Originally Posted by nel3
thank you very much what are the pros and cons of leopard geckoes and some smaller snakes regarding food stock/breeders, cage sizes/unkeep and general care?
i dont mind snakes. they do have advantages for food requirements but cage sizes as they grow is a concern depending on species. small lizards/geckoes are nice because they dont grow too big but are more active and need more food. both animals are nice but lizards are damn cute at times. lol, if my brother didnt get that VT and my betta sickness id probably have little issue for reptile enclosures.
the place i live in is 750 cubic ft. so far any potential spaces are the top of a dresser, room for a 10g tank on a desk that already has a 2.7KK. maybe a kitchen table, that doesnt leave me much space. i can see a snake go on the dresser but not much space for a breeder cage if i chose lizards or a snake. electric outlets are a bit limited/occupied in those 2 areas. are there ways to make it possible with such limited space?
I personally LOVE leopard geckos. I have 5 and am going to be breeding them after New Years. I adore them all. They all have unique personalities, and quirks.
Leopard geckos are crepuscular, so they are most active at dawn and dusk. If you are home a lot during those times, then they are great, cause thats when you can play with them :P
Leopard geckos are pretty friendly. It does depend on the leo, but most I've met are pretty friendly. Mine come to the front of the glass when I go in my room, and climb up my arm as soon as I stick my hand in the tank. I think they learn to recognize people as well. Like my leos like me and my mom the best. :3
Cons, are they need live foods. They won't eat dead food. So you gotta keep live food constantly. You have to supplement their food with vitamins, so they get the proper nutrients as well. I can't really think of a lot of cons for leos lol. I guess them needing heat is a con as well. They need under tank heating, not above heating (they get their heat from their bellies).
I don't know a lot about snakes, but I've read corn snakes can live comfortably in a 10 gallon + size tank. I also THINK western hognoses can be kept in smaller tanks. And Kenyan Sand Boas. Not sure about other snakes. My mom won't let me have a snake lol
I definitely love the lizards! So friendly and fun! And people are more open to them, so if I ever needed a babysitter for them, I'd find one more readily for my lizards than I would for a snake. Just something to keep in mind if you go on vacation or anything. xD
Leos can live in a 10 gallon tank, but you would really need to utilize the space, by using two floors. 10 gallons may seem small for 1 leo once it gets older. But I've seen some people do pretty awesome stuff with a 10 gallon by creating multiple floors.
For your situation I would probably recommend the cresties, as they need taller tanks rather than long tanks, so a crestie tank would fit well on your dresser.
As said, a lot of people (including me) use storage bins for their cresties. Just make air holes. :) Works well, and holds humidity well for them, which is one of the main reasons I use a storage bin.
You live in Canada too, eh? :P
I got a lot of my reptiles at expos. I got Chester, my crestie, for $25.00 at the Ajax expo. And he wasn't even the cheapest one there. :P Expos are definitely the place to go for your reptiles. I find canadian pet stores seriously overcharge for their reptiles, and most aren't in good condition. Also check kijiji.ca, I got my two baby cresties off a breeder there for 2 for $30. I love buying stuff off kijiji :P
Here is the site to find out about the expos: http://www.reptileexpo.ca/
It will be updated after new years I think. I've been to 3 expos this year. I went to the CRBE, the Ajax expo and the kitchener expo. The CRBE is the biggest expo of the year, its HUGE. And the kitchener expo was pretty awesome as well. The ajax one was eh. LOL.