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I found this lizzard at my work n I live in Colorado.  I didnt want it to freeze due to the snow so I took it home. I need to figure out what kind it is so I can properly take care of it.

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This is not a native reptile, so it may have hitched a ride inside of a shipment to your workplace.  (Unless a coworker had a pet there which escaped).  It is a tropical species.

It's a gecko.  It appears to be a Mediterranean gecko, or a related species.  Set it up in an Exo-Terra or ZooMed terrarium, at least 18 X 12 (larger would be better!).  It will need a regulated heat source (a 90F basking spot, and 80F air temperatures - use a digital thermometer with a remote probe) and a sheet of bark or something similar to act as a hiding spot.  Humdity should be 60 to 80%, so use a forest floor mix, bark, or coco-fiber, and mist often.

The gecko will drink water from droplets, so misting provides drinking water.  Geckos often will not drink standing water, so this is important.

Feed live 1/4 inch crickets dusted with a calcium powder containing vitamin D3, and Repashy crested gecko or day gecko diet, served in a small elevated cup.

(Reptile care is a bit complicated, and the setup can be expensive - if you don't feel up to the commitment, contact a local herp society or reptile rescue group immediately.  While generally hardy, these animals can quickly become ill if they're in inappropriate conditions for long).

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Donna Fernstrom

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My particular focus is on snakes and lizards, but I have a decent smattering of knowledge of turtles and crocodilians as well, plus the experience to get relevant information quickly if I don't have it on hand in my brain. I can answer questions on captive care, diet, breeding, incubation of eggs, starting hatchlings, and more. I am particularly experienced with ball pythons, Lygodactylus geckos and other small lizards with similar care requirements, leopard geckos, and garter snakes.

Experience

I am a professional breeder of ball python morphs, Lygodactylus (dwarf) geckos, and mourning geckos. I have begun working with Irian Jaya carpet pythons, and plan to expand to include more gecko species in the future. I also have a background breeding leopard geckos, and have kept several other species of small lizards, snakes, and a water turtle.

Organizations
Nebraska Herpetological Society (nebherp.org)

Publications
I have many care sheets published on my own website.

Education/Credentials
High School Graduate. Extensively self-taught due to high interest in wildlife and reptile care.

Awards and Honors
Fauna Classifieds board of inquiry Good Guy Certification

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