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oh no...where's the gecko?! HELP!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by needmorechickens!, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Songster

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    [​IMG] My son's leopard gecko is missing, he has had her for a couple of years now, so he is upset. He cleaned the cage about a week ago and rearranged everything and I think he left one of her sticks to close to the top of the aquariam and she climbed up and tumbled out! We have been looking the house over for 2 days, but can't find her.
    Does anybody have any ideas about how to coax her out of hiding? [​IMG]

  2. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    Maybe you could leave a small plate of mashed banana or what every they eat in the middle of the floor to draw him out. I hope he doesnt get stuck in a shoe like my daughters hermit crab did..not a pretty picture! (or smell for that matter)
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Mine is a pig with moths and crickets. You can put a small clear container with a lid and put some live crickets and moths. The jumping and sounds might attract her.
  4. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    I hope you find her [​IMG] I remember I lost both my hedgehogs outside because they dug under the fence I ended up finding both of them though.
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Oh my, that brings back memories. When I was in grad school, one of my fellow grad students was going to do a study using leopard geckos but they all turned out to be male and she decided to use a different species anyhow, and what with one thing and another she brought 'em back to the biology bldg to give away as pets. Several got loose. They did quite well for themselves, as the biology building was badly infested with a variety of cockroach species [​IMG], but most were caught within a few days. One, however, remained on the lam for IIRC about 3-4 months. Once or twice a week he would appear unexpectedly in the department secretary's office and go "GECKKK!" (you know, that noise they make when threatened) and leap off the wall at her and scare the bejeebers out of her. It was extremely funny, if you werent' her anyhow [​IMG] I believe he was eventually caught.

    Point being, if I actually have a point [​IMG], they can potentially survive quite some while in a building on their own if nothing eats or squishes them first, and judging by the biology department's experience, your best bet is to just keep an eagle eye out and hope to see him. I am not sure they can really be baited in (although if your house is cold I suppose leaving a heatlamp on somewhere safe might be worth a try, and just look there frequently)

    Good luck,

  6. baldie

    baldie Songster

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    Well one thing we know is they can only climb up things their little nails will stick into, so its probably down low. And probably under something, ours like to hide in toilet paper thingys. I think the idea someone else had about putting crickets in a clear container might work. I am sorry he lost it, I really hope you find it!!!!
  7. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Songster

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    I think i will do that (the heat lamp). I hope it works...I'll let you know.

  8. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    Gecko's dont NEED a heat lamp so they may not come looking for a basking spot which is a good thing right now cause you know s/he is not suffering with the cold...

    I would go through the room where s/he went missing and search all corners..

    is there any way it got out of the room?

    I have a friend who breeds geckos I will e-,mail him right now and ask him what to do to lure it out of hiding
  9. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Don't gecko's have those sticky feet? Check the ceiling....
  10. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Hey deb. Leopard geckos dont have sticky feet. They have tiny claws. mine has a open top cage with no lid. I dont ever have to worry about him climbing out [​IMG]

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