As the winter is here, guess who I found cuddling together!
Now, isn’t this sweet?
Geckos are not known to have the ability to love, but they can definitely create an attachment. For months, I tried for these two to get along and it seams to me that I have finally created some bond here. Hurray!
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.
Little sweet Nova was feeling ill from her tummy, so I took her to the veterinarian last Saturday. It took me a long time to finally find a good reptile vet, but I was finally lucky to find a good, very professional one. All the nurses went “Oh how cute! How beautiful and bright colours! I have never seen a gecko so pretty before!”. I was a proud mother of geckos at that moment. The vet grabbed her with care and examined her, that is how I find out she is now weighing 71 gr. How cute is that! I am happy she is getting bigger and gained 20 beautiful grams since last year. She has nothing serious but the doc gave us a little medicine for her to take.
A natural reaction for geckos is to open their mouths when their lips are rubbed with a finger. I read it many times and even watched videos of how to give them medicine. I know Jupiter does it, I have tried before, however Nova has never had this reaction, so I was worried if she would take her medicine or not. At first I tried as I read how to, but as it turns out it was far easier than I thought. She is a very good girl, sweetly and obediently just do as I tell her and without any effort she just drinks it from the syringe without complaining, even though it is a little bit bitter. After that she just curls up and sleep in my arms… She is so tender. Here she is after taking her medicine:
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.
Yesterday night I went to the pet shop to get some crickets. The pet shop I frequent doesn’t usually have geckos. But yesterday night I saw a cage I hadn’t seen before. I love all reptiles, especially lizards, so I approached to see the new one. At first I could not see it, but then, there it was, right under a piece of wood. It was a tiny new born Leopard Gecko. It was soundly sleeping and didn’t even notice I was looking at him. So tiny, so fragile, but above all cute. It was only about 6 cm long and didn’t even had spots, it will develop them as he grows.
Then I remember the day I brought Jupiter home. At that time he was only 13 cm long. His body and part of his tail could fit on the palm of my hand. He had only about 5-7 spots and the rest was still stripes. He and his tail were rather slim and his legs were somewhat weak. In a matter of days he started growing and growing.I could see the stripes slowly becoming spots. It still happens but at a very slow rate compared to when he was little. A few months later his legs became very strong and he could stand higher upon the ground.His nails got longer, so he was now able to climb steeper surfaces. He doesn’t really like to, but he can. His skin is now very bright and colorful, his eyes are shiny. The only thing he does not changes is his lovely friendly face.
I’m a proud mother of Geckos, as you can see. Jupiter is now 29.5 cm long. I once read that the record is 33 cm, perhaps he can still reach it. Even if he doesn’t, I have encounter some blogs of people trying to make their leopard gecko at least 26 cm, which makes me realise Jupiter is a rather big Leopard Gecko, and that makes me even prouder.
I love Jupiter and Nova, they are my pets and I love them just as much anyone could love a dog or cat. They are special to me and they are my company. I know they love me back, in their own gecko way. Perhaps they do not wiggle their tails when they see me, or purr on my lap, but they come to my hand when they see it and chose to sleep on my chest after I we play.
Once I read that it is not scientifically proven that geckos have the ability to love, but it is proven that they are able to recognize a safe person. I am sure they know I am the safest person around them and that they do not need to hide when they see me. It is natural in animals to be thankful, give them shelter, food, water and some care and they will be thankful to you. That creates a bond, my geckos trust me and they are thankful, that is good enough to be consider as Gecko’s love.
Look at this picture here, Jupiter loves to be pet on his head while his four legs are on the air.
And this picture over here, little Nova is falling asleep while covered with my fluffy blanket. what’s not to love?