Gecko Blog

Posted on Oct 20th, 2012

Anyone who reads posts on reptile forums quickly notices a pattern of new keepers wanting to put multiple animals into a single enclosure.  Often they want to mix species, which is almost allways a bad idea for all but those with lots of experience and very large enclosures, but keeping multiples of the same species together is something that many people also wish to do either out of space concerns, aesthetics or breeding purposes.  With many species, as long as you pay attention to the sex of the animals your are mixing, have enough hiding spots and an appropriately sized enclosure you... more

Posted on Oct 3rd, 2012

If you could not tell, the gecko star I posted as my first 3d print was a long way off from the quality needed to print decent looking gecko gargoyle heads as bolt covers.  Current home 3d printing technology is no where near the consumer level yet, so printers like mine need a lot of tweaking in order to get the best performance from them.  The occasionally fun, usually tedious process of calibrartion consists mostly of tighting bands, repositioning gears, and making minute turns of screws to bring things into alignment.  Often these adjustments are trying to hit a target of 0.1mm which... more

Posted on Sep 17th, 2012

It has been a while sicne I have been able to put an update on the geckos and gecko condo.  This time of year can be a bit slow with the geckos depending on if I have many clutches that need to be managed, and I do not have as many to work with this year as I did last.  I was finally, however, able to get my 3d printer, a Printrbot+, calibrated and working properly.  It still needs some tweaking, but it is generally running just fine.  Along with the many other things I can use this for it means I can finally move ahead with the final... more

Posted on Aug 1st, 2012

This morning an article published yesterday by the scientific-journal Zootaxa was brought to my attention.  The journal itself deals with the taxonomical classification of animals, something that interests me as a connection between the world of biology and my professional position as an archivist.  Taxonomy is essentially the way we identify what things are through names we give them and classifications.  In the library and archives world this helps organize information to make it easier for people to access.  In biology taxonomy tells us that this... more

Posted on Jul 25th, 2012

Last night I was feeding the geckos and thought "Wouldn't it be cool if there were baby geckos in here?"  Shortly after that thought, while changing the food in Green Man and Belite's partition, I saw two big gecko hatchlin eyes staring at me from next to the roach dish.  It took me a few seconds to realize what I was seeing, and one of the eggs Belite buried in her section of Gecko Condo had hatched! Blintz had arrived!

I had not intended to... more

Posted on May 5th, 2012

I just realized I have not yet posted pictures of the geckos in Gecko Condo!   Things have been going very well in the condo so far. Some of the pothos I planted in the wall have been dying because they don't get enough water from the misting system, but that is ok. The geckos still love to sleep on them. A few slugs have appeared in the vivarium but that just means everything is going along smoothly. Here are some pics of the inhabitants. Sorry that some of them are not the best quality as I took all of these with my phone.

Here Palatonne the chahoua sits checking out the... more

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