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"Exotic" lizard

TheWonderer

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Hi everyone,

I'm thinking of getting a lizard that grows no more than 1 1/2' to 4' and has different husbandry needs when compared to my other animals. I want to get out my comfort zone and work with more reptiles. I do have the time and should have more space in a few months. I will not get the reptile until I have the space but I would prefer to get a baby if it is on the bigger side.

I have experience with tegus, chameleons, leopard geckoes, bearded dragons, tortoises (red footed), chuckwalla (dealt with mites and he's doing well), and ackie monitor (would not consider another). I have the tools needed to build another enclosure and I can buy the wood. I was thinking nothing bigger than 6'x4'x6'.

Please let me know thoughts and opinions. Pros and cons would great and maybe give me an idea of what your recommendation eats. I have a tegu and chameleon so I have crickets, mice and ground turkey in the house often enough. I have thought of a snake but in my opinion, one snake is more than enough for me.

Thank you!
 

JimB

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Make it a 8x4x4 and get a Rhino ;) They love leaving you little gifts. :)

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JimB

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What about Dumeril monitors? It looks like whatever I get I need to start saving now lol.

Awesome looking animals for sure! There's also the Ackie Monitor, which doesn't get very large but I understand they can tame up pretty nicely. :)
 

Walter1

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Of course, you can always get another tegu!
 

TheWonderer

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Ended up going with a Peach Throat Monitor. I am building an enclosure for it this weekend because he is about 18". He is super cool but his claws are so sharp which is reasonable considering they need those for climbing. It may never be too tame but I wanted to try out a completely different care.

For reference, a tegu will stay on your shoulder--Salivar jumped off my shoulder. He ended up letting me grab him. I think it was love at first jump? It was super cool and thankful he stopped so I could put in the temporary enclosure.
 

Walter1

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Ended up going with a Peach Throat Monitor. I am building an enclosure for it this weekend because he is about 18". He is super cool but his claws are so sharp which is reasonable considering they need those for climbing. It may never be too tame but I wanted to try out a completely different care.

For reference, a tegu will stay on your shoulder--Salivar jumped off my shoulder. He ended up letting me grab him. I think it was love at first jump? It was super cool and thankful he stopped so I could put in the temporary enclosure.
Congrats on your new peach throat. They're beautiful, manageable in size, even if best as a display animal. Post a photo.
 

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