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Impi is a real firecracker. She's been feisty since she first squirmed out of her egg, squeeing at me when I picked her up
to put her in the nursery. She was the last hatchling of 2006 for Muftin Geckos. After her initial stay in the nursery,
she moved in with sibling Owen to a full-sized tank.
While working for LMP on the road, I met a Boston Terrier pup. His owner was South African, so I chatted to her about the
RSA. She told me that Impi means 'warrior' in Zulu (I admit, I haven't double-checked). I thought the name would be perfect
for a critter that was both fierce and impish. 'Impi' was a perfect name for the presumptuous little gecko.
Impi astounded me with her supreme naughtiness when she bit off a piece of Owen's tail, and ate it! While I didn't witness
it, I couldn't find the tail piece in the tank, and there was no other reason for Owen to have dropped her tail. Impi was
moved in to the other hatchling tank (with Alaska, Steve-O, and Terri), where everyone else is just enough larger than her
that I think they're safe, and so Owen can recuperate. Impi is currently still doing fine, but definitely at the bottom of
the dominance chain for once. Ever since then she has behaved herself.
Impi's full siblings are:
Muftin Geckos * Corvallis * OR * USA
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