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  • Gargoyle Behavior - What does noise/tail wag mean?

    We have a 1 1/2 year old female (we think!) gargoyle gecko who we socialize with daily. She is very friendly and has never exhibited any odd behaviors; however, I was petting her side/belly yesterday and she started making a noise (not chirping) and then twitching/wagging her tail and head. She didn't appear negatively bothered by it (i.e., she didn't try to run away) but I don't want to stress her if the petting bothers her. Does anyone else's gecko do this? Should I be concerned? We pet her all the time and she seems to enjoy it (or at least put up with it!).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJRCg...ature=youtu.be

    Thank you!

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    I don't have any experience with gargoyle's myself, but I know cresties can wag their tails when they're distressed and it should be taken as a warning sign that they may drop their tail if the aggressor persists. It looks to me like your garg doesn't appreciate being pet like that so I would find other ways to bond with your little girl
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    • #3
      I have two gargs now and from the experience I had with the first one wagging usually means there trying to get your "the predators" attention to go after it rather than its body

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      • #4
        I disagree. That response is more like a gecko refusing a mate. The head shake is what really especially makes me think that. When a female isn't ready to breed, she will make a sound, wag her tail, and shake her head. She's saying, "No, I don't want to mate with you."
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Crestielovely View Post
          I disagree. That response is more like a gecko refusing a mate. The head shake is what really especially makes me think that. When a female isn't ready to breed, she will make a sound, wag her tail, and shake her head. She's saying, "No, I don't want to mate with you."
          Totally agree!!
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          • #6
            Yup, agree with the "back off, sexual harasser" response.
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            • #7
              I totally 4th that.
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              • #8
                Yep I was going to say "back off" as well!
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                • #9
                  Thanks to all for the responses! I won't be petting her belly anymore since I don't want to mate with her as much as she doesn't want to mate with me :-). My 9 year old thinks it's very funny that her gecko doesn't want to marry me! Thanks again!

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                  • #10
                    I've had both of those happen. My older female has done the head shaking think to the male, but my new female will wag the tail if I take her out at a bad time.

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                    • #11
                      Your description is identical to the actions of a female crested when they don't want to marry either. Also, by her reaction sounds like a girl to me, lol

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                      • #12
                        my baby garg is so chill that it lets me pick it up by it's tail. but sometimes if i pick him up he will make a very strange sound. not chirping, more like a balloon deflating.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mealworm22 View Post
                          my baby garg is so chill that it lets me pick it up by it's tail. but sometimes if i pick him up he will make a very strange sound. not chirping, more like a balloon deflating.
                          DO NOT pick it up by the tail. My gosh, do you want it to lose it's tail?

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                          • #14
                            Agreed - NEVER pick up a gecko by the tail - at some point, they will drop it - it's their defense mechanism from predators!
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