Not long ago, Mondo came to live with us.
Mondo (adverb/adjective/slang): used in reference to something very striking or remarkable of its kind; very large or great in amount or number.
Mondo is a crested gecko.
Crested Gecko Facts:
- Originally from southern New Caledonia but now ubiquitous in pet stores and among hobbyists as they are easy to breed and care for, and have a life span of about 15 years.
- Tree dwellers with a semi-prehensile tail, which combined with specialized toes, allow the gecko to climb almost any solid surface (including glass).
- Crested geckos can detach their tails when threatened. Unlike other geckos, crested gecko tails do not grow back once detached.
- Crested geckos are eyelid-less. They use their tongues to clean and moisten their eyes.
- Thought extinct until “rediscovered”, alive and well, in 1994.
- Great jumpers; excellent poses.
A former classroom pet, Mondo was re-homed once before coming to live with us in our office. That makes: us, a dog, two fish, a tarantula, and now a crested gecko.
Have we become “those people”? We are assuredly just a bird or turtle or gerbil away from official menagerie status (faded southern belles need not apply).
So many animals, mondo creatures. Pets galore!
Q: What’s it like living with a crested gecko?
A: It’s like every other day, except now there’s a gecko.
Which is to say, improved somewhat. A measurable improvement on the everyday.