We are looking to get my daughter her first reptile (at her request), and after research and chatting to some stores it seems the Leopard Gecko is the ideal choice for her. We have spent a while looking at research on habitats, feeding etc., and the only thing that concerns me about the care is the suggestion that 'pinkies' should be used in the diet on a regular (if not frequent) basis. Having worked with rodents in university, and had rats and mice as pets, i'm not sure I could bring myself to feed a pinkie to a gecko, regardless of how cute the gecko was Are pinkies really 'required'? Also, will we end up with tons of crickets laying around while we fatten them up, or do you recommend buying them only as needed - that is, only keeping enough for the upcoming week for instance. Any help or direction is needed. We are new to reptiles, but are excited about it, and want to make sure we do our best for the gecko. edit: we were just offered a 1 yr old Crested Gecko from someone who can no longer look after it. Is a crested a similarly good 'starter' reptile? we have always been an adopt or rescue family versus buying from the pet stores, so this appeals to me.