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Posted by Dimitri on January 22, 1999 at 22:56:26:
In Reply to: Suggestion for animals in classroom posted by MHill on January 22, 1999 at 17:13:07:
Ok, these are my suggestions - most of the animals are relatively cheap to buy and maintain.
1) 30 gal
2) 30 gal
Here I would suggest leopard geckos. You could keep a couple in a tank this size. They are nocturnal animals, but are often out during the day too. They also can become very well adjusted to handling - and in the event that they do bite (I have never seen one bite under normal circumstances) - it doesn't hurt at all.
I would also suggest a tree frog setup. Most tree frogs can be easily maintained on a simple diet of crickets - and depending on the species an accasional pinky mouse
This tank could hold any of a few animals. First, it could hold a small snake. I would suggest either a corn snake or a noel (sp?). Both of these snakes are relatively calm - but they can still bite - and draw blood (actually - my noel has never struck at me).
Second, it could hold tree frogs also. (but fewer than the 30 gallon tank)
Third, it could hold a few newts or something like that - but you didn't seem too excited about that idea.
4) 1-75gal long
Wow, this is a big tank. You have many options with this tank.
First, and my personal suggestion, you could set up a water turtle tank. You could keep a few water turtles that don't get too big in this type of a setup (but they do need a full spectrum light).
Second, you could keep bearded dragons in this tank. They can be a little bit more expensive to buy, but if you get a baby they aren't too bad. Be warned, however, that they do eat quite a bit, but they are VERY friendly lizards.
Third, you could setup a really big amphibian enclosure with frogs and salamanders and newts.
I hope this helps. Feel free to email me with any questions you have about the care of any of these animals. If you do decide to get them (or any other reptiles or amphibians), I suggest you email me or post in this forum or something to get care instructions from experienced people (I am not saying I have all the answers - but I can probably at least point you to someone who does).
Again, I hope I helped-
Best of luck