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Ok heres whats happening, my uncle wants to buy an exotic pet like a millipede or something (actually not a millipede since his girlfriend said no). I was suggesting either a scorpion or a lizard. Now he is the type of guy that doesnt really know how nature works, so i need to be there to tell him what to buy otherwise he will listen to the petsmart people which is a guaranteed doom. My problem here is that i dont know what to buy. Can someone give me a list of dry exotic pets that will fit in 10-20 gallon terranium, i will do the research to see what it needs.

Ones that i have on mind:
Long tailed lizard
Scorpion
 

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We just got an African Dwarf Frog. He could get a few since they are so small. Very cool, and I'm sure his girlfriend would think it was sooooo cute. :wink:
 

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Anoles...better in a 20g...get at least 2...a male and a female or 2 females...

...tarantuala...

...Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches...same sex only, or you run the risk of MANY roaches...

House geckos...but many people find them too dull...

White's Tree Frog...needs to be kept very clean and humid though...a bit too much work for most...

Some of the smaller skinks might do okay...but they hide under the substrate and you rarely get to see them...
 

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hmm maybe a tarantula then since he doesnt really have much time to spend on the vivarium so i dont think he should get anything hard to take care of, he doesnt like cockroaches, probably the only bug he doesnt like, i'll look into geckos as well. Thanks for those
 

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DOOD no one mentioned TURTLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FTW turtles are cute and cool they are great with frogs and you can hold them :D
 

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well how big of a tank will a turtle need? I dont think he has the size and space for a turtle and he wants dry pets.
 

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Depends, does he want Size, Color, Low Maintenance What?

There's leopard geckos, Crested geckos, Scorpions,
Anoles(cant stand them), Skinks, List goes on.

Give me a description of what he wants.

(oh and madagascars dont Breed that Easy....I have tried.)
 

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ok, something easy to care for, he doesnt have much space so a normal 10 gallon or 20 gallon tall terrarium, he doesnt want to spend much money on it so nothing that requires specific things like trees to climb on and stuff, also something that can be fed store bought food would be best since i dont think he will be bothered to set up a cricket colony.

No live plants either, would be too much for him, plastic or silk will be the ones.
 

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KishFeeper said:
DOOD no one mentioned TURTLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FTW turtles are cute and cool they are great with frogs and you can hold them :D
...ACK!!! :shock: NO turtles in a 20g!!! Major waste producers...need LOTS of room to move around in...
 

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I can't think of any critters he could keep that don't require some fussing as to food! :?

I think he'd better reconsider...
 

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well food isnt a problem, just nothing that needs live crickets a lot, im sure he could get live crickets every once and a while but not for the main diet, thats all.
 

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Ok, dry pets. That leaves the African Dwarf Frog out. How about a hermit crab? Another girlfiend favorite, and really easy to take care of.
 

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...had hermit crabs...didn't do well by them...lots of work...
 

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...had hermit crabs...didn't do well by them...lots of work...
REALLY? What did you do that made them lots of work? I had them as a kid all the time and I thought it was the easiest thing ever! I remember changing the water pond to clean and I would sift the sand, a piece of driftwood and some extra shells and that was it.
 

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This is where teh herp master steps in. :lol:

I would go for a yellow throated plated lizard or gerrhosaurus flavigularis.
 

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I have no idea what we did wrong...did everything by the book...

...but you need freshwater and saltwater...needs to be changed and sanitized everyday...they need a variety of foods...needs to be changed/cleaning often to prevent spoilage from the heat and humidity of the tank...they need a selection of shells to exchange...

...and just getting the heat and humidty right was a nightmare :shock: ...

I found them more work than anything else I've ever had...

Plus, if you do manage to keep them properly...expect to have them some 20 years...

And expect to get them a large aquarium too...once they grow they need a fair amount of space to wander about it...
 

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Rue said:
I have no idea what we did wrong...did everything by the book...

...and just getting the heat and humidity right was a nightmare :shock: ...

I found them more work than anything else I've ever had...
Wow, really? I used a large old aquarium (someone gave it to me, it had a leak) and put a screen over it, covered the bottom with a few inches of sand that I had mixed a little water and sea salt in, kept a plant saucer actually placed into the sand filled with tap water. I had driftwood so they could climb all the way up to the screen, and made some caves out of rocks. I would leave a lamp on not too close over the cage during the day to mimic sun. I also misted them twice a day or more on the weekends. I had extra shells laying around, and they would molt every once in a while.

I changed their water every few days, and used a sifter to clean the sand once a week. I had a container of food (I think I remember it being freeze dried brine shrimp), lettuce and apple a few times a week.

I had 2 of them together, and they must've lived for 5 years!

I live in NJ, and we go to the Jersey Shore every year. The boardwalk is filled with stores that have hermit crabs jammed into cages. It makes me so sad.
 

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Rue said:
I have no idea what we did wrong...did everything by the book...

...and just getting the heat and humidity right was a nightmare :shock: ...

I found them more work than anything else I've ever had...
Wow, really? I used a large old aquarium (someone gave it to me, it had a leak) and put a screen over it, covered the bottom with a few inches of sand that I had mixed a little water and sea salt in, kept a plant saucer actually placed into the sand filled with tap water. I had driftwood so they could climb all the way up to the screen, and made some caves out of rocks. I would leave a lamp on not too close over the cage during the day to mimic sun. I also misted them twice a day or more on the weekends. I had extra shells laying around, and they would molt every once in a while.

I changed their water every few days, and used a sifter to clean the sand once a week. I had a container of food (I think I remember it being freeze dried brine shrimp), lettuce and apple a few times a week.

I had 2 of them together, and they must've lived for 5 years!

I live in NJ, and we go to the Jersey Shore every year. The boardwalk is filled with stores that have hermit crabs jammed into cages. It makes me so sad.
ive been to those jersy board walks a long time ago, got me a hermit crab a long time ago, died within weeks a long time ago since me and my sister knew absolutely nothing about them (i was bout 6 or 7 years old)
 

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I know I didn't get the hermit crabs on the boardwalk, but I'm not sure where I got them from. Maybe a pet store? It was very looong time ago, I must've been about 15. They seemed so easy to me, easier than the fish have been!
 
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