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.
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.