Andreas never seemed to want attention in our old home. However, since he's been with just me, he's really turned around. Since he seems to be thriving and his vet is pleased with his progress, that's what I'm going to use as my gauge to whether I'm taking care of him properly or not.
One thing I'm really excited about is that his entire tail has molted! It only took six years... He had a very sad first part of his life. He's wild-caught, so he had to endure unspeakable travails being caught in Africa and transported to America. (He had parasites that only appear in wild-caught specimen.) I don't know any more details, other than he was in a pet store, in terrible conditions and on colored sand, when Thomas bought him. Parts of his tail had molted, but until recently, his tail looked like this, partly still colored from the sand.
Now, it's entirely black and healthy: