Thusly, Eldridge died from a combination of starvation and gut infection. I would later learn thatn chameleons in general are very difficult to care for, and are prone to many kinds of infection, especially early in their lives. I had an adult Jackson chameleon for several years (this was a long time ago), and I got him when he was three, and he died when he was six. The average lifespan of male Jacksons is five. Although I was reluctant to buy another lizard from the pet store (might it also have an infection?), I purchase a frog-eyed gecko today from a different, newer pet store (Petzoo). He looks very healthy (and weird) and fits comfortably in Eldridge's old tank, albeit with changes to the environment.
I wanted to salvage Eldridge's skull, but he was so tiny that his bones would have boiled away with the meat. He ended up being put in the garage trash can. :-(
While this is not a picture of the new gecko itself (which I named Big Boss), it is a picture of a frog-eyed gecko.
Frog-eyes are burrowing geckos, and look like a transitional form between wall-crawling geckos and leopard geckos. Like the latter, frog-eyes have no laminae on their toes but instead posess sharp claws. They are burrowing lizards (moreso than leopards) and tend to have the spotted pattern which is so unique to leopard geckos. Their scales overlap, leading to concerns that a sandy substrate could get stuck between their scales. I've read conflicting reports, so bought a small bag of quartz sand for a base layer, and wood chips for an upper layer. He seems to like the quartz sand. Unlike leopard geckos, but like wall-crawlers, frog-eyes lack eyelids and have un-segmented tails. Frog-eyes are comical thanks to their oversized, cone-shaped heads.
Apparently, frog-eyes should not be handled very often, as their scales easily pop off and they become prone to infection (again with the infections!). Leopards have interconnecting scales and are basically smooth-skinned. In all my years with my leopards, I have never seen them cut or injured. Frog-eyes also have a reputation (on the interweb anyway) for being aggressive and difficult to tame. We'll see about that!