Leopard Gecko handling - Paw Talk - Pet Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-29-2009, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
Newborn Pup
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: laramie
Posts: 3
 
Leopard Gecko handling

Okay, my leopard gecko always acts wierd when I try to pick him up. The dude freaks out and gets all jumpy. He acts like im going to kill him or something. I try and try to get him calm but its impossible. Does anyone have suggestions on how i can handle this situatin?
Ballpython is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-29-2009, 09:06 PM
Paw-Talk Lifer
 
Kendalle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Iowa
Posts: 5,083
  
Some will always be jumpy. I assume you have snakes, lizards are a whole different world. Snakes don't care most of the time, lizards are known to be more skittish.

If you come from the top it scares him he thinks you are a bird. try to just be in there and let him come up lick your hand and walk over you

[/CENTER]

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Kendalle is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-30-2009, 09:06 AM
Adolescent Pup
 
alfie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 222
 
give him time and sit with your hand in the cage at night when he wakes up. most of the time they will tame down once they realize you aren't going to hurt them. it just takes patience. grabbing him will scare him out of his mind. let him approach you.
alfie is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-30-2009, 11:10 AM
Resident Aquarium Nerd
 
Sasami's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Age: 28
Posts: 9,930
   
The only way to really "tame" a reptile is by continuing to handle him. Try holding him in the tank at first, near the ground, before you start lifting him out of the enclosure.

But I have to ask--is there a reason you need to handle him? If he's really stressed out about it and doesn't calm down you might just want to leave him alone except when needed (like when cleaning his tank). Remember, reptiles don't really enjoy being held, some just tolerate it or perhaps like the warmth of your body/treats you give/etc. Even my two very "tame" reptiles, my ball python and my crested gecko, are only handled enough to keep them calm since I bring them to schools on occasion.

How long have you had him?




~Stephanie

"We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice."


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.




Sasami is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-30-2009, 11:42 AM
Paw-Talk Lifer
 
Kendalle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Iowa
Posts: 5,083
  
I wouldnt say that all reps don't like being held, larger ones seem to, like iguanas, bearded dragons, monitors and such normally have an opinion about if they like to be held or not.

In fact normally my ig doesn't care either way, some times she doesn't want to be picked up, last night she wouldn't leave me alone she wanted in my arms, under my face, on my back she wouldn't let me move away from her.

[/CENTER]

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Kendalle is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-30-2009, 01:01 PM
Resident Aquarium Nerd
 
Sasami's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Age: 28
Posts: 9,930
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kendalle View Post
I wouldnt say that all reps don't like being held, larger ones seem to, like iguanas, bearded dragons, monitors and such normally have an opinion about if they like to be held or not.

In fact normally my ig doesn't care either way, some times she doesn't want to be picked up, last night she wouldn't leave me alone she wanted in my arms, under my face, on my back she wouldn't let me move away from her.
It's just my opinion. I don't think we understand enough about them to really say either way. Some might enjoy body warmth, food, or maybe even the freedom from their cage--but I'm not going to say that my reptiles love me or anything because I don't think it's true. Although I certainly love them, I don't think they'd be heartbroken if I suddenly disappeared as long as they got the same care.

It's one thing if the animal seems relaxed about handling. But if the animal is really stressed out and keeps trying to get away then I don't see the point in handling them. It's not like they need to be handled in order to be healthy.

Like I said, it's just how I feel. We can't really know for sure .




~Stephanie

"We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice."


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.




Sasami is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-30-2009, 02:19 PM
Hello Earthling
 
canadiancritter's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Age: 25
Posts: 4,729
Blog Entries: 5
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ballpython View Post
Okay, my leopard gecko always acts wierd when I try to pick him up. The dude freaks out and gets all jumpy. He acts like im going to kill him or something. I try and try to get him calm but its impossible. Does anyone have suggestions on how i can handle this situatin?
If you are just picking him out out of the blue without hi knowing he is going to be very scared.

Let him get use to you, and let him know your safe before you go and pick him up.

Also never grab him from the tail, geckos can and will drop their tails.





canadiancritter is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-30-2009, 05:44 PM
Paw-Talk Lifer
 
Kendalle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Iowa
Posts: 5,083
  
Iguanas are KNOWN to be one person pets, they love one more than others. Some have been known that if the one person leaves for vacation they won't eat anything until they get back, kermie does this. Others if their owner rehomes them or leaves they have been known to eat nothing, turn black and die.

[/CENTER]

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Kendalle is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-03-2009, 09:16 PM
Newborn Pup
 
amandaols's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 23
 
Yep, just give him time. Work with him and be patient
amandaols is offline  
Reply

Tags
leopard gecko


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome