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PostSubject: Taming a leopard gecko - need help!   Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:40 pm

I have recently "acquired" an adult leopard gecko who hisses and tries to bite me every time I even try to touch him (forget picking him up). Any suggestions on how to tame him without losing a finger or two? Thx.
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PostSubject: Re: Taming a leopard gecko - need help!   Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:06 pm

I would let him settle in and give him some privacy for at least a week or two to settle in. Was it in a bad situation before you got it?
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PostSubject: Re: Taming a leopard gecko - need help!   Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:53 pm

He's had about 3 weeks. He was in a good habitat but not handled when I got him. He's got a decent size tank, basking lamp, crickets, worms, water, sand substrate, a hidey hutch and various things to climb on etc. Yet he's still pissed off all the time!
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PostSubject: Re: Taming a leopard gecko - need help!   Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:39 pm

Once in a while there are those animals that just don't care for handling.

However, take things slow with him, make sure hes eating plenty.

http://www.leopardgeckoguy.com/2010/05/taming-beast-how-to-tame-your-leopard.html
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PostSubject: Re: Taming a leopard gecko - need help!   Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:58 am

Also I know different type of gecko but working with a large adult Tokay have had a bit of luck approaching very slow, Of course my goal isn't to handle him more so to ensure him that I'm not a predator.
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PostSubject: Re: Taming a leopard gecko - need help!   Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:12 am

I mean what are you trying to get out of the leo? A leo that sits and stays and chills with you? I'm my experience they are never like that... One that just lets you handle it and is not a angry little mug? I have found that just handling them helps... It can be hard at first especially when they are like you say, but never squeeze them and just pick them up, even if angry and let them settle down in your hands... Like slowly touching them or kinda trying to chase them around and let them get used to your hand has never worked for me... I just pick them up real quick and let them run between my hands... Also they will jump so be careful
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PostSubject: Re: Taming a leopard gecko - need help!   Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:01 am

TheRealYoda34, my 6 adults are tame . They will either chill, on my arm,chest,or stomach. Or they will find a spot where my comforter is folded over or bundled up n curl up in it.

Cheryle123, I have a female carrot tail , that can b slight moody. Ill get up n go to leave my room n I will tapping on the enclosure, she is biting at the enclosure.

I've never had a leopard so far that has tried to bite me per say. I do have 2 normals that when I first got them , they kept tryin to jump outta my hand.

Be careful how u try to pick him up, if he percieves u as a threat he will bite , more than likely. Don't be afraid of him . Like they said u may have to gradually work up to try in to hold him.
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PostSubject: Re: Taming a leopard gecko - need help!   Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:30 am

It just takes time. I have several that will climb into your hand on their own. And being gentle will go a long way with them.
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PostSubject: Re: Taming a leopard gecko - need help!   Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:20 pm

I have had the same group of leopard geckos since 1988. They all have somewhat different personalities..and I use that term loosely. Most are calm and tolerate being picked up for short periods. One particular female has always been restless however and will often try to bite. The bottom line is no herp "enjoys" being handled like a puppy, kitten, or even a rabbit. Some simply just tolerate it more than others.
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