Meet the Hobbyist - Dan Thomas
Meet the Hobbyist - Dan Thomas

  Dan Thomas - Animal House Pets & Supplies 1. Tell us a bit about yourself, hobby, business- including what type of herps you keep, why do you keep them, why did you first start keeping them? We (Animal House Pets & Supplies) opened up on Dec 1st 2015 and are located in Mukwonago Wisconsin, currently only me running the store with help from family every so often. We are located only on facebook, a website possibly soon to come, and have many different reptiles, small animals, fish, and birds. Personally I work with the Rhacodactylus geckos, mainly Leachianus, and as of more recently the Oedura geckos. 2. What got you started in the reptile hobby, who was your mentor- who did you looked up to when you started? A friend took me with him to Captive Bred Specialties in Waukesha to get food for his dragons, and I liked the atmosphere of the store so I constantly kept going back. I started talking to Ryan and the others over there every time I was in, was introduced [ ... ]

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Best of 2015, What's coming in 2016
Best of 2015, What's coming in 2016

In our 12 Supreme Days of Christmas Give Away, I asked you for suggestions to improve this web site.  Thank you for taking the time to give me such great ideas.  Below, you will find them listed, my responses, as well as a quick Recap of the year.  I am really looking forward to 2016 and what the year will bring. Time is Not On My Side As many knew, work grabbed me around March-April and just consumed me.  I have been working on a huge project that will go in at the end of 2015.  Hours of around 60-70/week killed me!  Thank you Nanette for helping so much in the facility.  The web pages suffered as well as my social media presence.  The animals did ok but we did lose some key geckos that were getting up in age. Major Changes/Accomplishments $ First Time Hatchlings Cyrtodactylus elok Goniurosaurus kuroiwae Pachydactylus bicolor Pachydactylus rangei Teratoscincus scincus     New Arrivals  [ ... ]

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2015 Post Fall Tinley Animals Available
2015 Post Fall Tinley Animals Available

The following animals are available.  I will be bringing these to the SEWERFest and the Iowa shows the next month.  If you see an animal you are interested in, please let me know.  Please click on the photo to see larger image.       CR14100  -  FEMALE,  just stunning  $ 250       CR14201  -  MALE,  HIGH RED  This is the one!  $ 225   CR13023  -  MALE,  very nice harley pattern  $ 150   CR13032  -  FEMALE,  Great price on this 'cream sicle'    $ 150   CR13068  -   FEMALE,  Pinner  $ 225   CR13071-  FEMALE,  showing darker pattern  $ 175   CR13076 -  FEMALE,  another 'creamsicle'  $ 175      CR13103T  -  FEMALE,  darker harley  $ 200    CR13623  -  FEMALE,  check out the dalmatians  [ ... ]

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Meet the Hobbyist - Janet Margelowsky

  Janet Margelowsky 1. Tell us a bit about yourself, hobby, business- including what type of herps you keep, why do you keep them, why did you first start keeping them?  I am a retired Animal Technician and Dog Trainer. I first started keeping herps when I decided to take down my fish tank and turn it into a habitat for 2 Whites Tree frogs. Then about 3 days later, a Crested Gecko needed rescuing, and it took off from there. I now keep many crested geckos, 1 each Gargoyle, Leachie, Sarasinorum, and Chahoua. I also have a Tegu, Ball Python, Bearded Dragons, P. picta geckos and a Uromastyx. Those are just the herps I have, so you can see I am very much an animal person, always have been since I brought home my first toad. 2. Do you enjoy other, non reptile hobbies or activities? I am obsessed with Batman, and a collector of memorabilia. I enjoy reading (when I have the time), fixing things, and building things. My latest project is building cages for my reptiles, so [ ... ]

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Twas the midths of brumation
Twas the midths of brumation

'Twas the midths of brumation, and all through the facility,
Not a gecko was feeding, not one in visibility;

The food bowls were empty, all waiting for spring,
Empty all winter, offering not one little thing;

For temps were chilly, to this I attest;
Just take a peek at my tee-shirted perky man breasts;

For 3 months,  no food- but fresh, clean water provided.
They don’t eat, but certainly must stay hy-drited,  (hydrated?)
r/> Light cycles turned down, in 3 separate waves,
Causing gecko deep sleep, as if in their graves;

So much extra time during brumation-   Going insane!
Cleaning enclosures, washing dishes, think I’ll sweep the floor again;
r/> Nothing to do but dream about gecko pairings,
Leo A to Leo B with quadruple hets!  Am I that daring?!?

