Sunday, January 22, 2012

Meet Leonard!

In May we attended the Lloyd Family Reunion where Gabe was introduced to the idea of lizards as pets by  Byron's cousin Rhonda and her husband, Tim. They had brought thier chameleon and Chinese Water Dragon with them and both Gabe and Selah loved holding them and watching them. Since that moment, Gabe has wanted a lizard for his very own. It actually makes a lot of sense for him....they are probably the only pet that he can hold that he is not crazy allergic to.....other than snakes - and Byron wouldn't go for that at all!

Back in October, while we were in Central Texas for Brittany's wedding, Gabriel caught a house gecko at Papa Serna's house. He put him in a jar, named him Turtwig, and brought him home to our apartment. No one thought he would live very long at all, but Gabe loved that gecko!

Sadly, on December 22nd, Gabe went into his room to check on his beloved pet. Turtwig looked up at Gabe and then rolled over and breathed his last breath. Gabe was mortified at losing his sweet gecko. We buried him under a stone and said our good-byes.

The kids were given some Christmas money from Papa Serna and Memaw and Papaw and Gabe had also been saving money from doing chores and finally had enough to buy a proper terrarium and his very own pet lizard from a pet store. Byron and I were so impressed with how well he took care of Turtwig, we decided to let him buy a lizard. Gabriel read everything he could about which lizards make the best pets and which ones he had enough money to buy. So, this weekend we brought home a new pet!!

Meet Leonard the Leopard Gecko!

Gabe decided that Leopard Geckos would be the perfect pet for him.  Leonard is about 5 inches long from head to tail right now, but will grow to about twice that length. He is about 3 months old, but Gabe tells us that they can live for up to 10 years! Leopard Geckos are relatively easy to care for. They are friendly and always have a smile on thier face. 

I hope Leonard likes his new home. I know Gabriel will enjoy his new pet!
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