Guess who went out walking yesterday afternoon!!! YES! Jupiter and Nova did.
Last week I felt how their tiny claws were getting too long and sharp and I knew it was time for a walk.
It is healthy for geckos to get a little sun and since they are crepuscular animals, it is always a good idea to take them out right before sunset. However, it was somewhat early for them and they were a little sleepy.
After a while they were more alert and enjoying the sunshine.
But as it is common for geckos 20-30 is enough to get exhausted and ready for another nap.
Close your eyes for a moment, imagine you are having a big delicious pizza, with the best cheese ever and the freshest of ingredientes. You are at your favorite place and you have the best company. You finish eating and and you feel your belly just satisfied. Your heart is contempt and you have a smile on your face.
Now imagine you are a gecko, to be specific a leopard gecko. This would be your face:
Geckos are nocturnal, better said crepuscular, which means they should wake up when the sun goes down. We as humans should wake up when the sun goes up, but come on! on Saturdays no body wakes up that early.Guess what? neither did my geckos. It was 8 pm when I took this pictures and they are just opening their little eyes. Oh big lazy ones!
I love both Jupiter and Nova, despite some people saying that I have preference for Jupiter. But that is not true, Jupiter is more curious and very jealous, Nova is more calm and sweet. If Jupiter sees me petting Nova before him, he stands up, fixes his sight at us and gives me a demanding […]
This a house I designed for them a few months ago. It was a great design, specially for summer. And see they actually liked it.
… and then they started fighting. Jupiter is bigger and stronger, so poor Nova, always got the worse part, but even Jupiter got some bites from her. It was a little bit hard for to understand, because I tried putting walls to separate them, and they always managed to get back together. It is a love-hate relationship they have. Sometimes it was that Jupiter went looking for Nova, but sometimes it was Nova show looks for Jupiter. I could only assumed that something in their house was unsettling them.
And this time they would be separated….
If you read my previous post, then you can see that is IMPOSSIBLE
In case you did not see the yet their new house, here it is.
I have not give any update is more than a year, but it is time to come back. We had a hectic past couple of months and that upset the Geckos a little bit. When Geckos do not feel comfortable they will try to escape their house, so it is important to try to recognize what is causing that. In my case is that I moved to a new apartment and now we have different angle of sun and wind. But now after almost three months they are feeling better.
A couple of month ago, Nova escaped and she was gone for almost a week. I was loosing my mind thinking of all the things that might have happened to her. But then I found her under some shoes and I felt a lot better. She was cold and dehydrated. I have never seen her drink so much water. Here is a picture of her right after I found her. Poor Nova.
Jupiter and N0va and great companions, but sometimes they fight. Think of two people living together all the time, there will be a moment when you can’t stand the other person anymore and just want to bit his/her face. So it is the same. Except that Geckos actually bite each other. When they are stressed they fight a little bit more often. So I redesigned their house and now they are separated. Here is their house now:
See how it is arid and desert -like on top (for Jupiter) and humid and forest-like on the bottom (for nova). But perhaps you can also see how they sometimes switch.
There is Nova tail and Jupiter curious face. Can you see them both?
And here is photo of Jupiter, because he loves having his picture taken:
So all these last few days I had to take little Nova out two times a day to give her the medicine the vet gave us. Guess who is jealous thinking he is missing the pampering? Yep! JUPITER! So here he is asking me to take him out as well:
He stands on the highest place and makes sure I see him. Or perhaps he is just curious to see what I am doing with Nova. Not being convinced he still wants to out. So here he is being a little more happy:
So I caught Jupiter drinking water. He stays like this for a long time as if trying to decide if he is really thirsty or not. Two sips and then he goes away. I have never seen little Nova drinking any water, though. I suppose she does, at least I hope she does. Sometimes I worry and place a few water drops around her mouth, but she only takes one or two.
I always give them mineral, purified water, however a time ago I encounter a person who mentioned that his brother has five leopard geckos and that he always has had many, so he just give them tap water. I could not give any opinion on the matter, but even if I had as many geckos as planets and stars in the galaxy to name them after, I would still give them purified water. One can never be too careful about tap water, especially where I live, and I do not want my geckos to get impacted from something as simple as that.
On those days when one is just dissapointed with the world, it takes nothing but two seconds of looking into the Geckos house to cheer up and feel revitalized. I know it is just their face but they always look happy and tender, and sometimes, just sometimes it is like they know I can use a Gecko hug and come out from their hiding places and look at me like this and wait there until I take them out.
They are actually very patient, because they are a bit annoyed by light but I guess they really enjoy to curl up in my hands. Jupiter loves to sit on my shoulder but Little Nova loves when I hold her in my arms and stays there until she falls asleep. Last week I showed this to my aunt, she is an animal lover like me. Even so, I do not remember ever before seeing the tenderness face she had while looking at us. It was quite a moment!
Who would have ever thought that reptiles could be this loving!
When I was deciding the name of this blog, I considered calling it something like “Jolly Jupiter”. As it turns out, I am not the only one who thinks of Jupiter to be Jolly. a few days ago, mom recommended this for me:
they call it Jupiter, the bringer of Jollity. My Jupiter definitely brings Jollity to my life.