Skittish crested gecko- any ideas to help?

All the cresties ive had have been runners/jumpers. Not so much when Im reaching in their enclosure, but when Im trying to hold them. Rather suicidal, and just LEAP into nothing…

How often do you hold them and how old are they?

A lot can be, especially when young.
How often do you handle and ages of them as said above? :blush:

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One of my leopard geckos used to do that. Once he leapt 3 feet towards his enclosure and then caught the stand with his front feet and held there long enough for me to get him. I got the hint that he wanted back in his enclosure.

Update. He’s a lot less skittish now. he will occasionally poop on me, but I can hold him outside of the enclosure for a good 30 seconds without him trying to jump. Soon I will try a reptiliatus style hand feeding thing to get him even less skittish. Progress!

Glad to hear he’s less skittish. You both have done well to bond :relaxed:

Just remember jumping isn’t always a sign of running away, it’s natural for them… In fact they love it.

So given the right place to walk or jump, you can find them enjoying jumping from one hand to the other no problem.