View Poll Results: When your gecko arches is it because he's threatened or friendly?

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  • Friendly, he does it when he enjoys being pet.

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  • Threatened, he does it when he wants me to leave him alone.

    13 43.33%
  • Neither, he doesn't ever arch his back like that.

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    Default Back Arching? Threat or Pet?

    I've had a gecko for about ten years now and I've just recently thought about some of his behavior and wondered if its normal.
    When I pet my gecko he often arches his back into the pet, much like a cat does. I often pet him from his nose to his tail and he'll arch the whole time, rubbing his head on my hand finger while closing his eyes and arching his back/tail.
    I was just doing some reading and I found a few sources saying that, when threatened, geckos will often arch their back as a threat gesture. I was surprised to see this because my gecko is super friendly, always willing to be held and has literally never tried to nip at me even while being fed medicines, ext.
    I'm just wondering if anyone else experiences this and whether you think it is a threat gesture or sometimes a gecko enjoying being pet.

    I'm thinking there is no way he can be threatened, he often falls asleep while I'm petting him so I'm mainly just wondering how common this is or if I have a weirdly friendly gecko.
    Any experiences?

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    i think there is a difference between enjoying a pet and being threatened- ive experienced both recently- my sophie, she enjoys the pet, just as you discribed your gecko- i also have a new one, wolf, who, if i put my finger next to his body, he will arch his back and RETRACT from being touched. personaly, i dont know entirely why they seem to enjoy a good rub ( thier delicate skin, perhaps?) but watching wolf, it looks entirely different- he tries to make himself look as big as possible and swings his tail back and forth ( not like feeding)- i would love to know more on this, but these are only my observations
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    I can't claim that the geckos "enjoy" a pet (all of my geckos have always done the back arch as well) but it has never seemed to cause a stress or threat response. So at the very worst I think it is just a physical impulse and at the very best they enjoy it immensely. I have never seen with my own eyes the threat response to compare.
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    im pretty sure one of my geckos loves being pet on the back. i can sit there for 5 min rubbing his back with my finger and he will sit there as well with his back arched with his head pointed straight up in the air and it looks like he loves it!
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    lol, they might like or dislike being "pet" But generally a back arch (a lot like alligators) Is a display to predators saying "Look how big I am, I'm a tough guy, you cant eat me!"

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    too true! i know sophie doesnt do it, and shes near full grown, but wolf, who is only a couple of months and waaay smaller does it- its silly
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    Op. That's pretty sweet of your gecko lol wish myn did something like that! It takes ages to get her to keep still once I start touching her back, it's like she's not fond of it and try's to scuttle away a few steps, so I don't bother that much. I think she just prefurs to use me as a extra large heatpad

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    Mine will move into most kinds of pressure, if that's what you mean - he sticks close to the "walls" and will automatically move his head/body/tail closer to something that touches them if he's in an open space. As for arching his back when I'm not specifically touching it, I don't believe he's ever done that around me. When he's startled he usually just goes into an S-curve and starts snaking his tail, which actually does look pretty darn scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt1851 View Post
    im pretty sure one of my geckos loves being pet on the back. i can sit there for 5 min rubbing his back with my finger and he will sit there as well with his back arched with his head pointed straight up in the air and it looks like he loves it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repkyle View Post
    I think she just prefurs to use me as a extra large heatpad
    same! my girl will always go up to my left side of my neck and just flatten out ( when she feels willing to stop for a minute or two )
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