This summer I took in 6 leopard geckos, and this is Tormund. He has grown a TREMENDOUS amount since arriving. He has more than doubled his arrival size! Tormund has a neurological disorder and is blind in one eye. But honestly, he functions SO well I can hardly tell. Sometimes he takes an extra wide step or two or falls over, but it's few and far between. Tormund loves to explore and climb, and he's never been anything but sweet. I'm super glad he's part of the family! Note: he hasn't lost any orange color, it's just the most recent weigh day photo has poor lighting.
This summer I took in 6 leopard geckos, and the only "healthy" one is Lyanna. Inquiring about her led me to Tormund, so I'm super glad I did! Lyanna arrived at a healthy 21 grams. She has never refused food and she has nearly doubled in size! She has also turned yellow hehe. Lyanna wants nothing to do with me unless there is food in my possession. She loves to climb and hide, and she's an expert at sneaking out of the shadows like a ninja.
@jessicas_animal_friends gets the shout out for tonight for the #defleos2017 hashtag and I'll use this as a reality check too! This cutie pie here was produced by none other than me. As a breeder you have a responsibility to the animals you create. If things go wrong you have to do all that you can to make things right. I was sold this boys father as a no het tangerine from an amazing line. So since he had no hets (no conflicting recessives) I bred him to another amazing lined female het for bell. Both the sire and the dam had amazing bone structure and my goal was big boned strong Leo's. Sadly that is not what happened. Every clutch mama laid grew for a few weeks then failed miserably. I had no clue what was wrong. This guys egg kept going though however it looked poorly as well but I left it be because the embryo inside was very much alive. Long story short I bred that same sire to MANY females and on the day this cutie hatched (or a day or two before I forget) I hatched out a tremper albino from the sire to a different female. Proving the sire het for tremper. This little guy in turn hatched out very misshapen. He had a large stomach, a huge head and a stunted body. As a breeder I had limited choices. One let him live see how it goes and cull if need be...or cull immediately since he was produced from conflicting albino strains. After talking with friends I decided to let this little Leo show me if he wanted to live or not I left it entirely up to him. Not only was he able to eat on his own...but he also grew and thrived!! I did experience some minor issues with his small eye deformity but antibiotics took care of that. So! I was left with the job of finding him a good home. I did NOT want him going to someone I didn't know well enough to trust. The fear of him being used for breedings was too scary because he could go on to ruin entire lines of Leo's by being bred. Ironically, I was also producing Mack snow and super snow blizzards at the time which @jessicas_animal_friends loved she wanted to buy one from me she did and I flat out asked her if she'd be willing to take on a new rescue of sorts. She asked a ton about him and said yes!!!
@territory_outlaw_skinks doesnt count for the #defleos2017 shout out because these are no Leo's 😂 but she's my awesome Aussie friend and has some amazing skinks!!! Blue tongues are so popular in the US that I'm pretty sure you that love them would love to see what's going on where they come from! Her breedings have even been mentioned in an Aussie reptile magazine which is pretty cool!!!
@bean_momma gets my first shout out! I saw this cute pose and wondered about the substrate so I did a little investigating and learned what she did and it's baller! She used excavator clay, and then so as to not risk any staining and most importantly no pieces being broken off and ingested she sealed it all with resin if I read it right !!! Now THAT'S How to do it and it looks cool too!!! 😁🤗 #defleos2017
#defleos2017 figures I'd reupload this one separately.
First time in her new tank when Pandora was exploring and figuring out where she'd wanna hide
For my usually shy, temperamental "escapee" this was something I was glad to see. I expected her to hide or not adjust but she still loves her tank to this day.
My little spitfire is still a work in progress on handling but she'll come around (pretty sure her breeder never handled her as a young gecko). #leopard#leopardgecko#fatgecko#gecko#eublepharismacularius#reptilesofinstagram#reptile#lizard