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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-08-2014, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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I want a herp

I have a twenty nine gallon that will not be in use shortly and I want a herp for it. I do have a lot of requirements though:
1 does not need livefood (can do once a month livefood if less than a dollar)
2 BEGINNER! my last herp tries have not gone well.
3 Cheap or no lighting (can provide heatlamp, no uvb unless handle able ( new house has a solarium)
4 CHEAP EVERYTHING. substrate, decor, animal itself, etc..
5 not a snake. mom says no (unless under 6 in)
6 preferably semi-aquatic. no biggy if this one doesn't work
Sorry for being picky...
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-09-2014, 01:47 PM
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Pacman frogs are awesome although they like most herps prefer live food.
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I would go w the bearded dragon or iguana but do need a mix live, fruits, n veggies. Good beginner stuff

Looks like I didnt meet all requirements


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Bearded dragons need live food. An Iguana is going to outgrow that tank quickly and needs uv lighting. Try a small turtle, like a mud turtle. That tank is big enough for it.
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Bearded dragons need live food. An Iguana is going to outgrow that tank quickly and needs uv lighting. Try a small turtle, like a mud turtle. That tank is big enough for it.
Turtles need UV lighting as well.

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Chinese firebelly newt. Frozen bloodworms.
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I will second a firebelly newt. I kept one for years as a child in absolutely deplorable conditions (I was young, didn't know better, and didn't have the internet. I feel bad.) Despite this he survived and grew for years, if not thrived. As I got older I provided him with a light. Fed him mostly pellet food made for Newts and he would eat it up.

If you can dedicate some time to learning about them prior to picking one up on a whim like I did you can probably keep him happy for relatively cheap.
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American toad!!!

They do need live food though!

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What is it with moms and snakes, right? :P

+1 to the newt. You can have some fun creating a semi-aquatic environment for the lil herp.

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Go for a newt. There are many kinds available in the pet trade that are captive bred. Fire bellies are great as others have said, also the rough skinned newt Taricha granulosa granulosa.

With good care they are long lived creatures. I recently buried my fire bellied newt. I had it for 21 years.
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Maybe do a little research on the fire bellied newt issue before buying: Classic case of irresponsible importers and greedy retailers putting native stock at risk. Let's not help them... http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/s...could-be-next/
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Axolotl! Set up a small worm bin and you can almost feed them free.
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post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-27-2014, 01:39 AM
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build a planted tank, and a pair of musk turtles, boom....win for days
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Newts and frogs ain't herps, they're amphibians.

I had a pac-man frog for 8 years... are you ready for that commitment?
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^ whats an amphibian? lol (i'm jkjk that was a moronic attempt at humor for the OP)
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