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Old 31-12-2011, 06:56 PM
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I would like them to be a fairly Active diurnal lizard... I enjoy the colors of the Banana Split Mountain Lizard, and water dragons also peak my interest as far as colors go. I'm looking for one that would be good for a newby such as myself could get started with. Size is not necessarily an issue but one that would be fairly comfortable in around a 30 gallon would be great Thank you for your time.
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Old 31-12-2011, 07:03 PM
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what is the size of a 30 gallon? Most people on here use feet and inches. I would suggest a crested gecko or a leopard gecko. Both are good beginner animals and if a room is warm enough crested geckos don't require any additional heat! I see you would like a lizard that comes out in the day and i would suggest a bearded dragon but that would not fit in a 30 gallon tank.
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Old 31-12-2011, 10:05 PM
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If you want a smaller beginner lizard a Leo, Fat tail or Crested is probably the way to go, they don't get too big either. The only issue is that they're nocturnal, and you have stated you want a diurnal lizard.

A good beginner diurnal lizard is a Bearded Dragon, but at adult size they should be in a 4x2x2 wooden viv. Rankins Dragons are very simular to Beardeds, but of a smaller size and slightly differ in appearence. You may want to look in to them.

It all depends on your confidence really. If you properly research and ensure that you know all the husbandry needs of the animals there is a wide variety available.
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I am willing to read about what needs to be done for whatever i decide on., and i would prefer if it was one you could handle every once in awhile. and something that has personality.
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30Gallon is approx a 3ft, depends on w/h/d though.


Rocky when you say, 'handle once in awhile' are you after a lizard that would need handly often or one that won't mind being handled occasionally. Would make a bit of a difference on species suggestions.

Day gecko species might suit you also.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:02 AM
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one i can handle occasionally
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I wouldn't suggest a Beardie even if you had a big enough tank. They are a lot harder to care for than a lot of people have suggested, as when people say they're "easy" to look after, that's in comparison to other reptiles, not other household pets.

I would suggest a Leopard Gecko, although, I have never owned one. I have handled two, both of which were calm and friendly.
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lots of good looking skinks, berbers or fire skinks make great pets. active and diurnal. both easy to tame so dont have any issues when you need to handle them.

collared lizards are great fun to watch.

i've got no idea what size 30 gallon is?? (always thought this was a pretty useless way of measuring reptile vivs) can you state the dimensions of your viv in inches or cm?
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A dwarf monitor Ackies are great, I also love kims but they are more expensive, there are lots of other species that are cool, but they are my favourites. They have amazing personality, but are not really handling lizards, although you can get them out every once in a while, I wouldnt let go of them though because they will be gone before you can catch them.

They would need a bigger than 30gal tank though... much bigger ... here some pics of mine I just posted in a different thread.

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