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Posted by Tor_de_Fartz on February 27, 2003 at 16:13:51:
In Reply to: First Time owner posted by Zurvan on February 27, 2003 at 13:22:44:
First, a few rules:
1. Only adults are suitable for handling.
2. Never keep any of the animals mentioned below over palin sand, especially as babies. Young geckos get impacted on the stuff. Use newspaper for young animals.
3. Be sure to research your animal's needs. Don't trust everything on the net or what the pet store folks tell you.
4. It pays to lay a few more dollars down on quality equipment than to skip out.
5. Decide if you want to bother with crickets. They can be noisy, smelly, and are somethimes anoying all around. If you don't want to fool them (I don't blame you), forget the leopard gecko.
Moderate sized lizards suitable for handling AS ADULTS:
Uromatyx- Most species eat lizard chow and vegetable manner, may not need crickets for adults. Need high tempertures (80-85 in cool end of tank, 90-98 F in warm end) depending on species. Night temps can be cool. Full-spectrum lighting a must. Most Uros like dry, hot conitions. because the eat variety, they are easy to provide a balanced diet for. Twenty gallon long tank minmum for a pair, larger critter cage or breeder tank needed for trios or groups. heat tank with incandescent spot light.
Bearded Dragon: Prefers moving targets, and eat mostly insects as babies, but adults will eat anything from honeydew mellon to quail hatchlings. Funny and okay for handling, can be put outside in summer if temperatures are warm enough (80s). In terraria, 80-85 in cool end of tank, 90-95 in warm end. Likes a bowl for soaking. Also needs full-spectrum light and incandescent basking light.
Leopard Gecko-Babies need lots of warms and are shy, but adults mellow out are great to handle occasioanly. Needs warm temps minimum 78 F degrees in cool end of tank, with range of 80-89 being prefered (that's 80 in the cool end of the tank, 89 in the warm end). In my experience, it is best to give these animals warm tempertures AT NIGHT AS WELL AS DURING THE DAY. Does not need full-spectrum light. Ceramic infrared heater best way to heat terrarium for these guys. A ten gallon tank is okay for one, but pairs or trios need bigger tanks, breeder tanks prefered. Neds shelters in THE WARM AND COOL END OF TERRARIUM.
Crested gecko: Arboreal, likes humidity, but not damp environment. Twenty gallon high minimum for one or two, 29 gallon or larger needed for trios. Use cypress mulch as substrate for adults, although orchid bark works well too. Provides lots of climbing branches, and SHELTERS IN THE WARM AND COOL END OF TANK. Temp preferences: 78 min in cool end of tank, but no hotter than 85 F in the warm end of the tank. Babies are more sensitive, keep between 78 and 82 F. Humidity: 55-70%. Mist cage occasionally. Does not need full spectrum light. If room temp is high enough, these geckos need no extra heating. If the room is chill, then try a red light, or infrared heater, but be careful not to overheat the cage. Eats a variety of fruit baby foods, bird nectars (try the stuff for lorikeets), in addition to live stuff. You may be able to get away with not feding crickets to adults. Babies mostly eat insects (and probably need to).