There are some things that every reptile keeper dreads doing. Whether it is cleaning tanks, working with crickets (not my personal favorite), photography, or writing articles. My wife has become more and more active in the hobby/business of late, and this has been a huge help, but she simply hates cleaning poop. One would assume everyone does, right? Well, not me. I enjoy this activity immensely. Crazy? Yes, but why would I enjoy this dreaded activity?
No, it is not because I really enjoy the smell of gecko poo. While it is unlikely you will have much aroma from most gecko's shi.... um stool, there is still some 'stench'. How about the fact that I like the feel of picking up gecko poop. Ok, now I am just being gross. Yes, I pickup gecko poop with my fingers. Ugh you may be thinking. Well, I thoroughly wash them before cleaning the tanks... I mean AFTER- AFTER cleaning the tanks! I don't mind the feel of gecko poop but, I tell you what, there's not that many things worse than in haste, assuming that you are picking up a dried up little lump of bark-like poop, only to find out the gecko just left you this little bundle that is now squeezing through your thumb and forefinger like a jello pudding pop. Now THAT is gross!
Do I enjoy the time it takes to clean gecko dirt from all the enclosures? Absolutely NOT! There are so many other things that I can think of that I would much rather be doing than potty patrol.
But there is the key- the time it take to do the toilet troll for the geckos, I have time to think about what I would like to do with our pets. From breeding projects- matching this female to that male, to building new stands, to designing new toys for the enclosures (like the foam ledge), to even thinking about new ideas and articles for you all on the Supreme Gecko page. Some of my best inspiration comes from the hours of picking poops from the bottoms of gecko enclosures. My phone (voice messages) or little note pad are always close by for that moment of glorified brilliance that occasionally hits me (or at least will one of these days).
Another benefit to cleaning the crud is the opportunity this affords me to look at the animals, I mean really look at the animals. Nanette, the person that keeps this hobby/business humming, can clean and feed all the leos, pictus, and aussies in about an hour and a half (that's well over 250 animals)! Me, I take the whole morning- 4-5 hours! I commend her that she can race through the room but she knows I'm putzing with the pets and accepts my lethargy.
So, whether it is to break away from the day-to-day and focus on the what-if or to take a closer look at your animals, I can not recommend more for you to 'get your fingers' dirty. Keeping these two benefits in mind, it won't take long for you to Enjoy Cleaning Your Gecko's Poop, like I do.