Post
    This is Satan's Little Helper.

    He has been a little turd since he hatched.

    He:

    - attacks me when I try to do anything in his enclosure
    - runs around like his tail is on fire, at all times
    - literally smashes into the glass of said enclosure trying to attack me when I walk by
    - is extremely fast and led me on more than one mad dash to reclaim him after he does suicide jumps out of the enclosure
    - is a jerk

    Absolutely nothing has worked as far as taming, and he's coming up on a year old. He does eat well from tongs, at least.
    Don't get me wrong - but I love him :-). He looks cute, though.
    1.1.0 Crested Geckos "Jackson Pollock" and "Pumpkin Spice" 1.0.0 Chahoua "Urmel" 1.1 Red eared sliders "Freddy Krueger" (25 years) and "Mucki" (45 years) RIP Peppermint (Green Anole)

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