Such a computer geek, entering specie name, genetics, hope I don’t misspell, 
hank goodness for Bill Gates and Microsoft Excel;

Rows across, columns going down,
Breeding possibility, my- don’t they abound!
r/> Crested [ ... ]

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Meet the Hobbyist - Zane Johnson

  Zane Johnson 1. Tell us a bit about yourself, hobby, business- including what type of herps you keep, why do you keep them, why did you first start keeping them? My name is Zane Johnson, I am in high school, and I am the owner of AZ Rhacs Reptiles. I keep Crested Geckos, African Fat Tails, Gargoyle Geckos, and Leopard Geckos. Soon I hope to expand to Uroplatus, Nephrurus and other species of Aussie geckos. I have always loved animals and nature, but there was just something about geckos, and I really don't know what it is. 2. Do you enjoy other, non reptile hobbies or activities?   At the moment all my focus is on geckos and school, I really don't do anything else. 3. Most exciting thing that has happened in your life so far?  I have had the privilege to travel a great deal. I have gotten to go to New Zealand and Ecuador just to name a few places. Seeing the world has been great, and has been very exciting. My mom and my step dad run a non-profit ca [ ... ]

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Meet the Hobbyist - Allen Gibson
Meet the Hobbyist - Allen Gibson

  Allen Gibson 1. Tell us a bit about yourself, hobby, business- including what type of herps you keep, why do you keep them, why did you first start keeping them? Chasing Cresties consists of myself (Allen), Paula, and Chase.   We breed crested geckos only.  We started because Chase went to an expo several years ago and held a crested gecko for the first time.  Chase fell in love and we got a couple for him as pets.  They are addictive and here we are. 2. Do you enjoy other, non reptile hobbies or activities? I enjoy sports and other outdoor activities 3. Most exciting thing that has happened in your life so far?  Having an awesome son and wife to share all the fun with! Also having our DD Reptiles girls give us some "Superstar" Babies. 4. Do you have a couple breeders that have inspired you in the past? I have been following Derek Dunlop, then I purchased a couple of his breeders when he sold his geckos.  JB's cresteds was a big [ ... ]

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Meet the Hobbyist - Kasi Krauss
Meet the Hobbyist - Kasi Krauss

          Kasi Krauss 1. Tell us a bit about yourself, hobby, business- including what type of herps you keep, why do you keep them, why did you first start keeping them? Well, I’m Kasi Krauss, my business is Party Gecko, and my house is filled with all sorts of different scaly (and sometimes slimy) creatures.  I’ve kept a little bit of everything.  Right now my collection is made up mostly of gecko species - Sarasinorum, Ciliatus, Lohatsara, Tokay, Macularius – as well as a handful of pythons, some frogs, salamanders, and the like.  I started with reptiles when I was about eight by convincing my younger brother to give me his allowance to pool with mine so that I could buy a lizard from the local pet store – they had some wild caught anoles – my parents made a wise decision and found me a Leopard Gecko instead.  The animals are amazingly beautiful and remarkably underappreciated, which is one of the reasons that I keep  [ ... ]

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5 Steps to Preparing Your Gecko to Sell at the Rep...
5 Steps to Preparing Your Gecko to Sell at the Reptile Show

