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Posted by Tor_de_Fartz on March 08, 2003 at 16:05:42:
In Reply to: I don't know which to get next! posted by perniks813 on March 06, 2003 at 19:54:59:
Well, leopard geckos and crested geckos don't need full-spectrum lighing. Collard lizards and bearded dragons do. on the other hand, most of the lizards you mentioned can be handled as adults, with the exception of the collard. As for diet, the leopard gecko and collard lizard are insect eaters, with collard lizard appreciating an occasional smaller lizard. both will eat pinkies as adults. Crested geckos you might be able to get away with not giving them any live insects, depending on the diet offered. Beardeds are easy to feed to, as babies they like bugs, and as adults they seem to prefer them, but they will also eat hatchling birds, honey-dew mellon, kale, sliced apple, regular bearded dragon chow (you can also use iguana chow), and other stuff.
All except for the crested gecko like dry cages. The crested gecko is the easiest to provide heat for. it likes temps between 78-85 degrees. If your room temp is in that range, you do not need to heat the tank. Leopard can get by without heaters if the room temp is at least 80. Bearded dragons and collard lizards need bright basking lights, but can stand cool nights temps. Both wood be great lizards to place outside in the summer, if temps are in the 80s.
Cage sizes; single leopard can get by in ten gallon, crested or collard will need 29 gallon or larger for a pair, preferably critter cages or breeder tanks. Bearded dragons will need bigger cages than that, even for one. All of these lizard, except the crested, do well in large plastic sweater boxes, as long as the proper temps and lighting are provided.
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