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post #11 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-02-2011, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, i just saw tank size. I hope I can find a cheap 10 gallon! I don't know how much $$$ I have. Also found the food.

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I'm pretty sure what'll kill you money wise would be the UV lighting and heating and such. The food can actually be bred easily, and if you look around on craigslist, there are a lot of cheap tanks up for sale (at least where I am).

Leopard geckos are adorable. Once I had to petsit one that was really sick and had a broken leg :'( It died the week I was caring for it.

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They do not need UVB lighting! That's the great thing about leopard geckos! They are nocturnal!

I have three!

They need a 10 gallon tank, 20 gallon long is better(long short tanks I've seen for sale for 20-30 dollars).. They eat crickets and/or mealworms. They aren't really swimmers, they are from a desert (But not a sandy desert! This is important, petstores will try to sell you sand, this is very bad for leos!)

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Give me a moment and I can create a more indepth caresheet on them!

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Awesome. How much do you think it'll cost overall?

I'll probably have atleast $135.

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Actually, check out this website, this has a decent caresheet, though I disagree with having multiple leos in anything less than a 30 gallon!

http://www.fallenangelgeckos.com/care.html


Shopping list:
A tank(craigslist has PLENTY cheap)
Newspaper/papertowel(Free in your home!)
A house bulb that is warm(You don't need 'reptile' bulbs, they are just regular lights with special pictures on the box)
A DIGITAL thermometer(This is important! Dial gauges are not reliable) this will be like 15 dollars at Lowes
Calcium powder and calcium with D3, I think each is like 10 dollars but will last you forever!
Bowls for your food, water, and calcium(You can use old peanut butter lids!)
Hides(One of mine has an old kleenex box, one of mine has a petstore hide)
heatpad (this will be somewhere between 12-20 dollars)


Not too pricy! The great thing about reptiles is that they do not care how sterile the environment looks, as long as they have a place to hide, food to eat, and heat to live..they are happy! Looks are for US!


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Cool! I have a lamp that gets super hot...like 90*F.

Do you think $120 will be enoung with $$ Left over?

How much does the lizard cost?

Also, I won't buy anything off of Craigslist because I've heard bad things about this. BUT! At Home Depot, they have 20 gallon tubs. Clear, and safe. if I take the top off and replace it with net, will that be okay? I've seen it done with fish. My only fear would be the plastic melting. But I think the net at the top would help.

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Dude most certainly!

This is the cheapest you can go, by using household items:

$10 for tank(even less if you use a tub, but you probably want to see inside at your friend!)
$15 Light clamp to hold lightbulb (Sometimes less sometimes more it seems)
$10 for a small heatpad
$18 thermometer
$30~ for calcium+calcium d3(depends on size you get)
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around 83 dollars

And note, even some of these things can be gotten cheaper! You might get a deal on craigslist!


Then substrate, hides, and bowls in this case would come from your own home... Then the rest of the money can be for decor or the special leopard gecko morph you want!

Quick headsup, you will probably overpay at a petstore like petsmart or petco! They will ask about 30-40 per NORMAL leo...Which usually sell for 10-20 at conventions!

But anyway, that's about it! They are cute

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Let's see...

$40
+
$80
=
$120! Perfect! :D
Thanks!

What will the Lizard do with the calcium? Eat it? Lick it?

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:) They lick calcium out of a bowl(Make sure that is straight up calcium, not D3)

Every couple of feedings you also need to dust the food with calcium(Basically with crickets they give you a plastic bag.. Put some(not much) calcium in there and shake the bag a little so they get a bit coated in it)

Keeps them strong and healthy! :)

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Cool! Now I'm really excited. If they live 15-20 years, I'll have him for a while! Yay!

Can I see a pic of your habitat?

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