Aberforth's First Handling Sesh


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Northeast Texas
Last night I got my gargoyle gecko Aberforth out for his first handling session! I've waited two and a half weeks and only touched him twice in that time. The first was because it was freaking me out that he was sleeping basically on his back with his tail underneath him and his little hands curled in the air, and I flipped him over. The second was for a quick enclosure cleaning, and I tried to keep it minimal. He's my first gecko, and he's every bit as amazing as I'd hoped! I've ordered his full size enclosure last night as well, and will be ordering a set of plants tonight; I'm hoping to set up a live-planted vivarium with bioactive soil, so hopefully I'll have pictures to share of that soon as well!

Anyway, without further ado...


He was only content to sit still when he hopped on the corner of my bed comforter! He's a very active little guy. He got progressively more fired up as the photos went on, but he can get a little darker and a little lighter than shown here. He blends so seamlessly with his half-log hide, the moss and the soil substrate he has that I often keep thinking he must surely have escaped somehow, only to finally spot an eye after a few minutes of frantically peering through the side of his box!