It's Thursday night. You're watching Dancing with the Stars and you realize that you need to think about getting your geckos ready for your first Reptile Show. What to do now?!!? The time to prepare for your first reptile show is NOT the day of, before, or even 2 days before. The time to prepare is now with- STEP 1 Obtain supplies  Most first time vendors sell their animals in margarine containers or some other container that really doesn't show off their animal that well.  A better solution would be to display your beautiful animals in nice deli cups.  Check into TSK Supply for some great prices on deli cups.  And how do you decide on size?  The best way is to measure the length of your animal and purchase a cup that will at least allow the gecko to spread completely out with room to spare.  The height depends on the type of gecko- day geckos require taller cups than crested, leopard, and pictus geckos.  Finally when purchasing cups make sure you e [ ... ]

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7 Things Your Gecko Wishes You Knew

1.  I LOVE waxworms.  I really do.  Feed me more please.  In fact, if you do, I will ignore any other food you offer and hold out for waxworms.  They are like Gecko Crack!  I know they are really really high in fat but OMG, I love waxworms.  (keeper's note-  feeding waxworms to your gecko is a great idea but ONLY a few at a time and not often.  We like to feed females waxworms early in the spring before breeding- but only 2-3 per week and only for a couple of weeks a year).
2. Any type of harness is not cool! I don't like to take walks and I don't like to be restrained when I can out checking out the neighborhood. Oh, and while I'm at it, dump the little Santa hats and sunglassess. You think that is a good look on me? Really? And don't even think about dressing me and my buddies up to look like dasher and prancer pulling a sleigh. Jeez!

3.  The little ceramic "Beware of Attack Gecko" signs don't work! I cannot hind under them. I c [ ... ]

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Five Ways to Handle Your Nightmare Customers

  I hope it is obvious to everyone why it is important for you as a business owner to handle difficult customer issues.  While it can be very frustrating working with a nightmare customer, it is certainly difficult for them as well.  Knowing what to do helps ease the stress level for both you and your customer.  As well, handled correctly actually gains a respect from the customer and also potentially a repeat purchase (this has happened for me a few times).  Finally, the last thing you want to have happen is for your customers to post all over the Internet that they are unsatisfied with your customer service skills, your product and ultimately your business.
As your business moves from a small, part time hobby to a full blown sales operation, you may find yourself in need of adding many skills you did not have before.  One of the skills is Customer Service.  This not only includes the Pre-Sale and Sale interactions you have with your customers b [ ... ]

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How to Name Your Reptile Business
How to name your Reptile business

I was driving down the road the other day in a remote part of town and passed a restaurant.  I wondered how this store could get any business being so isolated.  There were few cars in the parking lot.  Looking at the sign hanging over the door, you could tell it was old and weathered.  The store certainly was a Mom and Pop eatery just barely hanging on.  The thought was lost until a couple weeks later when I took the family out to eat and I found myself standing in line waiting for a table. This gave me time to think about that little restaurant from a few weeks ago.  I began wondering what the difference between the two might be.     I realized the first restaurant was in the wrong part of town but, so was this one.  There was an immediate association with the internet and web sites that do very well and those that do not.  I thought perhaps, the quality of their food, service, and even their price might not have anything at all t [ ... ]

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Australian Gecko Books

For my very first Book Review, I will give you a two-for! Two books reviewed for the price of one (well, it's still free). A couple of years ago, I ventured into the wild arena of keeping Australian geckos. Researching is a major part of successful care and breeding of any animal. I was off to web sites, magazine articles, and reptile shows to find out as much as I could about these animals. Talking to my Chicagoland area friends John Z and Harold C, I found they were extremely knowledgable on these animals but I just could not keep up with all the names they were throwing out there. I made mental notes of the gecko names... Oedura, Phyllurus, Nephrurus, Diplodactylus, Underwoodisaurus, Strophurur- WHEW! Too many names. I found a few on the web but wanted something easier to access. Off to Ebay and Amazon I went. There are currently two books available to the hobbyist- A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia (above left) and Keeping Australian Geckos (above right).  One was [ ... ]

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Why Some Gecko Businesses Thrive and Others Do Not...

