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ThenAndNow by Anuwolf ThenAndNow by Anuwolf
Still going through all my messages, I'll get to them all eventually!

FOR ALL POTENTIAL NEW LEOPARD GECKO OR REPTILE OWNERS

TL;DR version; don't trust pet stores. While some actually care for their animals, a surprising amount do not. Many leopard geckos from pet stores will come with pinworms, despite a pet store's health garauntees. Buy from a reputable breeder instead; the extra cost there will save you hundreds of dollars in vet bills down the road!

Name: King Ghidorah
Then: May 2nd 2013 -- just under 5 inches long (head to tail)
Now: June 26th 2013 -- approx. 7 inches long (head to tail)

Approx. 2 months difference!

Ghidorah came from a petstore; when I first saw him, he had his head shoved under his water dish in an attempt to find a cool spot in an otherwise tiny 12x6 overheated enclosure with only a warm dry hide available-- I felt so bad for him, I just couldn't leave him there. At the time, I did not realize how cruel and uncaring some petstores are (I'm sure there are decent ones out there). I had never seen a 6 month old leo before, so I thought his pencil-thin size was due to age. Obviously that was not the case. My sister was with me at the time (~ObsidianHyena). She was skeptical about the leopard gecko's pencil-thin body, but she was not sure if it was an issue as she had only ever seen either hatchlings or adult leopard geckos; neither of us had seen a 6 month old before. She asked the "reptile expert" of the store about all the leos' thin appearances; he claimed that "Oh, we get them like that from the breeder. We're working on fattening them up." That's where I call bullshit. Ghidorah, as it turns out, has pinworms (contributing to his thin appearance). This is a common occurence when leopard geckos are mass-bred for pet stores. As it is, I feed him twice a day because he is always so hungry due to the pinworms taking away his nutrients from him. It has costed me a total of $260 CND to bring him to a vet, get a fecal test, and aquire medication. I have no problem paying money to make sure my gecko is healthy, but I am angry that the pet store I got him from is so damn ignorant and obviously uncaring. I wish I had taken him to the vet sooner so I could have argued with the store about their 15 day health garauntee, and possibly have gotten my money back (at the very least). I love my Ghidorah very much and just want him to be healthy and happy. I wish pet stores would care as much as I do about the pets they sell!

In any case, be aware that pet stores in general may not truly take proper care of the animals they sell, and they may even give you completely wrong advice on how to house or take care of said animal. It is better to support reputable breeders, of any animal, who can assure you of their health, history and background.
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PoisonPenPresents Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've had a similar experience myself before. I got a bearded dragon from a pet store (mind you, I had researched bearded dragon care and just about everything I would ever need to know about them for about a year and a half) and it died 8 days later mysteriously so they gave me a new one.
It died 8 days later.
Turns out, that particular pet store is known for having all their animals infected with parasites and for mistreatment.
I got my current beardie from a breeder but my vet says petsmart actually takes amazing care of the animals they sell. At least the petsmart where I live does. Idk about any other ones.
Good to hear you have your gecko in good health though! Much better than the alternative :)
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Anuwolf Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aw, that is so sad =( I'm so sorry :hug:
How awful... bah, I feel so bad for all the little critters, being mistreated :c I wish I could do something about it... :shakefist:
I've heard good things about Petsmart too. I hope all Petsmarts are good T^T
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WhiteWinterWolf Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor little guy :( At least you got him and brought him back to health! :D
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Anuwolf Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yesh! He is all big and fat now. He's grown up so fast =)
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WhiteWinterWolf Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I bet! :D
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Sahasa Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
:C Poor baby. He's lucky he has you now!
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Anuwolf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aw thanks! :meow:
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vindurza Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
it's very interesting to see how age effects color
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Anuwolf Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I agree =)
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vindurza Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
=)
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