Acquired: Pet store
Posted Apr 13, 2015
We got Yoshi just over a year ago and she has always done very well. She did lose part of her tail once because somebody brought their dog over while she was out and the dog instantly ran toward her, frightening her. Other than that and the first few days at the house where she didn't want to eat much, she's been very healthy.
Yoshi is around two children (ages 4 and 9) a lot and does extremely well with them; she lets them hold her without running away or becoming frightened. She is also use to being around a cat, though we've, amazingly, never had an issue between the two.
Getting her habitat ready wasn't difficult at all and we've got a timer set up for the lights for when we are at work or will be out for a while and can't turn them on or off ourselves. She has a small log in her habitat which she usually sits on top of, especially when the light is on, though she doesn't hide underneath it as much as I thought she would. The humidity is pretty easy to keep, she's never seemed uncomfortable with it.
The only downside we've found is buying crickets for her and figuring out how much food she actually wants. The crickets started getting expensive, especially as she was growing and began needing more full-size crickets rather than just babies. She can be finicky when it comes to how much she wants to eat and when. We have to keep track of how many crickets we give her each time we feed her because, if she doesn't end up eating them soon after we give them to her, they end up dying and we don't want her habitat getting filled with dead crickets.
Overall, it's been a really good experience with Yoshi, especially for her being the first reptile we've ever owned.