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    Hi all!
    I'm a fairly new crestie owner, we've had our little friend Squiggles maybe about two months or so.

    He's [?] quite young and quite flighty but since he's well settled in I'd like to get him used to a little handling - I feel it's at least somewhat important to be able to handle him to check his condition, weight, etc.
    Is there any best time of day/night to handle them?
    I've read on various occasions that our daytime is usually best for youngsters so they're less flighty, but I'm always worried disturbing his sleeping time isn't the best thing. I also see a lot of people who do videos handling theirs in what appears to be daytime conditions and the geckos don't seem too fussed.

    What morph is Squiggles?
    I have no clue! I just bought him as is and didn't think to ask, but I got curious and would like to know from someone who knows what they're talking about or looking at.


    The CGD seems to of changed recently, what's the difference?
    Pangea responded to this too and basically said the package has changed for ease but the ingredients are the same.
    I have a packet of Banana + Apricot, which now seems to be JUST apricot?
    The package for Banana + Papaya just says Papaya now, but the listing says Banana Papaya?

    I also just wanted to be sure that it's definitely okay to rotate through the CGDs - Watermelon Mango, Apricot, With Insects, Banana Papaya AND live feeding without any problems? I assume if weight gain was suddenly a huge issue then to cut back anyway, but just wanted to be sure none of these were specialised for weight gain or anything

    How much live food for live feedings?
    I was told by the store my crestie was eating size 2-3 feeder crickets, but exactly how many should I be offering for his live feedings? Just as many as he'll eat?

    Vitamins + Supplements?
    Edit: Pangea got back to me on this and said all the extra stuff wasn't necessary, just to dust feeders with a light calcium+D3 powder, so I ordered one of the ones they suggested in their care sheet, the ZooMed Repti Calcium with D3.
    Pangeas CGD I think contains all the vitamins etc that they need but I wanted to be sure? my store sold me some vitamin drops to put in his water and another supplement and I'm not sure if it's necessary or even potentially harmful to be offering so much of this stuff along with Pangea.
    It's Vetark Professional BSP vitamin drops and contains a whole bunch of stuff.
    I also have Vetark Professional Nutrobal which is a "calcium balancer and multivitamin supplement to help bone growth in snakes, lizards and tortoises" - Is this also definitely okay to be dusting my feeders in, or should I perhaps try for the one Pangea recommends, ZooMed Repti Calcium?

    I like the idea that Pangea supposedly offers everything all in one so that I don't need to supplement beyond what they suggest [light calcium + D3 for feeders only]

    This is my first lizard so I want to be doing right by this little guy
    Last edited by TheSquishyPenguin; 07-03-2018, 02:06 PM.

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    Most of them are completely fine with a hand being around the tank as long it doesn't try and pick them up. I find the best time to handle new geckos is when you catch them in a spot that you can get it to somewhat easily climb on to your hand rather then disturb its sleeping spot. If you put one hand in front of it just under its chin and raise its head up it will grab on with its front legs. Sometimes you have to touch its side or back legs to get it to completely jump on. If its shaking its tail like a rattlesnake after you touch its side or back leg then just leave it alone and don't touch it and if you don't get it on your first try/it runs and hides just leave it and try another day. The most important thing is that you give it the chance to get used to you and your hand first before you try and pick it up.

    Crickets- I give 3-4 once or twice a week. I would wait and make sure it's steadily eating the CGD first. If you feed crickets too often you run the risk of them not eating the CGD. If its not eating then giving one cricket will sometimes stimulate it's appetite. Crickets should be dusted every time you feed them. I've found a good calcium to dust with is repasy calcium plus. It has vitamin A and E where as other ones I've found don't. It has a picture of a leopard gecko on it. For females that are producing eggs I'll use that in a 50/50 mix with repasy supercal medium(more calcium without vitamin A and D).

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      Originally posted by Jeko View Post
      Most of them are completely fine with a hand being around the tank as long it doesn't try and pick them up. I find the best time to handle new geckos is when you catch them in a spot that you can get it to somewhat easily climb on to your hand rather then disturb its sleeping spot. If you put one hand in front of it just under its chin and raise its head up it will grab on with its front legs. Sometimes you have to touch its side or back legs to get it to completely jump on. If its shaking its tail like a rattlesnake after you touch its side or back leg then just leave it alone and don't touch it and if you don't get it on your first try/it runs and hides just leave it and try another day. The most important thing is that you give it the chance to get used to you and your hand first before you try and pick it up.

      Crickets- I give 3-4 once or twice a week. I would wait and make sure it's steadily eating the CGD first. If you feed crickets too often you run the risk of them not eating the CGD. If its not eating then giving one cricket will sometimes stimulate it's appetite. Crickets should be dusted every time you feed them. I've found a good calcium to dust with is repasy calcium plus. It has vitamin A and E where as other ones I've found don't. It has a picture of a leopard gecko on it. For females that are producing eggs I'll use that in a 50/50 mix with repasy supercal medium(more calcium without vitamin A and D).
      Thanks so much! I'm hoping with the new vivarium coming it'll be much easier for him to be in a spot where I can reach him without having to grab him. I'll definitely adjust how I'm handling him based on what you've said. I'm definitely cautious about his tail! I don't mind a frogbutt but since he has his tail I'd prefer to try and keep it Thanks so much for the advice, I hope I can build trust with him a lot easier now.

      Yup he's definitely eating his CGD, turns out we've actually had him about three months now, doesn't feel that long at all. I did manage to ask Pangea about the supplements I was given and they suggested basically what their care sheet says which is fine, I've ordered their suggestion.

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