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    Interview with Bruce Lowder of Animal Encounters

    For reptile breeders in northeastern United States, the Reptile Expos in White Plains, NY have Been THE show to attend and THE place to vend. These shows, with more recent additions of smaller shows in Manchester, New Hampshire and Melville (Long Island) New York have been produced for the past 14 years by Bruce Lowder through his company Aminal Encounters. More

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    Calling all USA L. williamsi Breeders

    It’s a well known fact that Lagodactylus williamsi, commonly known as the electric blue day gecko is a highly endangered species due to shrinking habitat in its native Tanzania. In addition to the brilliant blue coloring of the dominant male and the engaging behavior of these geckos, many reptile keepers are eager to breed them in order to establish a reasonably sized, genetically diverse population of L. williamsi in captivity in order to preserve this lovely gecko.

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    Gecko Keepers: A Peek at 2014

    New Year’s Eve. A time to remember the highs and lows of the previous year and look ahead to the coming season. In the spirit of the day, Gecko Time features 12 gecko keepers reflecting about the 2013 season and giving us a sneak peek at their plans for 2014.

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    Three to Get Ready: Viper Geckos

    Viper geckos, the tiny natives of Pakistan with the black and white ladder pattern, have become increasingly popular recently. They are relatively easy to keep and, because of their small size, don’t require much space. They were originally in the genus Teratolepis, which was later merged with Hemidactylus More

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    Enigma Syndrome in Leopard Geckos: An Autosomal Dominant Disorder

    Usually, we don’t notice a gene until a mutation changes it. This is true for the vestibular system of Leopard Geckos. Around 2006 certain leopard geckos began to display equilibrium deficiencies, often (but not always) associated with the Enigma morph. These disoriented geckos were diagnosed with a disorder dubbed Enigma Syndrome.

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    Comments for Wild Type or Designer, and a Final Note

    The Prose and Controversies article last month about breeding wild type vs. “designer” geckos generated just two comments, which are reproduced below. The Prose and Controversies feature was begun nearly a year ago in the hopes that it would generate comment and discussion about husbandry and ethical controversies that are already known to exist in the gecko-keeping world. More

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    Shannon’s “Not-So-Quickie Interview” With Rebecca From Dragoon Gecko

    I remembered that I had visited the Dragoon Gecko (DG) web site in 2011. Although it was in German (and my college German isn’t only rusty—it has died along with my Irish whiskey-damaged brain cells), I was fascinated with the scope of the DG projects and the fact that one of the most interesting aspects of their hobby was maintaining older, less commercial lines of Leopard geckos. “What a concept,” I remember remarking to no one in particular.

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    Three to get Ready: Rhacodactylus

    Rhacodactylus geckos have taken a real hit in the past year. Stripped of the Crested and Sarasinorum Geckos (who are now in the genus Correlophus) as well as the Chahouha (now considered to be part of the Mniarogekko genus), what remains are the R. leachianus (discussed in the August 2012 installment of Three to Get Ready), R. auriculatus and R. trachycephalus. More

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    Breeding Feeders in Situ

    For many of us, the bugs and worms we use to feed our geckos can be considered to be almost like a second “business” what with purchasing them, housing and feeding them, and trying to keep them from escaping during the transfer from their own habitat to the geckos’. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just produce our feeders right in the geckos’ cages?
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    Prose and Controversies: Wild Type or Designers?

    Gecko keepers have many reasons for breeding. Two of the most common ones are: increasing the population of species that are endangered in the wild, and creating new and unusual colors and patterns for a particular species.

    These goals can, and do, co-exist. However, proponents of each type may feel that the other’s goals are detrimental to the species.

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