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    Reptiles!

    How many people here are also into reptiles? I know Ben (@swoof) is.

    Reptiles were my first passion when it came to glass boxes we call tanks.

    These are photos of my current animals. The ackie with the nubby tail was purchased that way, fetched a hefty discount ($125+shipping for a $400 animal). I donít mind and think it adds character! He has been appropriately named Stubs lol


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    Ackies are fricken awesome. I had a trio awhile back and donated them to the biology teacher at my local HS. They were the students favorite lizards, it was like having Jurassic Park in the classroom they were so fun to watch hunt and dig. Reminds us that the dinosaurs were much more "birdlike" than crocodiles or alligators like they are often compared to. Awesome animals to keep.

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    I keep a few reptiles myself also. All are geckos.3C7CC76F-2670-4668-86FA-EDA0BE52CBFC.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poke View Post
    I keep a few reptiles myself also. All are geckos.3C7CC76F-2670-4668-86FA-EDA0BE52CBFC.jpg
    Absolutely beautiful! What species of rhac. is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by varanidguy View Post
    Absolutely beautiful! What species of rhac. is that?
    Chahoua

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poke View Post
    Chahoua
    Thatís what I was thinking but Iím not the best with rhacs. Absolutely beautiful!


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    Quote Originally Posted by dave7739 View Post
    Ackies are fricken awesome. I had a trio awhile back and donated them to the biology teacher at my local HS. They were the students favorite lizards, it was like having Jurassic Park in the classroom they were so fun to watch hunt and dig. Reminds us that the dinosaurs were much more "birdlike" than crocodiles or alligators like they are often compared to. Awesome animals to keep.
    They really are amazing little lizards! I love the larger species of monitors as well, but they just take so much more space to keep properly. These little gems are perfect!

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    I have always wanted a leopard gecko
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by geektom View Post
    I have always wanted a leopard gecko
    Get one! They are inexpensive, very easy to care for (I can tell you a few tricks to make it a walk in the park), generally very tame with regular handling, and you can practically pick your favorite color and get one in that color.

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    I always wanted a free-house tokay gecko.

    A friend of mine used to just let his wander and trained it to poop in a disfigured plant in his living room, and would pop up during feeding time.

    No one picked that guy up, either. He would just pop up on the couch from time to time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    I always wanted a free-house tokay gecko.

    A friend of mine used to just let his wander and trained it to poop in a disfigured plant in his living room, and would pop up during feeding time.

    No one picked that guy up, either. He would just pop up on the couch from time to time.
    Tokays are usually pretty nasty. lol I wouldn't pick it up either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    I always wanted a free-house tokay gecko.

    A friend of mine used to just let his wander and trained it to poop in a disfigured plant in his living room, and would pop up during feeding time.

    No one picked that guy up, either. He would just pop up on the couch from time to time.
    Back in the day - I worked at a pet store with a bunch of loose Tokays. They survived off of the roaches, crickets, and mice that ran around the pet store. It was always funny to hear about employees from the adjacent grocery store that freaked out when they saw these 2ft. lizards running along the walls at night. Maybe not 2ft, but those were easily the largest Tokays that I have ever seen!

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    When I was like 5 my dad had a green Iguana with a 100 gallon tank with driftwood that came out and ran along the top wall across the whole apartment to let him have free reign from a safe perch. I plan on getting my daughter some poison dart frogs one day.

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    More Tanks!

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    Dale has the best New Caledonian geckos!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by varanidguy View Post
    How many people here are also into reptiles? Reptiles were my first passion when it came to glass boxes we call tanks.
    My interest in this hobby started when I was searching for a tank for my baby corn snake.



    I've always wanted a snake and I chose a species that my little kids can handle comfortably when it's an adult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyoni View Post
    My interest in this hobby started when I was searching for a tank for my baby corn snake.



