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help me please!


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Posted by Matthew W. on May 06, 2003 at 10:17:52:

In Reply to: help me please! posted by TheNakedCowboy1 on May 05, 2003 at 21:31:22:

Hi Kevin,

You are absolutely correct about most people not doing much research before they buy a pet, that includes adults :-( Very sad. But good for you! I have to agree with Carole that a Bearded Dragon would probably be your best choice for what you have described. A Blue Tongue skink would also have been great if your Step-Mom were not opposed (probably because they look like snakes).

One thing that I think you really should be considering though, is what you will do with your pet if you are planing to go off to college in a couple of years. I don't know if I'm assuming too much but you may find it difficult to sneak a medium to large lizard into a dorm room, especially if you have a roommate. I happened to go to a school that gave you a single room after your first year and I managed to sneak quite a few lizards into my room as the years progressed. If you're unable to bring him with you, who will take care of your new pet, who may live for 10 or more years and require often expensive and time consuming care (i.e. daily feeding, vet visits, cage cleaning, light maintenance, time out of the cage, etc.) I don't want to make you feel discouraged but you have presented yourself as a responsible person and this is definitely something a responsible pet owner must consider. "Can I take care of this animal properly for the whole of it's life". I was also considering bringing herps into the home when I was in high school but thankfully my mother raised just these points with me. I waited until I got to college and had my own room before I got my first lizard. In that case reptariums were a God-send for moving in and out of the dorms. Even if your not going off to college, much of what I said here should still be considered before buying a pet. Best of luck to you Kevin.

Best,

Matthew

:Well, I am 15 years old and looking to buy a lizard for my room. I am very responsible for my age I guess because most other kids would not be doing research as to what I should get. I have been looking for like a month and still have no idea what to get. I want something a little like this ...
:- 1-2 feet or so long
:- Very tame yet not totally boring (as in it will still walk on me and stuff)
:- Colorful and interesting looking
:- Looking for one of the following colors: Green, Red, Orange, Yellow. Pretty much anything but brown
:- Not a skink (my stepmom doesn't want me to get one for some reason)

:Now I can take care of it and I have about 500$ to spend on a tank and everything. I plan on doing a tube-feeding type system where you drop the food in and they scurry out the hole in the tube and the lizard gets them. Is this optimal or is there a better way?

:I also plan on building my own tank. I am very experienced with this as I have built 3 100 Gallon Fish tanks in the past and never had a leak. Long story short: my dad works in a fish-store. What is the tank size I will need for the kind that you recomend?

:Also, I have heard about duos and trios of lizards (1.1 or a 1.2) and I think this could work, but if I got this I would want their combined length to be no longer than 3 feet. What is a good pair/trio for this?

:I know I have a lot of questions but I can't seem to find a lot of info on the net. Please help!

:Thanks A lot,
:Kevin





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