I thought fish would be a cheaper path to go down than more reptiles... nooooo. xD
Hahaha, they're cheaper than most of the reptiles I'm into!
Or, rather, so far Bettas have been...freshwater I could probably keep cheaper. Saltwater? That's comparable.
The chameleon is really cool and all, but as regards the reptiles at work I'm more tempted by the Chinese Water Dragons. If I worked at Petco though? I'd be really tempted by the Black and White Tegus they occasionally get in -- habitat wise, the two are probably fairly similar as far as dimensions go, I just think the Tegus are neater than the Dragons.
I wouldn't get one from a pet shop. Go to a good breeder. I hear that a lot of pet shop ones are ones that didn't have nice enough skins for the skin trade... Meaning that they were never socialized, which is SO vital for a lizard that can easily over power and damage you. Posted via Mobile Device
Odds are, when I am able to get any one of these, it will be through a breeder or a reptile show or something similar. I always like the idea of getting an animal from a source that is passionate about them if I don't get them secondhand.
I'm not sure how accurate the skin trade cast-off idea is generally (I know Petco probably gets theirs from vendors, much like PetSmart), but still, another perk of getting them from a good breeder is that I know they're handled and socialized. Which doesn't/can't always happen at pet stores.
Not to say the little buggers aren't tempting regardless of where they're coming from...haha
I have a Ball Python myself. It's hard to beat as a beginner snake. It's been called the most docile of all snakes, can be had for cheap, has the look of the giant pythons and Boas but don't get much over 4 feet. Easy to handle too. Drawback is the feeding thing. they will just decide to not want to eat for months on end. Personally i've been able to combat that by simply getting him smaller mice and feeding him more of them, but less often. Mind you he's 12 years old and over 4 feet. But i feed him 3 or 4 mice between 3-4 inches long once per month or sometimes two based on how active he's being, and haven't had much trouble since i started doing it this way. In the wild, they eat Gerbils, so i figure there's not much reason to feed anything bigger than that.