Ever have one of those shopping days where you were looking for something new (new fishing lure, new CD, new shoes) and came home with 8 or 10 similar items? Well this was my recent shopping spree at Switzer Reptiles.
About a week ago, i was reviewing the Kingsnake/Fauna Classifieds and saw an ad from Linda at Switzer Reptiles for a little gecko I had a couple years ago and wanted to keep again- Lygodactylus kimhowelli. Well, it did not stop there. She also had Lygodactylus capensis (another cool little gecko). If you have not kept any Lygos (best known for their species L. williamsi [electric blue]), you are missing out. Small, active durnial geckos that require little in husbandry and loads of fun watching their behavior. So I decided on getting 2.2 of each (2 males & 2 females). "Oh wait, she also has L. williamsi". Having lost a male recently, I added one to my list.
More ads to review from Switzer Reptiles and more animals went in the basket- Hemidactylus tanginicus and Hemidactylus squamulatus. I'm working with Hemidactylus ruspoli and having some success, and loving the look of the babies, so these two Hemis were added.
Finally, another gecko, Cnemespic africana that I knew NOTHING about at all was being offer and I jumped in for two pairs of this one. The order was placed and the wait was on for a shipping time of the next week. This gave me time to setup tanks. How many? Nine tanks in all. Not so bad but that meant other animals had to be moved, tanks cleaned, and these 9 setup. This was absolutely the full day Sunday for me. This is ok as I love setting up new enclosures and learning about new geckos.
Finally, shipment day came. Scheduled for a 10:00 AM shipment, by 11:00 and no animals (I was not too concerned with the wonderful weather we were having), Linda CALLED ME to see if the animals had arrived. She had checked tracking and saw no delivery info. She offered to follow up, even though I knew they were on the truck in our town... somewhere. Well, during her next call 10 minutes later the truck arrived with the animals.
Unpacking was like opening gifts at Christmas. Mark after mark on the packing list noted that additional animals were added to the deli cups. Thank you Linda!
Put away took only a few minutes as examined each little gecko and found only one that was a bit lethargic (doing find now). Water dishes provided and a very small meal for each saw them all settle into their new enclosures. One happy customer later, I have some very nice new animals and Linda has another repeat customer!
|Switzer Reptiles shipment||Lygodactylus kimhowelli||Lygodactylus capensis|
|Cnemespic africana||Hemidactylus squamulatus||Hemidactylus tanginicus|