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    Gecko Breeding Philosophy: What is a Morph?

    Gecko breeders spend a lot of time discussing various “morphs” of those gecko species for whom breeders have developed different patterns and colors. To the best of my knowledge, there is no formal, universally accepted definition of what exactly is a “morph”. More

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    Gecko Time 10th Anniversary!

    Gecko Time online magazine published its first articleon March 7, 2009. During the past 10 years, Gecko Time has been an important resource to the gecko community with the wide range of articles it has published. Articles have included interviews, DIY instructions, product reviews, species and genus profiles, genetics information as well as many other topics.
    Ten years is a long time, and is more than half a lifetime for some of our younger gecko keepers. More

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    Big Bad Bart

    Bart seems to think he’s a flying gecko.  Or perhaps he thinks he’s an impresario.  In a household of 65 or more reptiles, most of them geckos, it takes a large “personality” to stand out, and Bart certainly does.  Every evening, the loudest sounds in the gecko room, also known as my living room, are the thumps of Bart jumping from one glass wall to another and sometimes crashing and burning in a spectacular way on the pothos leaves when he miscalculates. More

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    Escaped Geckos and Impressive Finds

    Gecko Time has gotten many frantic requests for assistance from people whose geckos have escaped their cages ever since running the article Find an Escaped Gecko in January 2010.  In addition to the understandable worry about re-locating a missing pet, there is usually tremendous concern about clutter in the house, cats, dogs and openings in walls or stairwells that will make the retrieval job more difficult.  Even the miraculous story of one of my geckos found after 2 years sojourn somewhere in the house doesn’t seem to help people feel better.  Though I can’t guarantee that a lost gecko can be found, I thought that a few more stories about miraculous gecko (and one non-gecko) finds might rekindle some hope. More

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    Plague House: A Breeder’s Nightmare

    For years, the specter of the dreaded protozoan disease, cryptosporidiosis, has worried gecko owners.  “Crypto” is highly contagious, incurable, hard to kill and ultimately fatal.  A more detailed description is available in an article written in 2009 by Marcia McGuiness.   Unfortunately, this devastating disease has invaded my gecko population here at Geckcessories. More

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    Gecko Time Wants to Know: African Fat Tail Geckos

    For many years it seemed as if African Fat Tail geckos were simply drab cousins of the much more popular leopard geckos.  With the advent of new morphs such as whiteout, zulu and oreo, the fat tail palette colors and patterns has exploded and their popularity has soared.  Despite this, it was very difficult to find people willing and able to answer some of Gecko Time’s questions about them.  
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    Give them Bread and Circuses!

    The ancient Roman satirical playwright Juvenal declared in one of his plays “Give them bread and circuses!” (panem et circenses). His message was aimed at a Roman populace that cares only for the superficial entertainments of the age rather than engaging with the important issues of the time. You may take that politically wherever you want, but our perennial April contributor, Ben Bargen, is, as always, thinking about geckos.
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    How to Sell Your Geckos Revisited

    In 2010 I wrote an article How to Sell Your Geckos in order to provide suggestions about venues for selling as well as recommendations for how sellers should approach the whole concept of selling an animal to someone as a pet. The contents of the article are still relevant, but the information needs to be updated due to two relatively recent developments: the increase in gecko breeders and the explosion of social media options. More

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