Have you ever noticed that some reptile businesses seem to grow while others do not? Have you seen a business just like yours start up and simply take off while your business treads water or simply is not making it? Having consistently grown our Supreme Gecko business by 33% to as much as 100% over the past 5 years, I would like to share some ideas I have as to why we have been on the growing side of the charts. If you ask the question "What makes your business special" of any reptile business around, they will usually mention several f the following points- 1. We have the best animals 2. We have the best (most competitive) prices 3. We have the best service 4. We work harder than anyone else in the business. I have some eye opening news for you... Everyone feels their animals are the best, most beautiful, least expensive animals on the market and that they offer the most service and work harder than anyone else in the business. None of these factors will help you and your business  [ ... ]

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Pinterest Contest

  Drumroll please........   As we pick the winner, let me explain that this contest was intended to get people interested in one of the top Social Media sites around-  Pinterest.  This is a great place to find the best photos of some of your main interests-  home decorating, weddings, humor, inspirational quotes, and ESPECIALLY GECKOS.  Check out our Pinterest Page .   See a couple additional articles- Pin Favorites Some great Pinterest boards Interest in Pinterest  A great introduction of Pinterest and a few tips     And the winner is Kris Smith  (please provide your address so we can send you your new Temp Gun)
Congratulations and thank you everyone for participating.  Enjoy Pinterest!  Kris was #5 comment (I would have disqualified myself if #1 came up  :)  
 

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What is a Great Reptile for Beginners

You've all seen the reporter in the streets, asking random people specific questions like "What do you think on the new Diet Coke?".  Well, what would this be like asking fellow hobbiest questions about reptiles.  These are people keeping a few animals or a few hundred animals.  We should see some interesting, entertaining, and educational opinions.  We'll keep this going with other questions in the weeks to follow-   Today's Question-  What is a great reptile for beginners?   Krystal Salzmann (One of the most enthusiastic gecko keepers I know)  "I think the crested gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) is easily one of the best beginner reptiles. Their care requirements are pretty basic and they are very hardy, especially for those who want to handle their reptiles. The best part is that they don't require live foods, and their food comes in a powder form that you just add water to and the geckos lick it up. This is a bonus for parents who worry  [ ... ]

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How To Get Started Using Twitter
How To Get Started Using Twitter

You've either heard about it and were not sure how you could use it or you gave it a try and did not find it that helpful.  Well, I want to tell you that I am using Twitter with our business and it is working for us!   What's so special with Twitter?  When I first started using Twitter, the first tweet I received was "Having breakfast at 8 PM".  Um, wow.  Not that big of news.  I played around with a few tweets, followed a handful of people, tweeted, and even re-tweeted.  I gave it a shot for about 2 weeks then it sat on my navigation bar without a revisit for 2-3 months.  I kept hearing about the power of Twitter, especially for your business, but just didn't see it.  I'm a big blog/article reader, especially technical topics and sports stuff.  Over and over again, I saw "Follow Us on Twitter".  Finally I broke down again and built a list of Twitter-ers around my interests.  It wasn't long until I was getting the latest upd [ ... ]

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Crested Gecko or Leopard Gecko, which should be yo...

  Have you been thinking about caring for a reptile as a pet but don't have much experience in the area.  You've seen them in pet stores or maybe at a reptile show but are not sure what questions to ask to ensure you make the best decision for you, your family and your new pet. You've narrowed your selection down to two-  a crested gecko and a leopard gecko.  But which to choose!  Below, I will help answer this question for you.   Here are some similarities-  Both geckos are smaller in size (about 10 inches maximum) and a male and female can be managed easily in about a 20 gallon enclosure.  They are both easily handled and readily become accustomed to being held in just a little time.  I feel both geckos are simply adorable as well.  Leopard and crested geckos are readily available at pet stores and on-line, of course including our Web Store.  Concerning health, the two geckos are considered extremely healthy with few issue [ ... ]

