My poor, contrary Rasputin. As you can see in the pictures, he had major problems with properly shedding the skin on his
toes before coming to me. He still definitely has the most consistent difficulty with that of all my geckos. When he first
came to me, he needed help every time. With his attitude, it was really a trial of my patience. But in the end, I think
all the handling really calmed him down. Now he will even consent to being held (briefly) without trying to launch himself
into midair. Well, most of the time.
He has had a lot of bad luck with breeding. When I tried to breed him to Veruca in the 2005 season, only one egg made
it close to term (it was a jungle, which is how I know he carries jungle genes). This may have been due to my incompetence,
but perhaps not. The only offspring he successfully sired was Bug (with Slinky), who was deformed (see the link to her story
below). I tried again in 2006, giving him access to Pablo and the stunning Nimbus. He spent most of the time hiding under
the paper towel substrate! Ultimately, I think he's either too scared of the females to breed, or perhaps too weak to dominate
them. I still think he's a cool guy, and I'm glad to have him in my home, but he's not going to be bred in the foreseeable
|This is the photo of him that was shown in his ad.
Rasputin is the sire of:
Muftin Geckos * Corvallis * OR * USA
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