22 July 2010

A Touch of Butter



 

We went visiting with Chris’ cousins and they had a pet gecko, a leopard gecko.  Meet Butter.

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Some fun facts about Butter –courtesy of a 12-year old girl:

  • Geckos store food in their tails.  They can go for a month without feeding.
  • They eat worms and crickets and baby mice.  Butter apparently prefers live worms to the dried ones in the bottles from the pet store.
  • They make very clean pets and are quite easy to care for.  Butter does her poopies only in one corner of the tank.
  • Geckos can live for 20 years and they lay over 100 eggs. (???)

Zoë was especially fascinated with Butter.  She dragged Chris and me into the room to show us, but warned us beforehand not to be scared.  She then went out to get Josh and her other cousins to come in from their outdoor play to see Butter, too.  Josh and Big K looked and left to go back to their water blaster. Little K stayed behind and was as fascinated as Zoë.

At first, when we suggested that we take Butter out from her tank, Zoë firmly told us to keep Butter where she was.  She preferred to watch and not touch.  But when she saw Little K beside himself with glee holding Butter --

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Zoë decided that she, too, would like to hold Butter.zoe1

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All I can say is that she is a lot braver than her mommy.

23 COMMENTS:

a49erfangirl said...

What a gorgeous looking Gecko. Looks like the kids love it. Your daughter is even more brave then me. LOL

Catherine Anne said...

My kids would love this

jen@odbt said...

It's cute but I wouldn't get close to it either. I didn't know they stored food in their tails. Now if that was me, I wouldn't have to eat for about 3 months. hahahaha :)

blueviolet said...

It's cool looking but it's still too yucky for me!

Honey Mommy said...

I have a feeling that with two little boys we will end up with some pets like butter!

Ashley Sisk said...

LOL what a neat series...I didn't know they really existed!

RoseBelle said...

I can never hold any lizard. For some reasons, I thought geckos are only black or green. I'm surprised to see Butter is yellow.

Kasie said...

wow. i thought that tail looked weird. yeah... they are braver than me too.

Krissy said...

I can just picture the Gekko bursting out with a british accent and talking about saving money on car insurance. LOL :) I want one of those. I never actually saw one before.


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Hannah said...

What a cool Gecko! My boys would flip a lid over that guy! The pictures are great, I am glad she held butter what a cool experience for her!

Bunch of Barrons said...

Wow! That's so cool! :) Cute pictures. :)

Helene said...

Eeeewww....yuck. I'm right there with you. Those things give me the heebie-geebies!

Love the pics though...I'm amazed that Zoe was so brave!

Debbie's L'Bri said...

My kids hold everything.I prefer just to watch.

Katherine said...

GORGEOUS! And yep, she's definitely braver than me too :) I wouldn't be able to do that!!

K xx

Lindy said...

She's braver than me too!!

Wanda said...

Ohh.....20 years....that's a committment. I'm with you on the watching part.

Tezzie said...

Ugh...things I never wanted to know about geckos ;D I'm so with you on the non touching thing...but yay for Zoë for being such a cool, brave girl!

Mama Zen said...

Would you believe that I have six of those?

Nezzy said...

No fear in that little face! My granddaughters would go screamin' into the next century if I placed a lizard in their hand. You captured the moment beautifully. I'm always in awe of your pics. (Good thing ya can't see me turnin' that nasty color envy green)

You have yourself a terrifically blessed Thursday!!!

Mish said...

Hello again.

I had no idea geckos get that big. That is a cute gecko. That's actually the only reptile/lizard I like.

Have a good day. =)

The Single Mothers Chronicles said...

ACK!!! All things lizardly scare the hell out of me!! My daughter isn;t afraid of any crawly things though - which is a good thing.

Swati

Serline said...

It takes time but eventually curiosity turns to fear for most children. Rather sad, don't you think?

Heather said...

So, so cute! They are fearless at that age aren't they? Some days I wish I still had that quality.

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