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Interest in Pinterest
Interest in Pinterest

  One evening around Christmas 2011 I glanced over at my wife’s computer (yes, we are on-line geeks with side by side computer screens), I noticed she was on a web site showing wedding dresses and flowers and interior designs and- well, you get the picture, stuff e likes to look at.  An hour later and with 2 blog posts completed, I turned to see that she was on the same site!  I had to ask her what the site name was.  Hmmmm, Pinterest never heard of it.  She mentioned that the ladies in her church group were sharing photos with each other through the site.   After boasting about the two blogs I just created, and that I could help her with pictures on her own blog, hint, hint (Grandmaneverstops.com), she turned back to the Pinterest site with a “Maybe later” encouragement…. which really meant “not tonight”. It must have been a couple months after that when I noticed a beautiful photo of a gecko posted by a friend, Kyle Salzmann.  H [ ... ]

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2011, Where Did You Go?
2011, Where Did You Go?

This year can be summed up in one word.... WORK.  My morning, noon, and night.... and weekends were devoted to a major project at work.  The project drained me to no end but this is what I live for, projects of this magnitude.  Thank you all that supported me, and Supreme Gecko, through this ordeal.  The only way I, and especially the animals, made it though 2011 was the dedication and commitment from Nanette, my wonderful wife. Due to the work commitment,  Below you will get the sense that this was a year we treaded water.  We post this information to give other hobbyist/breeders an idea of what we do at Supreme Gecko and how we plan out each year.  I try to hold little back and hope this helps you with your 'gecko ambitions'.   GOALS Animals    Our plan at the beginning of the year, as I mentioned in other posts, was to A) cut down a bit on leopard and crested geckos hatched and B) work with other types of geckos.  We  [ ... ]

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2012 - Can't Wait To See What Happens
2012 - Can't Wait To See What Happens

We've expanded, added new animals, and should have tons of time to work in the facility in 2012.  So what do we have planned for the new year where we look in our crystal ball?  We hope to grow in 'gecko' leaps and bounds in '12. As you read in 2011, Where Did You Go?, we doubled our facility size and added a dozen new animals.  I certainly hope some of these animals will be breeding next year so we can start distributing these them- from Australians to the non-Phelsuma day geckos.  We will hold some back but should increase the distribution of offerings at reptile shows and the on-line store. We will be mixing and matching our leopard geckos.  Our focus will be in the Snows, Raptors, and of course Reverse Stripes.  This will be fun.  I hope to offer some unique animals that are now available in very limited quantity in the Midwest.  Our crested geckos get better and better.  The Red Line should continue to see nicer colors. The Mocha gr [ ... ]

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SEWERFest Photos of Old
SEWERFest Photos of Old

SEWERFest 2008     Our setup (one of our first shows) Jeremy had the best leos Jordan finishing the setup Nanette- Reptile Emporium Molly and Julie Jenny wish her cresties Aaron's wheelin' and dealin' setting up the table the basement! anyone want to add a caption....?      
 

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How to Price Your Reptiles
How to Price Your Reptiles

Talking to fellow hobbyests is easy.  Photographing animals and adding them to the web page is easy.  Writing articles like this is easy.  Getting up at 4 am to prepare the animals for a show then getting done with putting them away that day at 7:00 pm is easy.  Cleaning gecko poop is really easy........ compared to determining pricing on animals. What makes this so difficult, you may ask.  If you ask an economist, they will tell you it is a simple factor of supply and demand.  High Demand and Low Supply increases price. Period.  Well, there are so many other factors involved in determining a fair amount to place on an animal. Below are some of these circumstances that influence animal prices.   Animal- Look no further than the animal itself to understand the difference between a $20 gecko and a $2000 gecko (yes, I've purchased geckos for $2k).  It all starts with rarity of the gecko.  Some of the Australian geckos are absurdly exp [ ... ]

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How To Clean Your Reptile Enclosure
How To Clean Your Reptile Enclosure

