I have a beardie, leopard gecko and 2 tokays, all of which have their pluses and minuses.
There are lots of other lizards out there that you might want to consider. I'm a big fan of monitors, but many grow huge. Ackies, however, are great little critters!
Snakes are generally easier and cheaper to keep. The big bonus is that they don't need to be fed every day like most lizards.
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