Noble Nova

Nova, the brightening of a star that is able to outshine the entire galaxy.  Luminous energy and power traveling at such speed that it is even capable of triggering the fusion of a new star. Quite the event! Perhaps one day we can be able to witness it and let our eyes and minds be bewildered by its beauty and complexity. In the mean time, I take care of my own shiny Nova. Not only shiny, but sweet and soft, specially soft, velvety soft little gecko.

This is Nova, my little, the african-fat-tailed girl gecko.

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She came second after Jupiter, they are both from different species, which means that it is impossible for them to reproduce, they are perfect company to each other.

According to my calculations, she should have been born around February 2014. I brought her home June 8th, of the same year, but when I found her she was not the beautiful Nova I have now. I brought her from a pet shop, and well… she was not being taken care the way she should have been, it was a pet shop after all. After looking at her, you could guess her her tail had previously fallen off and regrown again, but as is common in this kind of geckos, the tail did not grown as beautiful as the original one. However the tail was so skinny that It was hard to tell where the original and regrown tail started.  Her skin opaque and her belly had a few scars revealing that she had not been living in a rightful environment for her. I have no way of knowing what happened to her, but when I first saw her I fell in love with those sweet white-lined eyes.  So  sweet, so girly!

Her first few weeks with me, she required her own enclosure.  Not only because she might have been sick, but because she was too weak to defend herself if Jupiter bully her. A few weeks became 6 months, Nova took her time getting used to me and then slowly spending more and more time with Jupiter. It was also important to teach him that he should not be “mean” to the new girl, but you know… geckos have their own personalities, just like humans, and usually they get along, and do not bother each other, but sometimes not so much. Surprisingly as much as Nova is only 20cm long and Jupiter almost 30cm, it is usually the little one that kicks the other one out of a hiding place if she wants it.  She is the female after all. Girl power!

Little Nova is very very shy, but this is a normal  behaviour among African-Fat-Tailed geckos. On the other hand when it comes about hunting for food she is a winner, she never misses and leaves nothing alive until she is full, but she only likes hunting about once a week. It is an amazing show to watch her eat. (I will probably upload a video on my YT channel ) She rises her tail and just as she is about to go for her pray she quickly wiggles it and then Bam!!! The cricket is gone!

She is also not very fond of being photographed nor video-taped and even though it is very hard to get her to be still for taking pictures she always moves stealthily. Her toes are very short and she only moves one foot at the time and she will not lift a second one until the first foot in well set on the ground. It is as she is very mindful of every steps she takes and even when strolling over the keyboard, she places her feet is such way that nothing is every typed. Talking about her feet, they are so beautiful, so tiny and so human-hand like.She has got this perfect french style that never wears off (I wish I could accomplish that) and her hands are even softer that the rest of her velvety body.

And I cannot forget mention the white line across her back, it is so artistic. Those are the moments when you stop and think for a moment how can Nature create such perfect little creatures.  Amazing Nature!

The best thing about taking care of Nova, is that she is so sweet that she has no problem of falling asleep in my hands or keeping me company while I nap. And when I take her out to play she just waits steady for my hand to take her.

Oh little princess,  thank you for stopping running away like at the begging, I worried and searched for you desperately when I couldn’t find you. I can tell you are happier now because even when the enclosure door is open you willing stay.  Thank you for trusting me, little princess. I hope you are always happy with me and Jupiter and that you always feel safe and loved.

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A note to Jupiter on his first 24hrs with me

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October 19th, 2013

I just got Jupiter yesterday and I can only say one thing, this little leopard gecko is amazing.

I don’t know many people who have a reptiles and even less who have geckos so I did all my research on internet and after some days of reading and reading about them I knew I was ready for him.

I know they don’t need the lamp, I mean the UV lamp that most reptiles need. It turns out that leos are nocturnal and light actually stresses them but they do need a heating pad and at the same time places to stay cool. They are originally from the Pakistani desserts and in there, even though it is very hot they do not stay out in hot places too long, they look for shelter under humid rocks and dark places. Leopard geckos are very easily adapted to new places and they aren’t a particular picky specie of reptiles, which makes it very easy to take care of little Jupiter.

Probably for lack of experience, I had a little hard time setting the right environment for him and the little one had to wait for me  in a very small cage, which broke my heart a little bit but it as just a couple of hours. When I finally finished preparing everything I notice he was a little smelly, probably from the store and I know that leos should take a bath every 3 months, which he probably never had. With just a little of warm water i had one of the most rewarding experiences with animals I ever had. Leos love warm water because it warms up their belly and with the softest and most caring hand I cleaned his body and finished with his head. Jupiter even closed his eyes, in a way that I knew he was enjoying it and he even move up his head as if saying “i like it, pet me more”. After that he just went inside and hid in of the shelters i prepared of him and sleep very fast, which makes me happy because i know he feels safe.

During the night I saw him coming out, walking and playing around his cage. CAGE!!! what a nasty word I prefer to call it environment, or his home.  Anyway, I think he likes his new home. They only eat once a day and since it is still a baby, he needs to eat everyday, when he get older he will only eat every other day. You might be wondering what does he eats? well… he doesn’t eat candies. He is a reptile, he eats insects. In the wild he would probably eat spiders, but nobody feeds leos spiders, the domesticated one eat crickets and worms and they have to be alive. I have no problem with that, none of those things make me nervous. Actually I just feed him for the first time with nobody else’s help. I have watch enough videos to know i was ready to do it, and i even gave him his vitamins. He is going to grow a strong, muscular, beautiful gecko.

I promise you, little Jupiter, that I will take care of you the best way I can and that you will be very happy.

Jupiter, the Jubilant

It is widely known that Jupiter is not only the fifth and largest planet of our solar system, but also he was the chief deity of the Roman empire, the god of thunder and the skies.  With all these attributes, I am quite sure Jupiter is rather jubilant, however the Jupiter I am going to be addressing does not exist with the same proportions as the planet and lacks of the mightiness of the roman god. Yet, everyday it makes me joyful and thankful for living and this magnificent world full of amazingly beautiful creatures.

This is Jupiter, my little leopard gecko pet.

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