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Out With the Old, In With the New

My favorite series in the more than 5 years of Gecko Time publication has been the monthly “Three to Get Ready” articles.  A series is a valuable resource for any magazine editor because it’s a guaranteed slot in the weekly hunt for articles.  This series made no great demands on any single individual:  all that was required was for the contributor to respond to 5 simple questions.  The fact that some contributors went above and beyond the call of duty, was what made Three to Get Ready so relevant and fascinating some months.  The idea of having three different perspectives about a specific genus or species also provided a multi-faceted portrait of  the subjects in a way that no single care sheet can accomplish.

Alas, all good things must come to an end. “Three to Get Ready”, during the past 2 years, has profiled the following species and genera:

Coleonyx
Uroplatus
Paroedura
Rhacodactylus leachianus
Oedura
African Fat Tail Gecko (Hemitheconyx Caudicinctus)
Stophurus
Phelsuma grandis
Stenodactylus
Eublepharis macularius
Sphaerodactylus
Lygodactylus
Gekko gecko (Tokay)
Crested Gecko
Pachydactylus
Goniurosaurus
Parthenogenetic geckos
Cat Geckos
Rhacodactylus
Viper Geckos
Hemidactylus
Ptychozoon
Tarentola

The very nature of the series leads to its extinction: eventually we run out of gecko species to write about.  There are plenty more species that have not been part of “Three to Get Ready” but it gets more difficult to actually find three people with sufficient expertise to write about some of the rarer gecko species.  Consequently, “Three to Get Ready: Tarentola”, which ran at the end of March, was the last installment of our beloved series.

Gecko Time is very pleased to announce the inauguration of a new series which we hope to debut at the end of May.  This will be a monthly feature called “Leopard Geckos for Dummies”, written by Rebecca Hassler of Dragoon Gecko.  The first two installments will address the issue of pricing of leopard geckos.

To whet your appetite, here’s a taste of what’s to come:

“Many people struggle with the fact that there can be significant differences in pricing among different lines, and even within the same morph of a leopard gecko. In some morphs, we see price differences ranging from around $50 up to $3000 or more for one animal. It is not surprising that this fact always has been the cause of many heated battles not only between breeders and potential new buyers, but also on countless forums and social network groups. The goal of this article is to provide detailed information and facts, both for the novice and for the the experienced keeper who is breeding. Hopefully, it can help people plan their purchases from an educated perspective and with open eyes, so that they can make decisions based on knowledge and what fits best into their plans and hopes for the future.”

 

More (lots more) coming soon!

 

Written by Aliza

Aliza is a home care speech therapist living in the Boston area. She successfully bred a variety of gecko species between 2005 and 2017. She currently cares for a large number of geckos as well as a few frogs and bearded dragons. Other interests which she pursues in her copious free time include work in ceramics, practicing aikido and surfing the internet.

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  1. Oh My Goodness. I love this. Yes, I will dearly miss ‘Three To Get Ready’ but being completely 100% biased towards Leopard Geckos, and the community, newbies, etc. I think this is the best idea ever.

    So excited for these and can’t wait for the pilot article!

  2. Thanks for the coverage! This has been a great series and I am somewhat sad to see it go. Very excited for the new stuff but change is always hard! Thanks for being so dedicated to the hobby!

  3. Oh, such a shame to see the series go. 🙁
    We also find it a bit strange that you replaced it with a monthly series wich only concerns one species, we personaly believe there is already enough info abouth leo’s on the internet.., and not enough on almost every other species, that was were, at least in our opinion, Gecko Time stood out from the rest.

    Anyway, we wish you all the best in the future, it was nice to be helpfull where we could, and we truly hope you will stil do something with other gecko species than leo’s too.

    Best regards, Tamara & Kevin.

  4. We chose to go with our new monthly series because it was offered to us and it provides a different perspective that can be applied to other types of geckos as well, We’re always looking for new ideas, so please let us know if you have one!

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