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Posted by RhacsRsweet on January 13, 2003 at 17:10:22:
In Reply to: Re: Wanting to get a Rhac. Leachianus PLEASE HELP! posted by Clipso on January 13, 2003 at 14:40:45:
Leachies are really cool, but since this is your first rhac I would have to agree with mike. I should also let you know that leachies can bite despite what everyone else says. I've heard that their bite is very painful too. Before you go and spend $300+(I have seen $500 as the average) it would be a good idea to get a cresty. If you get a cresty and you get everything down(feeding, humidity, heating, etc.) then a leachie might be next. I can't tell you how many animals of mine died in my early years(about 12 years ago) because I didn't know what to do. I've known people who have bought a $250 animal and $300 worth in caging. It(a monitor, never saw it, friend of my dad's) died a month later. He didn't do any research on it and had the same "I've had a few reptiles before so this will be fine" attitude I've seen so many people have towards new and expensive animals. These are very different from leopards. Before I get a new type of reptile I research for a long time, so that I will know as much as I can before problems can happen(researched cresties for 4 months before I got one). Both cresties and leachies are similair in care, but leachies are a more advanced. Everyone on this forum probably agrees on this issue, but it is your decision. Just remember that many people on this forum have been keeping reptiles for 7,8,9,10+ (11 myself) years and they are trying to help you so that you don't get yourself into a big problem. We only try to help. Good luck!
::If you are new to rhacs (and it sounds like you are), I would get a crested. Leachies are a little more advanced, and you do not want to spend $300 or more on a gecko if you are not familiar with the genus yet. Not to mention they require a lot of room. Cresteds are great introductory animals. They are very hardy and handable, information for their care is also readily available.
:I understand that they are a little more advanced and my parents understand that too. They have agreeded that if I pay for it then we can build a cage and all. I wanted to research them and all first and i do understand that they are very costly, but I don't mind. I am still looking for a caresheet though and I do appriciate the info but I still would like a leachianus. All the help I can get would be helpful.