Advertisement Having a hard time registering in the gecko forums, so I figured a lot of people who own inverts also own reptiles, so it's worth a shot to seek advice here. So I just recently got a crested gecko, an adult male without a tail of an unknown age (the shop had him for a very, very long time). While I've owned many animals (namely rodents and inverts), he's the first reptile I've ever had on my own (my parents reptiles don't count!). So, I've been very excited to begin my own journey into the reptile world starting with this little guy. Tomorrow will mark his 1 week anniversary with me and I was planning on beginning handling at that time. Today, I found him on his food/water ledge and I took the opportunity to make up some food and I began handfeeding him off his mixing spoon. It was going great, and he seemed to really like the new food brand I was giving him. I was so happy he had enough trust to let me feed him, that this was a great, positive step towards taming this gecko... But then it went wrong... I suddenly began feeling very dizzy, everything went black, and I fell to the floor with a loud crashing noise. This crashing noise obviously spooked my gecko. When I came to, I saw he was no longer on the feeding ledge and I immediately shut the door, but too late. I found him OUTSIDE his enclosure. I've never picked up a crested gecko on my own before, and I began panicking before gathered myself and managed to get him to run onto my hand using the under-the-chin-with-one-hand-and-touch-the-butt-with-the-other technique. Both he and I were understandably very freaked out about what just happened, but I tried to remain calm for his sake. I let him jump and move from hand-to-hand for a bit, talking sweetly to him the whole time to try to help soothe him. I just needed him calm enough to let me bring him back to his enclosure and open the door without him taking the crestie-patented "leap of faith" in the process. After a few moments, I got that opportunity and returned him back inside where he was quick to make distance from me. Now my anxiety is sky-high. This is only the second time he's officially met me, the first being the ride home from the shop, and both times gave him great stress. I'm so scared that this incident has left him with a negative association with me and that this incident has been a "one step forward, a million steps back". That everything is ruined. My logical side is telling me to carry on as originally planned and not let this get to me. The plan was that I was going to begin handling him tomorrow and this was merely a set-back that the gecko will not hold against me. Tomorrow, I would also be receiving Pangea's Watermelon and Mango and I can use that to try to make it up to him. My friend is reassuring me that she once accidentally hit her leopard gecko when she first got it and the gecko nonetheless tamed down after a few days of "being mad" at her. I'm assuming the crested will be the same and that I'm just overthinking this whole mess? I dunno, I'm just seeking advice on what to do next to help calm my anxiety over this situation. Thanks to anyone reading this far.