Acquired: Pet store
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Posted Feb 17, 2014
Quite a few years ago, I decided I wanted to own a leopard gecko after seeing several at the local pet store. I'd never owned a gecko before, so I had no idea what it would be like or what type of pet a gecko would be. My kids were all for it, though, because they thought a gecko would be unique and cool.
We adopted Mr. Gecko and brought him home, along with the usual supplies needed, as advised by the pet store. In addition, we were told he would eat crickets or meal worms, so we originally started out feeding him crickets. Later, we gave him meal worms. Eventually we would alternate between the two tasty gecko treats. He liked them equally as well. We loved to watch him stalk the crickets, moving slowly and robotically as he neared them. Then, with a quick swipe, he'd get one into his mouth and eat it slowly, gnawing on it as the cricket's legs would hang out. This might gross some people out, but I found it fascinating -- and so did my kids!
Our little gecko loved to hang out and chill. He didn't mind being handled, and he seemed to react when you paid attention to him or talked to him. Cleaning his enclosure wasn't a big deal, either. Ours was a low-maintenance pet.
One word of caution: it's not a good idea to have a gecko if you have cats in your home. Ours always tried to get into the gecko's enclosure and so we had to be sure we put the cats up when we were away so they wouldn't get at the gecko.
We were sad to see Mr. Gecko eventually pass away. He was one mellow pet, and fun to watch as well. If you want to get a pet for your older children to teach them how to care for a pet, you might want to consider a leopard gecko.