Originally Posted by BlakbirdxGyarados
Ahh, wow... That rainbow boa is Gorgeous! We had a baby one at our store a while back. I guess when they become adults the iridecence shows better? I never noticed the real rainbow they shine... then again, I never had the time to really look at him while at work.
The iridescence shows better under the best lighting--they will look dull in flourescent lighting, but get them in the sunlight and you'll need sunglasses! Incredible. Their colors get brighter with age. Check out the breeders "rainbows r us", they show both the parents and babies--and you can see how much brighter the parents are than the young hatchlings.
Originally Posted by BlakbirdxGyarados
I'm a sucker for vibrant colors, so you know those Poison Dart Frogs, Baboon Tarantula, and the colorful geckos and such have my vote. ;)
What I find really fun though is the Leaf Gecko. What's their behavior like/handling? (Or are they more of a look-don't-touch type of lizard?) I'm just curious... but he'd make for an interesting and different pet to have around.
I'm a sucker for colors too. Nathan is more hesitant about the OBT, but I am so pumped about that orange I don't care, lol! The leaf geckos seem to be a hit or miss--they are rarely bred in captivity, and wild caught specimens don't react well to handling. I've seen captive bred ones that were very calm and happy when handled however, but it would still likely be more of a look-don't-touch lizard. Maybe occasional rare handling-like a chameleon.
Originally Posted by BlakbirdxGyarados
And about the Tokay Gecko... How'd they get their name exactly, if you know?
I had a customer walk up to me and ask if they got their name from the sound they made. His apparently chirped "Toh-kaaay! Toh-kaaay!" at night.
Red Eye Croc Skink reminds me of a mix between a Crocodile and Triceratops. Miniaturized.
They do get the name from their sound. It's hilarious! Kind of sounds like "Okay!" but in an angry way, LOL!
Red eye croc skinks are so cute.
They are like mini dinosaurs.
Yeah! Reptiles! I love talking about reptiles!
I don't know if I'd personally want a tarantula. I'm a little hesitant about spiders. Not so afraid of them anymore, but I don't know if I'd want one as a pet. I definitely love looking at them though, they come in such beautiful colors! I like Rose Hair tarantulas especially. Out of the one's you listed I like the brazilian giant black tarantula. Very cute and teddy bear looking (as teddy bear looking as a tarantula can be lol).
Hahah, I was horrified of them at first as well, but I decided--I get tired of people who are so scared of my snakes, I might as well give T's a chance. And now I LOVE them! One good thing to know is no tarantula can kill a healthy human. You'd need to have a severely messed up immune system AND ignore the problem and probably like stab yourself, lol. So it's not like having a black widow around or anything!
Axolotls are AWESOME. I wanted one a while ago, they apparently have very big personalities and are very fun to watch. They come in very pretty colors as well.
I've heard the same thing! That's why I want a community of a few guys and gals. The coolest thing--their eggs can be shipped safely! So if mine ever bred, I could mail out baby little axie eggs or little babies to give and sell to friends. I now have the supplies to keep them cold enough to be healthy, so I am really thrilled about the chance to get them!
White tree frogs are awesome as well, very cute and friendly I've heard. :) I have an american green tree frog, and he is full of personality. He's escaped twice, but he seems to think its hide and seek. Once I find him he jumps happily into my hand and goes back in his tank with no fighting! lol!
PDFs are cool as well, but I personally like something a little bigger, as they are so TINY.
I agree, big is really nice for me. I love the PDF colors and calls, but I like something I can hold. They are so small that one tiny moment of handling just adds too many toxins to their system if they touch you somewhere where you didn't wash your hands well enough!
Never heard of milk frogs before, but OMG they are gorgeous! I'd name it like Bessie or even just Cow. lolol
Hahaha! I know I LOVE them! I saw them by luck in a reptile convention and was just floored by how cool they are. Supposedly not too keep either.
Tokay's are awesome! They are fiesty little things! Holy smokes! Angry little buggers, definitely one to just look at it. They are sooooo pretty though.
I LOVE cresties. Have you ever had one? I have 3 at the moment, and I'm planning to breed them when they are older. They are SO much fun. They like to jump from hand to hand, and they are SO easy to care for. I adore mine so much.
Here is one of my baby cresties:
I have never had cresties, but I ALWAYS recommend them as a first-time gecko. They are cute and easy and fun! With a little bit of knowledge on how to keep in humidity, I think they are probably the easiest gecko out there, even compared to the leopard geckos(and I have three of those) and yours is adorable!
Day geckos are lovely as well. Very pretty colors.
Leaf geckos are AWESOME. My friend just got one a few days ago (she got a giant leaf tailed gecko), and now I want one. I want a satanic leaf gecko, but I'm having trouble finding them around here. ): They are seriously soooo amazing though. Beautiful, stunning creatures. Fairly easy to care for as long as you keep up with mistings otherwise they get sick very quickly. The only thing is, many of them are WC, so the chances of them having parasites is high. As well, WC obviously don't live as long. Spend the little extra money and try to get a CB one if you choose one.
Red eye croc skinks are soooo cute!!! I don't know much about them though :P
I had never been too into the day geckos, they never caught my eye. Lately though I've really enjoyed looking at them..we'll see! Satanic leaf geckos are so amazingly evil looking, I love it! Trust me, I had my own bad experiences with wild caught animals, we'd be going for CBB for sure!!
Red eye croc skinks are really insanely cool, look them up for sure!
Rainbow boa is gorgeous! Holy smokes!!
Western Hognose <3 OMGGG I want one so bad! I've been looking at them for a few months, I love their noses. Sooo cute!
Kenyan Sand boas are soo cute, I love them. Its so cute how they poke their heads out of the sand. :)
Snakes are just cute, aren't they? These guys are no exception. We only have two, but I swear, I want like 30, LOL. One day I want a boelens python and an olive python, but we don't have the room for either yet, especially with our female boa's big cage she needs! My friend might be getting a hoggie soon as his first snake! I'm so excited for him!
What about a blue tongue skink? I have one and I adore him. He likes to sit in his blankys on my bed and fall asleep as I pet his head. :3 One could live quite happily in your 55 gallon. Here is mine:
Chinese water dragons are also SOOO awesome. I love them, want one of them one day for sure!!
Trust me, BTS's are on our WANT list for sure! That might be an option as well come to think of it... I keep accidentally putting them in the same category as the other 'large' lizards we want (argentine b/w tegu and argus monitor trio) and thinking it will need a giant cage. Now I remember they are sort of little for a big lizard!
Chinese water dragons are awesome as well, but they are so prone to health issues, lol. I swear on my herp forum there is always someone who has a CWD who nearly poked his eye out or did something horrifically crazy or is just a picky eater. Plus, no room for a refrigerator for a cage! But I do love them. I think I like australian water dragons better though!
I know what you mean about the bettas short lives. I had a betta disease outbreak and lost almost all my bettas. I only have 1 left of my own. My mom has 4. I've moved onto reptiles, as they just live so much longer. I became too attached to my bettas and was too devastated when then passed on. Reptiles last a lot longer.
I agree. Even though I know it will be devastating to lose them 30 or so years in the future(depending on the species), I just can feel more justified in spending so much money on an animal that will be around longer. I know I will probably always have at least one betta, but my collection will just primarily feature reptiles and amphibians.. plus a few kitties and a dog. And a bird. LOL. We should just open a zoo I guess.
Thanks so much for the responses guys!! I love hearing and talking about animals~it's fun to see what other people think of them!