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Re: Reptiles - Geckos, Lizards, Snakes, and Turtles!

Postby OliCat » Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:16 am

I currently have 2 hognose snakes, a Kenyan sand boa, and a crested gecko and 3 giant African land snails. love all my babies, though I'm wanting something else maybe a leopard gecko would a 2ft viv be big enough? and are they fairly cheap to own?







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Re: Reptiles - Geckos, Lizards, Snakes, and Turtles!

Postby Crum » Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:18 am

A 10 gallon tank is 20”x11” And is just barely enough for one (regular sized not giant) leopard gecko. Your 2 foot tank is probably fine. Keep in mind tho that basically any vertical space is useless when it comes to them, it’s all ground space. They can’t climb and don’t bask.
They are really cheap to own though. All you need is a heat mat which is like $20 and you can use stuff around the house for everything else (paper towel substrate plastic container hides etc) but you can always go buy stuff like decorative hides and reptile carpet. I think buying everything for my leo including himself was under $100. Feeding is the only long term expense, and buying a new heat mat every 3 years or so because they stop working. Crickets are going to be about $1-3 a week depending on the size and quantity you feed. Supplements are like $10 a year.


Also Can I see your snails? I love them and want one but I think they’re illegal in the us :(
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Re: Reptiles - Geckos, Lizards, Snakes, and Turtles!

Postby control » Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:29 am

OliCat wrote:I currently have 2 hognose snakes, a Kenyan sand boa, and a crested gecko and 3 giant African land snails. love all my babies, though I'm wanting something else maybe a leopard gecko would a 2ft viv be big enough? and are they fairly cheap to own?


I'm so jealous, I want African land snails but they're illegal here. I think Leos are fairly cheap to own for a reptile. They don't eat as much as other species, and you can start a dubia colony and cut out any expenses for feeders if you're brave enough to keep roaches. More nutritious than crickets anyway
2 ft should be good, and to cut down on costs you could do diy hides and use a substrate like paper towels or shelf liner, I use excavator clay but it's a bit more expensive. You can also make custom backgrounds out of Styrofoam or something so they can have space to climb; most people say they won't climb but if given the option most will
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Re: Reptiles - Geckos, Lizards, Snakes, and Turtles!

Postby Crum » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:21 pm

So I am pretty certain i will be rescuing this beardie next week. I am concerned about a couple things though. Firstly, he has never been fed greens, only freeze dried crickets and mealworms. Obviously, I will be feeding him correctly. I am worried though, will he eat the greens or will he not want them because hes never had them before? What do I do if he doesnt want to eat them, how can I get him to eat them?

Also, how healthy does he look? Hes about a year old. Im concerned that hes underweight and he seems to have droopy eyes.
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Re: Reptiles - Geckos, Lizards, Snakes, and Turtles!

Postby Crum » Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:32 am

Just as I worried he shows no interest in veggies. I’m not sure that he even knows it’s food. I also tried giving him a pinkie and he won’t eat it.

How Can I get him to eat?
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Re: Reptiles - Geckos, Lizards, Snakes, and Turtles!

Postby .kestral » Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:31 am

Don’t give him anything except veggies? Use stuff that smells good, like peeled butternut squash or something. He won’t starve himself, he will go to the veggies eventually. Run bugs over them or put them in them if that helps too.
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Re: Reptiles - Geckos, Lizards, Snakes, and Turtles!

Postby control » Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:18 am

Crum wrote:Just as I worried he shows no interest in veggies. I’m not sure that he even knows it’s food. I also tried giving him a pinkie and he won’t eat it.

How Can I get him to eat?


They really don't need a pinky, only time it's recommended is females who just laid. I entice mine to start eating their veggies by putting bugs in the bottom of the bowl and veggies on top, they accidentally eat the veggies as they go for the bugs. This isn't a long term solution, so when he begins to recognize green stuff as food, you can switch to offering just greens. He won't starve himself, so you'll have to wait it out
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Re: Reptiles - Geckos, Lizards, Snakes, and Turtles!

Postby WhiteWater ; » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:35 am

leopard gecko post yup

So. For Christmas I got another 55 gallon aquarium to be put into my room, however the exact spot won't hold the weight of a water filled tank, so I decided to go reptile. Now,I know he doesn't need such a large tank and he will currently go into a smaller terrarium, though I like spoiling my animals and will be moving him to the 55 gallon once he's a bit bigger.
I have owned a leopard gecko before, who lived to be 9 years (and considering in that time we moved 4 times, Is amazing). I happened to be in a reptile store today,and stumbled upon the most adorable baby ever.
By baby, I mean barely over 2 inches. He was being sold as a normal LG, though I haven't seen a "normal" with his pattern. I know he's young and patterns will change as he ages, but he's still gorgeous?! He has a solid vertical black bar down his back.

If anybody has some advice for feeding him as well? He was on a diet of mealworms and crickets, however they seem so big for his tiny mouth,but I've never owned such a small leo before and what I'm finding on Google is different everywhere, so if any you guys have advice?

He is still shy and nervous, though he still is young. So I get to work on taking him, which I'm looking forward to!

Also any name suggestions would be cool? Heh
Sorry for the lame pictures. I'm currently on my way home with him!

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Re: Reptiles - Geckos, Lizards, Snakes, and Turtles!

Postby maninkari » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:37 am

^ He's very pretty! Name him something cute, because he's adorable lol.
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Re: Reptiles - Geckos, Lizards, Snakes, and Turtles!

Postby Crum » Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:14 am

I bought the bearded dragon I rescued a large bearded dragon tank (little larger than a 40 breeder) , quite an upgrade from the 29 gallon tank he was living in .-.
One thing I notice is he is constantly scratching at the glass. He did that in his old tank too but I guess now that he has more room to do it he does it twice as much. He usually starts by sitting in his water bowl then smearing the water all over the glass and drenching the carpet.... then he just goes back and forth forever standing on his back legs scratching at the glass. I’ll take him out for a few minutes and then set him back in his basking spot and then he stops for a few hours.
Does he just want attention? Or is there some other issue?
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