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Posted by K1LOS on December 06, 2002 at 00:40:32:
In Reply to: I wanna get a reptile! posted by digi on December 05, 2002 at 16:52:01:
Well Digi, i would definately rule out a tortoise. Not because i have a turtle, but because they require far more space then you have to give, and will generate alot more expense then you have to offer.
The leopard gecko is my personal recommedation digi. I wasn't aware of the mealworm idea, but with that new information, i give my seal of approval 8) . Plus you can getem for ~$40-80, and are frequently recommended for herp newbs.
You can buy mealworms in a pretty descent quantity, and keep them in a margarine style container. However, i do understand that when they get bigger, a few pinky mice would be appretiated. You said your tank was a 20 gallon right? that should be plenty for a leopard gecko, they get to about 6inches i think, is that right?
You are gonna wanna make sure that under tank heater is up and working, and you'd also likely want to get a heat rock ( a fake rock that you plug in and it generates heat for them to bask on). I am not sure of their lighting requriements, do they need UVB? You will need a shallow water dish, but that will be easy enough to come by. What would you use for substrate? There are a few options i've heard of, newspaper ( dunno how healthy that is, and looks pretty crappy), wood chips ( be careful, there is one type of wood that you aren't supposed to use for this), and mulch ( is this to moist?). Having a substrate will make cleaning more of a messy job, but you'd likely need it for insulation from the under tank heater. Anyways dude, there is a start of what you need to look into. Check all that stuff out, and keep checkin here for any problems you have. These forums helped me out when i had questions bout my turt.
ttyl, gimme a call