    I've always wanted a snake and I chose a species that my little kids can handle comfortably when it's an adult.
    Corn snakes are awesome! They can have a lot of energy and personality, thatís a good choice.

    Hereís a recent picture of the ackies.




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    My wife witnessed my brother in law get bitten by my son's ball python while he was trying to feed it (3 things that made me roll my eyes and finally ask, "is the snake fine? Because a broken jaw is not inside my wheelhouse), and now is very much frightened by the idea of keeping the snake in the house, let alone, my son handling her.

    She does not get handled as much as my snakes did when I was a child, but I am not personally one who enjoys rehoming pets, let alone reptiles whom already suffer from the rehome disease as a Phylum.

    Blaaah. Love reptiles and amphibians, but dealing with folks who are uncomfortable with them makes my anxiety go through the roof, and no logic or reasoning can ever change that.

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    It is sad that all snakes have such a bad rap. People don't realize that most "attacks" are due to their poor aiming when being fed. This is why it's not recommended to hand feed snakes so they don't associate your fingers with food.

    I'm fortunate that my husband supports me in whatever pets I decide to buy/adopt. Prior to the snake, I had raised 3 dwarf & 5 standard sized rats and they made amazing pets! The only downside to having pet rats is that they have a very short lifespan.

    I've never raised lizards before but I often see wild ones that sunbathe outside my home. I think lizards are adorable but I actually don't like to touch insects so... if such a lizard existed that never eats insects, I'd be in line to get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyoni View Post
    It is sad that all snakes have such a bad rap. People don't realize that most "attacks" are due to their poor aiming when being fed. This is why it's not recommended to hand feed snakes so they don't associate your fingers with food.

    I'm fortunate that my husband supports me in whatever pets I decide to buy/adopt. Prior to the snake, I had raised 3 dwarf & 5 standard sized rats and they made amazing pets! The only downside to having pet rats is that they have a very short lifespan.

    I've never raised lizards before but I often see wild ones that sunbathe outside my home. I think lizards are adorable but I actually don't like to touch insects so... if such a lizard existed that never eats insects, I'd be in line to get one.
    Yep! The vast majority of bites are the fault of the handler/keeper because they make a mistake. Not to say that people who get bit necessarily suck or anything, but every time I've been bit, I can honestly think about it and say "yep, that was my own fault."

    Largest lizard I've ever been bit by was a 5 foot nile monitor - doing exactly as you said. Hand feeding, I had done it plenty of times before, but my mistake was I held the rat by the base of the tail rather than the tip and wasn't paying attention to the lizard (trying to show off). It jumped up and grabbed my hand and slid down, causing nice lacerations. Largest snake was an 8 foot carpet python. It was also during feeding but I didn't have a rat in my hand, but smelled like one having fed several snakes before this one. It grabbed my hand and constricted my arm. It hurt much, much less than the lizard - I just calmly walked into the bathroom of the shop and ran its head under water. It quickly let go, allowing me to uncoil it, put it in a rubbermaid tub, and feed it the correct prey. Of course there are many other bites from other animals, too various to count, but I've been bit by everything from hatchling leopard geckos to big monitors and tegus - and everything in between. Every instance was my fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    My wife witnessed my brother in law get bitten by my son's ball python while he was trying to feed it (3 things that made me roll my eyes and finally ask, "is the snake fine? Because a broken jaw is not inside my wheelhouse), and now is very much frightened by the idea of keeping the snake in the house, let alone, my son handling her.

    She does not get handled as much as my snakes did when I was a child, but I am not personally one who enjoys rehoming pets, let alone reptiles whom already suffer from the rehome disease as a Phylum.

    Blaaah. Love reptiles and amphibians, but dealing with folks who are uncomfortable with them makes my anxiety go through the roof, and no logic or reasoning can ever change that.
    Yeah that's not fun. With reptiles, it can be exceptionally hard to help people get over their fear of them. You'd be surprised how many people may be willing to take it if you really need to find a home for it, though.

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