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Old 25-03-2013, 09:02 PM
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Hi, I am in the process of building a vivarium from recycled melamine kitchen cupboards. Due to limited space, I have had to build it vertically which will be placed into an alcove.
The internal dims are 30" tall, 16" front to back & 20" wide. Being as it`s vertical, I would prefer it to be arboreal, can anyone suggest what would be a good beginners lizard that would be ok living in that space ?
Also, what lighting / heating will I need & what size / how many vents should I use ?
Many thanks in advance for any or all advice given.

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Old 25-03-2013, 09:26 PM
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Hi, I am in the process of building a vivarium from recycled melamine kitchen cupboards. Due to limited space, I have had to build it vertically which will be placed into an alcove.
The internal dims are 30" tall, 16" front to back & 20" wide. Being as it`s vertical, I would prefer it to be arboreal, can anyone suggest what would be a good beginners lizard that would be ok living in that space ?
Also, what lighting / heating will I need & what size / how many vents should I use ?
Many thanks in advance for any or all advice given.

Jeff.


Not sure if its viable but I would be tempted to get a chameleon. I don't know much about them. I imagine it may be too small later on though. If you have no choice but to use that permanently there are a number of geckos that like to climb I believe.

Good Luck and have fun! There's loads of experts who will help no doubt.
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Old 25-03-2013, 09:37 PM
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You could have a look at cresties, gargoyles, rhacodactylus species, mountain dragons and others. Make sure that the tank is well sealed otherwise the humidity will cause problems!
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Old 25-03-2013, 09:47 PM
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Long tailed skinks and green anoles would be fine in such a small viv even fully grown. Cant get much easier to look after either.
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Crested Gecko would be great. fairly easy to keep and a good starting lizard. All you really need is a small heat lamp and a low powered UV. A Dual Exo Terra canopy would do the trick add some fake vines, ivy and other plants.
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Old 26-03-2013, 07:06 PM
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Thanks for the replies, folks.
That`s a few to research ! I assume that lighting/heating is dependent on species ?
I`m still in the dark about ventilation, in that I`m not sure how many vents I should have & their size. Should I put them in the top, back or sides ? I`m hoping you`d suggest one of the first two as the sides are against the walls of a tight alcove, with hardly 1/4" gap either side !!
Again, many thanks in advance for your answers.

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Old 26-03-2013, 08:17 PM
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TBH, I would steer clear of chameleons in vivs, I know many will say its perfectly fine, but just as many would say not.

They need plenty of circulating air, and, again , open to debate, but I would not call most chameleons a 'good beginners lizards' as its not the easiest hing to get the set up right nor the diet.

Crested Geckos are a great suggestion, and cute little blighters as well.

Or, for some thing a little different, take a look at Cuban Knight Anoles !
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Old 26-03-2013, 08:42 PM
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TBH, I would steer clear of chameleons in vivs, I know many will say its perfectly fine, but just as many would say not.

They need plenty of circulating air, and, again , open to debate, but I would not call most chameleons a 'good beginners lizards' as its not the easiest hing to get the set up right nor the diet.

Crested Geckos are a great suggestion, and cute little blighters as well.

Or, for some thing a little different, take a look at Cuban Knight Anoles !
Yes, I`ve read that chameleons can be difficult to keep, as much as I like them, I think it would be too ambitious to try right now.
I like the look of the Cuban Knight Anoles though. Thanks for the info.

Jeff.
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If you wanted something to live in there for life there are a fair few smaller gecko species that would be fine at that size i would say one 3 inch round vent in top one in middle and one in bottom of back would be fine as said tho seal it well or you will run into problems and stat stat stat any heat source
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