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LasColinasCichlids 04-12-2011 12:47 AM

Ideas anyone?
Hi all!!
Okay, so I pretty well versed in most animal care, and am ready to take the jump into reptile or amphibian ownership. The issue I have run into is tank sizes that I have room for, and all the animals I would be interested in, I dont have the space to house, and the ones I could house I dont like. (at least the ones I am aware of)
I wanted, still do but cant at the moment, a Russian Tortoise. Dont have the room for a 3 foot by 2 foot home, and fear my cat would sit on top of it all day.
Fell in love with Chinese Water Dragons, but that is too big of a lizard and too large of a cage.
With my fish hobby and my gardening hobby and my dog and my cat money is thin, so I dont want to purchase a $100 pet (such as the Russian Tort).

So, I thought I would start a thread here and see if anyone has any suggestions for a new pet that can be housed in a tank size of around 10 gallons (or one of those really cool new rep/amphib houses they sell at petsmart and foster&smith that have the latching and locking door the ZooMed/Exo Terra Naturalistic Glass Terrariums...looking into the small sized one that is on sale at Petsmart for like $40 right now). Also dont want to have to feed live food, like crickets...I just can NOT deal with insects, I hate them, I fear them! And no snakes!!! And no spiders of any kind!! Eww!!

New pet should also be relatively low cost as far as tank set up goes (no super expensive equipment). The pet should also be relatively affordable. It doesnt need to be cuddly, but it would be nice to be able to handle it once in a while. And it should be a pet easy to find at stores such as Petsmart or a local reptile store.

Considered hermit crabs...way too much hassle for a pet that is claimed to be so easy, at least if cared for properly as I would do, its just too much!

Thought about a lepord gecko, but not sure on needs and am a tad fearful of touching one...I guess I just need to do it and get over it.

Considered the anole lizard...but it gets too long for the size tank I am talking about, even though I could get over the idea of never touching it.

Considered toads...but they just dont sit right with me, and I have an ADF so I can live without a toad.

Iquana's are too big (I am considering full grown size for any pet bought).

Havent thought about a bearded dragon...I will research them momentarily, but I believe they are too large as well.

Any ideas???

Cassandra90 04-12-2011 10:25 AM

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A crested Gecko would be great, they perfer room temps about 72 to 80, and humidity should be average (50-60%), 10 gallon would be perfect, will need hiding spots, vines, coverage and a moist hide with damp moss, they need to be able to climb, sunstrate can be from reptile carpet, paper towel, to peat, and jump in their homes, average lifespan 10 years.

Of course they eat bugs, but they do love fruit and baby food. My friends love bananas and apple sauce. If feeding insects, you could use wax worms, silk worms, which you do not need to touch, just scoop them out and roll in calcium powder and put into a dish into the cage that the gecko can see and get to. New ones may give a hard time eating new diets. But with consistancy it will work to get them to eat other things then what the store was feeding them.

Cassandra90 04-12-2011 10:43 AM

Also if you are more interested in a leopard gecko, I do have one myself. Just let me know.

lanceq 04-12-2011 02:56 PM

Agree with Cassandra,crested sounds like your best choice.Although I've never had them I have been around them a fair bit.I have kept leopards,beardies,chamelons,and monitors.
The leopard would be my next choice,although they would need the insects occasionally,and bearded dragons would soon outgrow a ten gallon,lol and they luv thier bugs(and mice).
Unfoutunatly of the three the beardie makes the best of the interactive pet.
lol sorry not to much help so far:roll:
Let us know what you decide,and please post pics I miss my old rep days:-P

LasColinasCichlids 04-12-2011 03:18 PM

Thanks guys for the replies!!!

What about the panther gecko? Anyone have experience there?

Geckos look like the best bet, and I can always make my hubby feed the crickets! lol Eww...I shiver just thinking about it!!! lol

No pics for a while, i wont be venturing out for purchase until later in the summer, but I want time to decided and research so I know what I am getting into and so any pet has the best chance with me. :)

Thanks again, you two have been AWESOME!!!

lanceq 04-12-2011 03:24 PM

Sorry kiddo no help there,but yeah a gecko is prob yer best bet.
If you are looking for one to interact with I would just recomend staying away from the white linned or the tokay geckos.In my opinnon those are the two nastiest that I have come across

Cassandra90 04-12-2011 03:34 PM

Panther geckos are about the same care as a crested gecko, except I think they perfer more of a meaty diet of insects. Also they more misting on these guys since they mostly drink their water from the droplets on the leaves.

Cassandra90 04-12-2011 03:52 PM

No problem...I have had reptiles pretty much my whole life, mostly geckos and lizards, or I know people that have them.

Some interesting facts:
Leopard geckos are pretty much the only gecko that has eyelids.
Leopard and Crested geckos actually bark.

Cassandra90 04-12-2011 04:00 PM

Sorry, after asking my friend about his panther gecko, their main staple diet is insects. Also they do not need much climbing structure in the tank, they are a ground dweller and the daylight temp needs to reach 85, and night should be 75 to 80.

ElectricBlueJackDempsey 04-12-2011 04:15 PM

I have 3 crested geckos and they are my favorite out of the geckos I own. Easy to feed and low maintenance

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