I hate it, you hate it but it has to be done- cleaning the reptile enclosures. No one likes to spend a day scrubbing and scraping, smelling that poopy smell. Just talking about it makes me dread the task even more.... but it has to be done. Below are a few tips to make your job go a little smother and take less time. The less you despise the job, the more often it will get done and the better off your geckos will be.   1. Preparation- Have everything ready before you start. Place to put the animals while working on their enclosure Garbage bag/can Scrubber brushes/scraper Tub for soaking My favorite- brand new razor blades 2. Cleaning Decor- The best way to clean most enclosure decorations- put them in a bucket or ice cream pale, fill it up with HOT water, and let them sit overnight. The next day, dump the water, rinse the decor under luke warm water and scrub with a brush. 3. Cleaning the Bottom- if you use a substrate of sand/moss/eco earth, you may need to replac [ ... ]

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Christmas Gifts for Reptile Owners
Christmas Gifts for Reptile Owners

It's not just boys that love their toys. Reptile keepers fancy the state of the art devices and gadgets too. Why? Because they work! They help the hobbyist and, because they are.... cool. Years ago, when we were keeping chameleons we had the need to read the temperatures of their entire cage. Sounds simple. However we kept them in a 6 foot high by 3 foot by 3 foot enclosure. So we went to the Pro Exotic web site and purchased their temperature guns. What a great toy. We could measure the temp in the big chameleon cage, the smaller chameleon cage, and all tubs in the leopard gecko racks (heated by flex watt) in a matter of minutes. Now that's cool! Point, touch, and read. It has that WOW factor for sure. As our duties in our expanding 'reptile room' increased as well as the number of enclosures we maintained, we headed to the closest home improvement store and purchased a rolling cart. I think the true purpose of the carts as sold in the store is to hold veggies and sundry kitchen i [ ... ]

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Egg Flipping - Can I Turn My Gecko Eggs?

  Recently, we were asked why were were turning our crested gecko eggs in the video below- This is a Great question. Actually after some time in the egg, the embryo will attach to the egg shell and if moved, the fluids will drown the young neonate. However, this does not happen right away.We have never had an issue moving eggs like this in the first few days after the lay. After we start incubating, we are very careful not to change the position of the eggs if we do need to move them for any reason.    

  

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What Stays? What Goes? How to Decide
What Stays? What Goes? How to Decide

    You can flip a coin. You can ask someone else to decide. You can eni mini miny mo catch a tiger by the toe. However you decide, you have to decide. If you are a breeder, you have to choose which animals go and which stay. If you didn’t know, breeders rarely sell every animal they hatch out. Surprised? Don’t be. There are many reasons animals are ‘held back’ including the following: -         Increase breeding stock. The breeder would like more sellable animals in the future. This usually is the reason males are so available as the breeder is holding back animals to get more females. -         Improve breeding stock. While breeders may have beautiful color morphs, they are always looking for that animal that is bigger, brighter, and more colorful. What happens to the existing pair/group? Well, this may be your lucky day. At times, the breeder may offer their original animals for a  [ ... ]

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Wally's Favorite Movie Quotes - Top 100

5   Spinal Tap It goes to 11     6   A Few Good Men I want the truth! You can't handle the truth! 7   Star Wars Try not. Do or do not. There is not try. 8   Stripes Lighten' up Francis     9   The Sandlot You’re killin’ me Smalls!   10   Caddy Shack Cinderella story. Outta nowhere.  A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! 11   Major League Juuussst a bit outside   12   American Beauty No. You don't get to tell me what to do ever again. 13   A Knight's Tale You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting. 14   Braveheart Fight and you may die, Run, and you will live. For a while. Until one day sick and dying in your bed. Would you not give every day, from this day to that. For one chance, just one chance, to te [ ... ]

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4 Ways to Git R Done
4 Ways to Git R Done

