Still going through all my messages, I'll get to them all eventually!FOR ALL POTENTIAL NEW LEOPARD GECKO OR REPTILE OWNERSTL;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.