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Any suggestions/experiences with arboreal herps?

Hey folks, i've got what amounts to a green house with the dimensions equal to a 45 gallon tank on top of a 45 gallon tank. It is fully planted with pothos vines, orchid, tilandsia, the pothos is grown hydroponically in the aquarium(roots are a mass starting about 3 inch in the water). day temps get up to 80(highest, more likely 75), night temps drop as low as 60(lowest, more likely 65). I'd like to add some life into it. So any suggestions for a herp that is arboreal, can swim should it fall in to the water, deals with high humidity, likes cool nights and isn't big enough to eat three inch fish? it is not out of the question to add a heating element, but since the tank is kept at 76, i wouldn't want an animal that required so much heat as to effect water temp. also suggestions on how to add a heating source more then welcome. thanks you.
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I'd suggest leucs. Dendrobates-leucomelas
They are active during the day, bold, super interesting, and not too expensive. And they fulfill all of your other requirements. Although they would be happiest if the tank didn't get below 65 at night.
There are a lot of other dart frogs that are also awesome, but leucs are good for being bold and arboreal and cheap(er.)


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investigating, thanks for steering me in a direction.
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nope little buggers are not arboreal enough.
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i would look into tree frogs. dumpy and red eyes are common. they do need special lights to get essential vitamins though.

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Tree frogs are nocturnal if I am not mistaken. Unless you want to listen to the calls at night dont bother.
I would look at thumbnails (imitators will be my choice) They dont swim as I recall however and can drown easily.


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i'm thinking a gecko might be the way to go. Not big on the concept of frogs calling at night(i hate cricket calls, i imagine tree frogs to be the same but louder!). the dart frogs seem awesome, imitators esp. except i read them as being climbers, more then arboreal, and they'd most likely drown. maybe i'll just turn up the heat and adopt a grumpy old tokay. lol these are all good ideas though, they've led me to websites. thanks.
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