I was recently introduced to the soft and tame adorableness that is the crested gecko. I am somewhat surprisingly considering purchasing one. Advice?
I have seen this thread
but I'd like to resurvey the crowd as that thread is both a few years old and also less focused.
Reasons I like the crested:
Was soft and tame and adorable
Size stays small (unlike dragons/skinks)
Eats Repashy fruit mix mostly, only irregular crickets
Sounds like easy care requirements
Care won't be easy/scared I'll kill it
Want to hold it but scared it'll jump to inaccessibility in my house and die
Scared I'll cause tail loss
Scared I'll lose interest/enjoyment and feel burdened (had this happen with a guinea pig several years ago, felt awful, ended up giving away to a friend's sister who actually did want him, still feel bad about being a bad guinea pig owner)
Other relevant information:
I currently am a somewhat reluctant owner of a green anole lizard that hitchhiked up north with me on a plant on my last move and needed to be saved from freezing/desiccating when I discovered him in my living room after bringing plants inside for winter. He's cute, and I like him (plus for other irrelevant reasons, he felt fated to be my pet), and his requirements are low enough to not feel overly burdensome, but I would not actively seek out
being an anole owner. Though since I am
an anole owner, I already have to go buy crickets/board him when traveling/etc. And I am happy to stick it out with my anole and will not rehome him.
Also don't have kids (so no rough handling). Do plan on getting a dog at some point but no cats.