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Posted by mikecoscia on November 21, 2002 at 11:29:01:
In Reply to: Re: Cresteds are born tame posted by Gecko_King on November 21, 2002 at 00:29:42:
True cresteds rarely bite, but they can and will do so like any animal if agitated enough. Every individual animal is different, some are “dog tame” others get agitated when you just look at them. I was hand feeding one of our females one day, one minute she was happily licking her fruit, then next she turned around and latched on to my thumb. One of our males used to hate me, and would gape and lunge at me anytime I was near. This gecko was very flighty for a while and even dropped his tail from just opening his cage for a daily feeding. He is much calmer today though and seems to have resolved his issues with me…hehe. Hatchlings also tend to be VERY flighty and easily agitated as the pic above shows. Care should be taken when handling them since they jump around like super balls. Anyway they rarely bite, but it does happen occasionally. Don’t worry though it does not hurt at all, unlike leachies who are famous for their painful bite….lol
As for shipping your going to need a Styrofoam insulated cardboard box (check out http://www.kingsnake.com/reptilepackaging/ for these). Place a few pieces of crumpled up newspaper on the bottom for cushion. Then put the container holding your gecko (should include some paper towels, and SLIGHTLY misted) on top of that. Then some more newspaper on top of that. Tape a 24-hour heat pack to the roof of the Styrofoam lid, place it on and seal up the box. A few tiny air holes should be added, but not so many as to loose heat. The box should also be clearly labeled of its contents and directions for shipping (keep warm, live reptile…etc.) I also like to put a picture of the animal on the box, and both English and Spanish shipping instructions. As for which carrier to use, I prefer to use USPS. Check out there site or your local post office for more details about shipping regulations of live animals. Good Luck!