I went to Tinley with the intent of picking up a nice birthday snake, if I saw one I really liked. I got Bram, my Malagasy hognose, on Saturday.
But then on Sunday, I walked out of the show with a crested gecko. I didn’t mean to- we were leaving the show and heading back to the train station when I picked him up. There was this lady in the bathroom with a crestie in a kritter keeper and I said how cute he was- and she said she was trying to get rid of him. He was a geck she’d bought her son back in October and she wanted to sell him (which isn’t allowed, non-vendors are not allowed to sell animals at the show) because her son had gotten bored of him. She then was telling me about how her son “loved” his crested geckos- he had five of them he kept together, but then one of them died, and he was afraid to take this one out and hold him because he was the one that harassed the others, being the biggest male in the tank- and yes, there were multiple males being kept together. She then mentions- and it’s after 4, the show’s technically over- that if she can’t find a buyer, she was just going to let him go in the parking lot and tell her son she found him a new home. I offered to take him off her hands, but she wasn’t going to let him go to to a new home without some money.
At that point, I seriously debated just grabbing the kritter keeper and sprinting out of there. But instead I offered her a handful of cash, which she made a big deal about taking- like I should be thanking her for how little I was getting him for- but at that point, I didn’t care, I just wanted to get him away from her. I feel kinda bad because I always tell people not to get impulse pets, but at the same time I don’t feel bad because she was going to let him go in the parking lot. I know I gave her money, but I’m more inclined to see this as a rescue situation than a purchase.
So yeah. This is him!
I have no idea how old he is, who produced him, or anything like that. All I know is that he’s fairly friendly- the lady said that her son was afraid to get him out because he was bitey, but he walked all over my hand and accepted water and gecko diet without any fuss when I took him out to weigh him- he still has his tail, and his calcium sacs are basically depleted. I know that males are typically going to have smaller calcium reserves, but I did want to check because I’ve got no history about what he’s been eating. Apparently he’s “picky” and won’t eat anything but watermelon Pangea, but he’s already had some Pangea+bugs with me, so I think it’s got more to do with the stress of cohabitation than anything else. He seems to be in decent health- other than low calcium and a bit of what appears to be nose rub, he seems fine! He weighs 48 grams and doesn’t seem to want to murder me, despite being told that he was “bitey” and “a psycho.” He’s got a vet appointment on Wednesday- I’m getting a full blood panel and an x-ray because I’m worried about MBD. If he poops before then, I’ll get him a fecal, but if he doesn’t, I’ll just get one when I can.
This is the cage I set up for him today. It needs more work- definitely more perches, and I might swap out the moss for something solid- but he’s being QTd in the closet right now, so I’ve got some time to pick up some more things! Definitely more horizontal perches and places to hide- maybe more leaves and foliage, too!