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African Fat Tail

Discussion in 'Fat-tail Geckos - Hemitheconyx' started by Darkmaster743, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Darkmaster743

    Darkmaster743 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    Where can you normally buy them? They dont have any at my Pet Stores and most online are Expensive.
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    Amanda1 Adult Gecko 3 Year Member

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    You should keep an eye on craigslist. I've seen a few on there.
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    Josh Administrator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    The Los Angeles reptile show this weekend will have some, I'm sure!
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    Gopherhockey03 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    You can get them pretty cheap actually but there WC I think I saw $20 bucks for one. Which is a problem... But maybe there could be the leopard gecko effect where 15 years from now ol Ronnie Tremper decides to get crazy with Fat tail morphs and WC Fat tails will cost $100s like WC leos do now!
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    Darkmaster743 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    Whats WC? And By the way I would do Craigslist But from the Amount of Shootings/Kidnappings/Stalkers/Murders/Drug Dealers that i could Possibly run in to, Im too young to die :(
    I'll so what i can do though :D
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    Amanda1 Adult Gecko 3 Year Member

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    WC = wild caught
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    Darkmaster743 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    Oh Cool!

    Yeah Hopefully i may be able to take a Trip to Iran or where ever these things live to catch them wild.
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    Gopherhockey03 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    LeoLover Adult Gecko 3 Year Member

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    Please don't buy wild caught. There is no reason with the quantity an quality available for most species. Plus WC can bring in parasites and diseases that could spread to YOUR babies. Only experienced breeders working with limited gene pools should even keep them.
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    Darkmaster743 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    Woah... I didnt even think about that.
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    Gopherhockey03 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    Ya but don't think of them as "Bad animals". I know its bad that they were taken out of their environment and brought here to live in a tiny cage but they still need a good loving home with correct husbandry. All animals were WC at one time if you do get one, just get a fecal sample make sure they are healthy wash hands in between handling each gecko. But my tortoises are WC, both had parasites and were treated in a couple weeks for it. But I love them both and wouldn't sell or give them up ever. I couldn't imagine them going to someone else and being kept on rabbit pellets and being fed iceberg lettuce and fruit which many tortoises are kept horribly that way =(. But like Leolover said I would only get them if your experienced and willing to get the fecal sample and give them the meds and monitor them and put in the extra work. Which would add vet fees and such.
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    Darkmaster743 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    Yeah i think im better off getting them from the Pets Store. Alot of them are mistreated there and they some times mix they species ( Anoles + Long Tails ). They seem to get along but what if they fight :( and they geckos there seem to be over stressed because when I look through there Enclouser you can see there is a Drawer that can be pulled out and it easily captures noise, meaning that through the 10-12 Hours the Pets Mart is open they get no sleep.
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    Taiga Hatchling Gecko 3 Year Member

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    Buying WC animals is best left to the professionals to increase genetic variation in breeding stock. For the general public I recommend captive bred only, as there are tons of morphs and normals ranging from $25-$2000. Try craigslist, kingssnake.com, faunaforums classifieds, and crestedgecko.com
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    Gopherhockey03 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    So just cause they are wild caught they shouldn't have a good home? There is nothing we can do to stop them importing animals unless the government steps in so why not give them a good home?
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    Darkmaster743 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    No No its not that but if there Wild im sure there happy living there right now. I feel that geckos that are taken from there Homes are 100% More Stressed in a Cage knowing that they were free and able to leave. Geckos that are Captive Bred never knew that there was more and are Twice as Satisifed when they are put in a New territory but Happy with the one they already have!
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    Gopherhockey03 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    We still have zero control whether they are caught or not. I'm not promoting or supporting WC AT ALL. I'm just saying the ones AT the pet store still need good homes whether they are CB or WC. That's what I am trying to say.
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    Darkmaster743 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member

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    Yeah i agree. I'll take them from there no matter what!
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    CrestieGuru138 Adult Gecko 3 Year Member

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    go to reptile shows are just surf the web
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    LeoLover Adult Gecko 3 Year Member

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    But if we stop buyin WC when we can get CB, then we can lower the demand and less animals will be taken from the wild.
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    CrestieGuru138 Adult Gecko 3 Year Member

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    Agree I think everyone needs to do the same