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Old 16-09-2010, 07:13 PM
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I really want a lizard but I hate the thought of feeding it live crickets etc.
Can anyone tell me if there is a reasonably sized vegetarian lizard

I only have room for a 20-gallon horizontally designed tank, more if vertical.

Or, if there is no such lizard, is there a reasonably sized lizard that only eats mealworms instead of crickets This seems less cruel.

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Old 16-09-2010, 07:18 PM
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How about snails? Something like a pink-tongued skink (snails, fruit and vegetables - I've heard of some people giving them a mix of raw minced beef and vitamins too for the protein part) might work out for you in the space you've got.

There are some fairly small exclusively-vegetarian lizards, like desert iguanas; exactly how much ground space in feet long and deep would you be able to provide?

Someone will invariably say "crested geckos" but I do not believe they should be kept on a diet composed exclusively of reconstituted powder with no livefood, if for no other reason than the *exercise* that chasing crickets gives them.
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Old 16-09-2010, 07:45 PM
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There are absolutely no vegetarian lizards that you can keep in a 20 gallon tank dessert iguanas need about 150 x 60 x60 cm as do all uromastyx and Chuckwallas.

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Leos can be fed a staple of mealies (terrestrial viv needed)
Cresties can be fed a complete powderd food diet (look up clarkes diet) - Arboreal viv needed.
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Buy a bigger tank &/or accept lizards eat critters, it's not cruel, its life
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Old 16-09-2010, 08:43 PM
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You get used to it. Just make sure the crickets have the best quality of life before they're eaten.
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You get used to it. Just make sure the crickets have the best quality of life before they're eaten.
Yup kept in a box, maybe put in the fridge and then thrown to their deaths! LOL!

I don't like crix either tbh, but I love my long tails, and know if I don't feed them they'll die. plus its fun to watch them run around. It's not cruel, it's the cycle of life.. It's how it would be in the wild, or as above posters have put, get a bigger viv and get a desert iggy, they're gorgeous lizards.
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Yup kept in a box, maybe put in the fridge and then thrown to their deaths! LOL!

I don't like crix either tbh, but I love my long tails, and know if I don't feed them they'll die. plus its fun to watch them run around. It's not cruel, it's the cycle of life.. It's how it would be in the wild, or as above posters have put, get a bigger viv and get a desert iggy, they're gorgeous lizards.
I keep them in a larger plastic tub with plenty of egg boxes to fanny around in and give them food all the time. They're chuffed little crickets.
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I keep them in a larger plastic tub with plenty of egg boxes to fanny around in and give them food all the time. They're chuffed little crickets.
LOL!! Better life than mine.. I keep them in the little tubs and chuck some pepper in there.. They don't shut up though! Arugh!! It's like I live in a rainforest, I fear it might start to rain in my bedroom soon!!
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Like people have said, you get used to it. I got my ackie a couple of weeks ago (my first ever reptile) and I felt absolutely awful when I fed the crickets to it. I don't mind feeding them now.

I actually want to feed the crickets to my ackie because the crickets are absolutely vile! ..They are a right nuisance when I try to put them in my feeder rock, if I aren't quick enough some of them will escape before I even put the lid on! When this happens I'm happy to feed them to my ackie, just to get revenge!
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