Teen Mom Briana DeJesus slammed for buying daughters a gecko without 'knowing how to properly care' for the reptile

Teen Mom Briana DeJesus slammed for buying daughters a gecko without 'knowing how to properly care' for the reptile


TEEN Mom fans slammed star Briana DeJesus for buying her kids a gecko without even knowing how to “properly” take care of the reptile.

The MTV personality, 27, revealed the new family member with a photo of her daughter Nova, 10, holding the tiny pet in her hands.

The tween was all smiles as she held up the gecko, but her mom admitted she bought the reptile before finding out all the responsibilities that go into its care.

With the sweet snapshot on her Instagram Story, Briana wrote: “Welcome to the family Hyuku,” along with a red heart emoji.

She clarified to fans that Hyuku is a leopard gecko.

Along with the introduction, she went on to ask followers to send over “tips on how to properly care for him,” sharing that she didn’t yet know.

Fans blasted the Teen Mom for not being prepared and for not doing her research before welcoming the reptile into the family.

One upset social media user wrote: “Another person spontaneously buying a reptile with no knowledge on their care.”

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Another commented: “If you have to ask for tips on how to take care of a pet then you clearly didn't do enough research and have no business owning it.”

A third worried fan said: “I hope it doesn’t end up dead very soon like so many of the teen mom pets.”

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Others wondered “why” Briana thought it was a good idea to buy the gecko before learning more about the reptiles and said they hope the “beautiful animal gets good, proper care.”

In a video, Briana showed off the gecko’s cage, which had a wooden log, dirt and wood chips, and a water area.

She added that she got superworms and roaches for the pet to eat, but she’s “scared of crickets” so she hasn’t bought them yet.

Briana's sister Brittany was also there checking out the gecko, and she shared her own video of Hyuku, which saw sisters Nova and Stella holding the animal together.

The two smiled as they pet their new family member.


The gift to her kids comes as daughter Stella, four, has been battling major heart issues after being rushed to the hospital.

The Teen Mom 2 star shared a photo of the 4-year-old smiling at the camera with a heart monitor attached to her chest.

Briana captioned it: "Our new friend for the next month.

"(Cardiac event monitor) you guys have been asking! She is okay but Stella has to wear this 24/7 to keep track of her heart."

The mother of two sparked concerns for Stella's health last month when she took the youngster to the hospital.

She didn't reveal why her daughter needed medical attention at the time, but took her to a cardiologist specialist just days later.


Briana posted a photo of Stella lying on a hospital examination bed, wearing wireless headphones and playing on an iPad.

The star wrote: "She's such a brave girl.

"Today we had a very important appointment and I was just a nervous wreck but Stella on the other hand – handled it like a champ!"

She continued to gush: "Stella is so resilient. Mom guilt is so harsh but looking at this photo just brings me at ease bc as long as I see a smile on her face, I also have one."

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