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Old 13-02-2013, 01:04 AM
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You've had excellent advice from vgorst IMHO.

There are very few lizards that are actively social I'm afraid - most prefer to be kept on their own. A single gecko will not get "lonely".

Have you considered a Rankins dragon? They are very handlable and meant to be fairly tolerant of sharing and you would just about get 2 in that size viv. But only really feasible IF you get 2 females and IF they are from the same source (so that you don't have to quarantine them) and IF they are the same size. Even then you need to be prepared to split them if there are any signs of dominance or aggression.
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Old 13-02-2013, 01:43 PM
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I may be misunderstanding, but am I right in assuming you were only thinking of more than one critter because you thought they'd want 'company'?

As vgorst has put things right for you - in fact very few reptiles are truly social in the way that many mammals are - a viv of the size you said would be great for loads of possible lizards.

As you're attracted to the geckos, a Leopard Gecko would do very well on it's own in that size viv. They are easy to get, tame and keep.

African Fat Tails are even nicer! Very slightly smaller (only by a very small amount), just as easy to keep and even easier to tame. A little harder to get though.

You can walk into [email protected] and come out with a leo and set up in about 10 minutes (not that I suggest you do that - the viv should be up and running for a while to make sure the temps etc are okay before putting anything in it). A fatty will take a bit more effort.

If I did misunderstand you and you definitely want more of a 'community' of geckos, then maybe look at the Stenos. They do well in a small group. Their tiny size makes them less appropriate for a lot of handling though. Less of a personal pet.
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Exactly right, it was more for the reptile than me, Im happy to get just the one if its easier/better. I dont want to go to pets at home, dont like them at all! Ive been to CPR a few times and I really want to buy from there if I can.

I did look at a dragon briefly but Ive heard the cost more in food etc than a gecko?
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Old 13-02-2013, 03:16 PM
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I did look at a dragon briefly but Ive heard the cost more in food etc than a gecko?
Yes a Rankins will be more expensive to keep - more food and higher electric costs.

IMO you can't beat a Leopard gecko - there's a reason why they're so popular
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Yup im pretty much decided on getting a leo to be honest! What things do I need to be tjinking about when getting the viv set up?
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Have a look here http://www.reptileforums.co.uk/forum...ard-gecko.html It pretty much explains everything - but anything you're not sure of - just ask
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Noooooo get a fatty! Sorry Jools, they're just way better
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Old 13-02-2013, 07:20 PM
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Noooooo get a fatty! Sorry Jools, they're just way better
No no no. Fatties can be very troublesome and fussy, not much to look at either - I've got one - otherwise known as my OH
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Plus 1 for the fatty - a nice wild-type normal or skunk.

(Sorry - I just don't 'get' the enthusiasm for see-through reptiles!)
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