    Do lists drive you nuts! Does the idea of putting one together cause you to break out in a rash? You know they are important to keep you on track and on task to get things done. There is a way to get the most out of your valuable time without spending half of it jotting down To Do lists. This will be a ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ pieces. My career has lead me into the Software Project Management field where everything is Task, Resource, Milestone, and Time Line driven. Watch my wife’s eyes roll as I announce to her before our next vacation, “I have everything planned out on my blackberry”. Spontaneous , what is that? On the other hand, my close friends constantly ask me how I find the time to get so much done. Personally, I have one HUGE To Do list, prioritize and organized to the day for the next 3-4 weeks out! This works for me but there is an easier way that will absolutely work for you. ast important This might seem straight forward but it is [ ... ]

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Candling Gecko Eggs
Candling Gecko Eggs

  After your gecko has laid her eggs there is sometimes the question whether the eggs are good. There is a way to see if there is some form of life inside the egg. It is referred to as candling. There is no guaranty that candling an egg that it is going to be a viable egg or that there is going to be a gecko at the end. So that being said make sure to incubate the egg until there is no doubt the egg is bad. The first thing you need is an egg, then a bright small flashlight, and a dark room. Before turning off the lights, I form a tight circle with my fore-finger and my thumb so that the egg can sit there with a hole under it for the flashlight to shine through the egg. Carefully place the egg over the hole in your fingers and from underneath place the flashlight tight to your fingers so the light is going through the egg and you can see this glow a little. Once you have this and you feel comfortable that the egg isn’t going to fall, I turn off the light in the room and repea [ ... ]

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Reptile Terminology

  1.1.5 - Sexed animals - Males, Females, Unsexed - eg. 1 Male, 1 Female, 5 Unsexed AFT - African Fat Tail gecko Amelanistic - lacking melanin or black pigment Arboreal - lives in trees Automy - can shed its tail Basking - lay in a spot to absorb heat Bell - bloodline of albino leopard geckos founded by Bell Brumation - cooling a reptile by lowering its temperature and photoperiod for 2-4 months to duplicate conditions of winter. Carnivorous - only eats animals/meat Caudal - Tail CB - Captive Bred - followed by year CF - Captive Farmed - followed by year CH - Captive Hatched - followed by year, Hatchlings from a Gravid Wild Collected Female. CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild flora and fauna. Designed to control the international trade in protected species of plants and animals. Cloaca - the body opening that is used for excreting and mating Crepuscalar - active in the morning and afternoon Diurnal - active during the da [ ... ]

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Recommended Gecko Reading

· The Herpetoculture of Leopard Geckos
y Philippe de Vosjoli, Ron Tremper, and Roger Klingenberg
@ $40 but is the best reference book available for leopards! . Geckos: Day Geckos, Tokay Geckos plus New Caledonian and More! by Julie Bergman   · The Leopard Gecko Manual: Includes African Fat-Tailed Geckos (Advanced Vivarium Systems)
y Philippe De Vosjoli, Roger Klingenberg, Roger Tremper, and Brian Viets under $10   · Leopard Geckos (Complete Herp Care)
y Gerold Merker, Cindy Merker, Julie Bergman, and Tom Mazorlig under $10   · The Leopard Gecko in Captivity (Professional Breeders Series)
y Robbie Hamper under $10   · Rhacodactylus: The Complete Guide to their Selection and Care
y Philippe De Vosjoli, Allen Repashy, and Frank Fast
@ 40 but is the best reference book available for Rhacs!   · Crested Geckos (Complete Herp Care)
y Adam Black under $10   · The Eyelash Geckos, Care, Breeding and [ ... ]

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The Dos And Dont's of Purchasing Geckos Over The I...

