a reply to: SurfinUSA
It would be pretty cool. but, none of those species you've listed work well communally with each other.
Your best bet would be to have an individual set up for each of them. They all require slightly different things (like humidity, food, how water is
given, tank size, air circulation, temperature), so you'd actually have a good opportunity to study up on the different habitats they all come from,
and individually create all those habitats per species.
WARNING ON GREEN IGUANAS
That large, walk-in terrarium you're referring to is the perfect size for a full grown Green Iguana. Honestly, anything smaller is actually too
restrictive. Most people don't realize that Green Iguanas can grow to 6 feet long, and many are naturally very aggressive. They certainly are not a
starter reptile to get, and require a huge commitment (not sure if this would be your first or not, it's just good practice to spread this
information). Also, a higher humidity would be prefered.
The armadillo lizard requires pretty much the opposite. It needs a super hot basking area, and a warmer cooler area than the rest of the species do.
They also need a significantly low level of humidity (because they come from a more arid part of Africa). Having too high humidity could actually be
extremely problematic, and cause things such as scale rot.
The Panther Chameleon and the Leaf tailed gecko need about the same humidity levels and heat levels, and they also need lots of vegetation to hide in
and around. I'm not sure about the leaf tailed gecko, but the panther chameleon actually needs to be sprayed with water directly drink, and usually
wont drink out of a static water holding dish. So both may need an automatic misting system to keep humidity up, and/or a drip system so they can
If it's your first reptile, definitely go with the armadillo lizard. Much easier care, you'll get to learn a lot about the specifications on how to
keep an exotic animal, you'll get used to cage sizes and requirements, and it's still very rewarding. Only move up to the Chameleon and Leaf tailed
gecko once you have all this knowledge down flat. As for the Green iguana, it remains one of the most 'saved' reptiles in the US because people don't
realize how massive and potentially aggressive they can get. Do not even think about getting one unless you're willing to donate an entire room to
it's care. And even then, it may be best to adopt one that has been saved, as most people do not do their research before buying any pet.
originally posted by: chiefsmom
Interesting timing. I just set up my 55 gal. and was given a 75 gal. for free. I would love to try this.
In the pictures, I don't see any filtration equipment. Is it well hidden, or not needed, even with fish?
Some of those are just built for shows. But it's still very possible to put filtration systems in all of them, providing you have the correct setup
under the substrate. There's a lot of tutorials out there that can show you how to do it easily and still achieve whats in the photos
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