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Favorite Herp

Hey everybody! I have been wondering about getting a "exotic" pet and was wondering what you guy's favorites are.
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turtles, hands down. long living....personality like nobodies business. and easy to care for with the right information.

also the ladies love turtles.
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Tortoises are cool, I have 3 Greeks and 2 Red foots. Iguanas are neat, Cuban rock iguanas are better than the greens.
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i have a sub adult sulcata, and holy cow is he big. roams my house during the winter, and cruises the backyard for the summer.
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Oh, that's a harder question than you think! Over the years I've kept a little of everything, but I LOVE Uromastyx lizards and dart frogs both. One of my favorite recommendations for both newbies and experts are lizards of the Uromastyx genus as they are generally VERY tame lizards, especially the Mali and banded and are super cool. I also love geckos and have bred a few species. Gargs and cresties are great starts as they are hardy and forgiving of errors. If frogs are your thing, check out dart frogs! They are probably my favorite group of creatures that I've ever owned, plus they are very easy to keep if you do your research. Dendroboard.com is an amazing resource for anything darts and I frequent that forum.

Without further ado, here is my current collection!
The scaly ones:

Mali uromastyx (Uromastyx dispar maliensis)
Banded uromastyx (Uromastyx flavofasciata)
Saharan uromastyx (Uromastyx geyri)
Crested geckos (Correlophus ciliatus)
Gargoyle geckos (Rhacodactylus auriculatus)
Mourning geckos (Lepidodactylus lugubris)
Lined day gecko (Phelsuma lineata)
Rosy boas (Lichanura trivirgata)
Brazilian rainbow boa (Epicrates centria centria)

The slimy ones:
Dendrobates tinctorius 'azureus', 'powder blue'
Dendrobates leucomelas 'standard Guyana'
Phyllobates terribilis 'mint'
Ranitomeya imitator 'Tarapoto'
Ranitomeya vanzolinii
Ranitomeya variabilis 'highland'
Ranitomeya fantastica 'lowland'
Oophaga pumilio 'Man Creek', 'Cristobal'
Darts are addicting, BTW! So if you go that route, it will be very hard to leave

John
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Pancake Tortoise!!! They are so fun to have and watch.
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Its overdone, but as a great first herp (or even great first pet honestly) ball pythons Python regius are hard to beat. Super tame, super chill, and you can go anywhere from a quality normal to some ridiculous color/pattern mutation that is worth more than my college education lol

Uromastyx are cool as well, also relatively easy to care for, just not as common so idk if price is an issue. Personally though, I want a caiman lizard one day, and a nice big water monitor, and some sort of large python. Ugh, why is everything I like large, expensive, and requires a lot of experience? lol

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Oh, that's a harder question than you think! Over the years I've kept a little of everything, but I LOVE Uromastyx lizards and dart frogs both. One of my favorite recommendations for both newbies and experts are lizards of the Uromastyx genus as they are generally VERY tame lizards, especially the Mali and banded and are super cool. I also love geckos and have bred a few species. Gargs and cresties are great starts as they are hardy and forgiving of errors. If frogs are your thing, check out dart frogs! They are probably my favorite group of creatures that I've ever owned, plus they are very easy to keep if you do your research. Dendroboard.com is an amazing resource for anything darts and I frequent that forum.

Without further ado, here is my current collection!
The scaly ones:

Mali uromastyx (Uromastyx dispar maliensis)
Banded uromastyx (Uromastyx flavofasciata)
Saharan uromastyx (Uromastyx geyri)
Crested geckos (Correlophus ciliatus)
Gargoyle geckos (Rhacodactylus auriculatus)
Mourning geckos (Lepidodactylus lugubris)
Lined day gecko (Phelsuma lineata)
Rosy boas (Lichanura trivirgata)
Brazilian rainbow boa (Epicrates centria centria)

The slimy ones:
Dendrobates tinctorius 'azureus', 'powder blue'
Dendrobates leucomelas 'standard Guyana'
Phyllobates terribilis 'mint'
Ranitomeya imitator 'Tarapoto'
Ranitomeya vanzolinii
Ranitomeya variabilis 'highland'
Ranitomeya fantastica 'lowland'
Oophaga pumilio 'Man Creek', 'Cristobal'
Darts are addicting, BTW! So if you go that route, it will be very hard to leave

John
Got any pics? I would love a uromastyx, but their intense heating needs seem... intense to meet.
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Yeah sure, here are a few I uploaded to Photobucket already. I don't have many pics of the uros, but I can get some more up after Wednesday. The hardest part about keeping uros is definitely keeping the temps up, but other than that they are some of the easiest to keep animals I've ever had. The are very personable too

Here are some of the frogs...

Ranitomeya fantastica 'lowland'


Ranitomeya imitator 'Tarapoto'


Ranitomeya vanzolinii


Oophaga pumilio 'Man Creek'


Ranitomeya variabilis 'Highland'


Phyllobates terribilis 'Mint'


Bump: Hmmm, looks like the only reptile pic I have at the moment is of one of my gargs.

Here's the handsome little fella!

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Great pictures, FroggyKnight! I've thought about getting a pair of azureus. I'm really drawn to the plant-side of dart frog care, too.

I was interested in the uromastyx lizards because of their great look, temperaments and vegetarian diet. I'm not too thrilled with the idea of culturing crickets and roaches for the other lizards, i.e. leopard geckos, bearded dragons, etc. I can deal with culturing worms for my fish and the possibility of fruit flies for frogs, but the larger bugs require more space and time than I'm interested in.

This is why I'm just a fish guy. Thanks for your great pics.
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I'm glad you like them! I will be shooting some more pictures pretty soon, but I just remembered I have finals on Monday and Tuesday so it might be longer than I was hoping. When I have the chance I might start a separate thread so I can post my whole collection

Azureus are a great choice for a first dart frog! They are big, bold, colorful and hardy. I'm actually surprised I couldn't find a picture of mine, I know I have a few. An azureus was my first dart actually and I love the little guy. Dart frogs are what really encouraged me to start a planted tank and also got me involved with the mini orchid hobby. Vivariums really are not just about animals you keep in them, but the plants as well.

I HATE culturing crickets and roaches. None of my animals are fed those, except the occasional cricket from petco for the terribilis and gargoyle geckos. Fruit flies are very easy to culture once you get the hang of it and of course, your fish will eat the flies too! Besides FF, I also culture springtails for my frogs and they are basically little viv janitors (and food).

Thanks again for the compliments

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I agree on ball pythons. Depending on the size of your town, they show up regularly on on your local general trading website. I got one about 10 years ago for $60 including the cage. I've never had any problems with it.

If you want something a little wet, try a newt. Several types are available in the pet trade. Many species are hardy and great for beginners. They can also be long lived with proper care. Keep in mind that many reptiles and amphibians have relatively long lifespans. So if you get one, plan to have it for a long time.
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No snakes? Then...

Crested geckos! No insects required; they eat store-bought powdered diet that you add water to and mix. Also they are freaking adorable and don't mind handing.
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