The Dos And Dont's of Purchasing Geckos Over The Internet     Should I buy off the Internet or shouldn't I? The geckos look great, the price is great, but how do you know the dealer is reputable? How do you know the animals are fairly represented in the pictures on the web page?. There are a few steps to take to insure a fair, honest transaction that you should be aware of. First you must be clear on what your goals and desires are before searching the web. Will you be looking for a family pet, an animal or two to add to a display enclosure, or will you be setting up to breed a type of gecko. How much space do you have? Some need more care than others- how much time can you have to devote to a gecko?
What is your budget? Will you be looking for young animals you can watch grow up or would you prefer a mature animal?
Are you considering high end designer morphs or would you like to start with less expensive versions of the same animals? Once you narrow down the specifi [ ... ]

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Gecko Food and Nutrition

  Now that your new gecko is in their home, what do you feed it?   Why Is Food Selection Important
Quite a bit depends on what you feed your gecko- its health, behavior, whether it breeds, and the condition of the eggs once they are laid. It is extremely important that your gecko be offered fresh, quality foods. With chain pet stores on every corner and large insect breeders and dry food vendors only a click away, we really do not have any excuse not to provide them healthy meals. A hungry gecko should always be given live, moving food or freshly prepared mix (for those that will take a 'diet' food). Bugs!!!
All geckos will hunt and eat living bugs introduced in their enclosure. Some geckos however are frugivorous (fruit eating) and can be offered prepared diets along with/instead of live foods. See below for Prepared Gecko Diets and the geckos that eat these diets.
Crickets
Are probably the most available live food source available. They are available in sizes from adult [ ... ]

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Gecko Gigga Geek
Gecko Gigga Geek

  In this age of instant information, we are all "hooked in". If you have a hobby, you have probably connected that hobby with the Internet- surfing, blogging, and downloading data to help your hobby.

Well, strap in and I will take you on a whirlwind tour through my daily routine as a Gecko Giga-Geek. Waking up in the morning, turning on the computer takes precedence over everything else except dressing and grabbing a bowl of cereal. I check my fantasy sites... no, not that kind of fantasy. Depending on the season, I check baseball box scores and hockey results, then my standings in the 5 or 6 leagues I play in. Ok, so I'm still not in first place, there's always next year.
E-mail is started and I check for message- requests for geckos, questions about geckos, replies to my requests for geckos, Repashy forum replies- generally 30 t0 40 e-mails to read and respond. Of course, unless some foreign diplomat needs my help and my cash or I have a need to refinance my mortgage, thi [ ... ]

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How to Make A Humid Hide For Your Gecko

A humid hide (lay box) is a place for your gecko to retreat to rest, retain moisture for ease of a shed, and even lay eggs. Most geckos do need a humid hide but you should check your animals care sheets. This area can be decorative or simply functional. The information provided below will provide one way to design a low-cost functional hide. Click on any image to see a larger picture.

If you have questions about this DIY project, please let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // and I will get back to you as quickly as possible and will update this page with your information.


Pictured are the supplies you will need to make your humid hide- soldering iron, hide material (I've chosen vermiculite), cheap plastic sandwich box, milk jug cap (or equally sized cap), and a marker. The hole can be made with a drill bit of the appropriate size but I found the iron cuts cleaner and easier.  
  Start by tracing a [ ... ]

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How To Save Big Money on Your Reptile Food

I speak to reptile keepers frequently and find a trend developing. Most people that keep lizards as pets keep multiple animals. With more than one animal being maintained, food costs can add up quickly. If you are like me, you look for any way you can save money on the food being fed without sacrificing quality. There are several methods to do this…. y in quantity. When I owned just a couple of bearded dragons, I would hit the pet store about every other day to buy crickets. Let’s see, 20 crickets for $ 2.00 didn’t seem all that bad. I promised to cut down on my diet coke consumption and all was well. Within 6 months though, I was up to 2 dragons, 5 chameleons, and about 6 leopards. 20 crickets turned into 75 crickets every other day. Though I could purchase 75 crickets for about 6 bucks…. That’s about $20 per week and over $ 1,000/year! I quickly found an on-line insect business where I could buy 1000 crickets for about $17 shipped to my door. Even with loosing som [ ... ]

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