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Posted by en on May 06, 2003 at 14:40:38:
In Reply to: Help Me! posted by TheNakedCowboy1 on May 05, 2003 at 21:28:58:
Although others mentioned that cresteds only get to about 10 inches, there are other geckos in the Rhac family. By your size range, an adult R. Leachianus would be a pretty good match. Adult leachies can get up to and over 12 inches, and even up to a pound. They're an impressive sight to say the least.
I'm only a couple years older than you so I understand the budget, and the interest in finding something that can be somewhat interactive. I too built an enclosure for for my first leachianus, and was very proud of my work. Glass enclosures aren't the best ideas for most of the rhacs because it's difficult to keep in the necessary humidity, but I've been guilty of keeping adult gargoyles, and hatchling leachianus in them.
Leachies will most likely fit into your price range too, as you can probably find a hatchling or young animal for $250 at the lowest, and the prices go up from there. As long as you get the care requirements right the first time you'll be fine, and they truly are a pleasure to keep.
Sorry but I have absolutely no idea what you were talking about when mentioning the "tube feeding", but an alternative of just throwing the crickets into the tank would be bowl feeding.
If you're still interested, do some research on www.rhacodactylus.net as well as doing a search in the rhac archives and the normal gecko archives.
This whole message was a bit general, and disorganized, but it's just to give you an idea of what their care is all about. If you have more questions don't hesitate to ask them.
BTW I included a pic of one of my leachies.