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What should I put in my new terrarium?

I was in Canada on boxing day, our car broke and I had enough time to go to a LFS that was moving. Luckily for me, they had a terrarium that was 50% off

The terrarium is small, so its kinda limiting on what I can put in it. I would do desert themed, but most desert geckos and lizards need a UV. I can't necessarily provide that kind of lighting. I can however provide lots of light for plants. I am getting a 150w metal halide, so that might be a little too much

Could somebody with real knowledge provide like a list of geckos, lizards, anoles, and frogs, that can fit in a 17"x11"x13" tank? I have read that say crested geckos need only a 10g, while some say a 30g. I don't know which to trust. Obviously they could go in a 30g, since bigger is better, but what is the minimum? What could comfortably go in a tank this small? Would crabs be a better option?

Somebody just give me some ideas. I am clueless when it comes to above water things. What would you do?

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Small anole species, Thumbnail dartfrogs, salamander's.. just think small.


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I'm biased towards dart frogs, eg. leucs, tincs or bicolor, but then you have to deal with breeding the flies, which isn't hard, just ups the hassle level.


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Get vampire crabs! I have seen some cool vertical vivariums for crabs.


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yup, i'm with karatekid....geosesarma crabs are the way to go...I'm getting 2 groups soon for my new paludariums. they can be hard to find though.
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Thanks guys! I think I have decided what I am going to go with.

PACMAN FROG!

The rarely move, are easy to keep, put on a show when eating, and can have a small SHALLOW portion of water in their tank. Good 'nuff for me!

Just one question: do they need special UV light's? Google isn't helping...


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Thanks guys! I think I have decided what I am going to go with.

PACMAN FROG!

The rarely move, are easy to keep, put on a show when eating, and can have a small SHALLOW portion of water in their tank. Good 'nuff for me!

Just one question: do they need special UV light's? Google isn't helping...


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Frogs don't need UV, but you dust their feeders with both Calcium plus Vit D, alternating with a multivit.


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I'm sure you've done some research, but one thing to keep in mind will be that pacman frogs also like to bury themselves in the substrate. I worked at a pet store for five years and we carried those guys almost constantly. Pretty infrequently would I see them not half-buried in their bedding, so I'd be curious to see how terrestrial plants/roots get along with the frog. Not that I don't think it's possible, but just somethin to consider. Good luck!
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