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A few years back on the Reptilian forums I posted a question about who was keeping what with a view to finding out just how many different lizard families we cover in the UK, as well as other herps. Don't get me wrong - I think leopard geckos are great (I kept several for some years), as are beardies. I just wonder who is keeping or has kept species that are a bit off the beaten track - skinks other than BlueTongues, iguanids other than Green Iguanas, agamids other than Beardies, plated lizards, geckos other than Leopards, Tokays, Cresties and Fat-Tails, and so on.

Also, to those of us who are keeping the less usual or perhaps less loved species, I would like to pose the question of how available you found helpful literature or other help. I think compared to the European and esp. German market we don't have a huge range of books covering the different species, though some of the Barrons' titles are reasonable and the Herpetocultural Library series are good, if not covering everything on the market.

I'd be interested in people's experiences and views.
 

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i have 5 leopard geckos, but am currently looking into a blue tongue skink of which i can only find 1 good american caresheet nothing else! and considering there diet its difficult to find any information
 

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currentley I'm keeping, 1 bearded dragon, 7 leopard gecko's 3 crested geckos soon to be 4 and 4 tokays. I will hopefully find something more exotic to add to the collection when I go to the donny show next wk too.
 

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1 Green Ig but there is a fijian iguana breeder on here. I also keep 1.2.0 Phelsuma Robertmertensi, there's a few good books out there with 95% of the phelsuma species in so captive care information is all there really. There's a few journals on jstor.org aswell monitoring wild behaviour and phelsuma diversity.
 

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I own a a Ackie monitor and maybe in the future a tokay gecko but thats it for lizards for me.
 

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I have Tribolonotus gracillis (red eyed crocodile skinks) luckily I got hold of tribolonotus on here and he gave me loads of good info through his website Deans Crocodile Skinks

Also have Anolis equestris (Cuban Knight Anoles) These were hard to get info but it is out there

Acanthocercus atricollis I have 5 of these and the only caresheet ive ever seen online is the one I wrote! Very very few people keep these I just found a third keeper in the UK after 12 months of searching for people

Im now looking at agama aceluta, Japalura splendida, Pseudotrapelus sinaitus as my next finds.

I also keep leptodactylus pendactylus (Smokey Jungle Frog) which I only know of a zoo that keeps
 

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Diversity

Well i have 2 leos, and 2 Painted Dragons (Stellio... see below), Leos there is plenty out there, for My painted Dragons I have found only 1 website that had a small amount of information. So for any other Painted Dragon owners, please pm me for comparisons of info etc.
 

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aside from my leos and AFT's I also have other species listed in my sig which includes Australian Barking Geckos, Knob-tailed Geckos, Mourning Geckos and Helmeted Geckos :)
 

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1 Green Ig but there is a fijian iguana breeder on here. I also keep 1.2.0 Phelsuma Robertmertensi, there's a few good books out there with 95% of the phelsuma species in so captive care information is all there really. There's a few journals on jstor.org aswell monitoring wild behaviour and phelsuma diversity.

theres more then one fiji breeder on here : victory:

i keep quite a few unusual lizards, some i wont mention, but tokays, cresteds, croc skinks, nile, water, quince, blue taileds, peach throats, ackies and some more monitor species, tegus, day geckos, fan footed geckos (various species) among others.
 

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Some interesting replies here. Some of us obviously like to spread ourselves across the spectrum to include other herps, and some of us are specialists and focus on, say, a family such as Agamidae. I think both approaches are valid as you can learn a lot either way.

I wouldn't want people to think I was knocking keeping leos or beardies by the way - I kept four leos for many years and it was only circumstances that forced me to slim down my collection and pass them to a young enthusiast who looked after them very well.

Has anybody here ever kept any of the anguid lizards, or any of the teiids/gymnopthalmids other than tegus? Or night lizards (Xantusiidae)? I know these are all a bit hard to get hold of in the UK, but I just wondered if there was any interest in them.
 

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My rep list is in my sig, Nothing 'special' there (tho they are all very special to me!) I do want to get somthing more exotic but find it is very difficult to come across interesting species, and to find the nessasary care info on them.
 

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My rep list is in my sig, Nothing 'special' there (tho they are all very special to me!) I do want to get somthing more exotic but find it is very difficult to come across interesting species, and to find the nessasary care info on them.[/QUOT E]


As above really:2thumb:

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my more unusual things consist of

lygodactylus williamsi - electric blue geckos
Tribolonotus Gracilis - red eye crocodile skink
Ptychozoon kuhli - flying geckos
Red eye tree frog

not sure how unusal the flying geckos are as i dont really see them for sale but they do tame down nicely when they trust you and they are very pretty.

i have a bit of a diverse range as my o/h works part time in a rep shop so he often falls in love with something and it ends up at home. I am a bit of a Gecko enthusiast but i would love a blue headed tree agama (fingers crossed one hops into my lap) & Uroplatus aff. ebenaui (fingers crossed on HAMM reptile expo). once i have those i think its collection complete :)
 

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You won't find me knocking the normal morphs - I prefer them the way nature made them! (Personal preference, not a question of principle!). :2thumb:

Another group I thought of, and which I have had experience of, is lacertids. Again one doesn't see many around. T. lepidus admittedly isn't cheap, but you don't see any of the others either, as a rule. Maybe it comes down to the CB thing again, but some of the Lacertidae are stunning in appearance, and the small ones are small enough to be easily housed.
 

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When I was growing up in Gibraltar I kept all of the local species at one time or other... mostly smaller lacertids such as various Wall Lizards (Podarcis hispanicus, Podarcis vaucheri, Podarcis muralis), Psammodromus algirus (Large Psammodromus), Psammodromus hispanicus (Spanish Psammodromus) and Acanthodactylus erythrurus (Spiny-Footed Lizard). Also had Tarentola mauretanica (Moorish Gecko), Hemidactylus turcicus (Turkish Gecko) Blaenus cinereus (Amphisbaenians), Chalcides chalcides (Three-Toed Skink) and Chalcides bedriagai (Bedriaga's Skink). Eventually I moved on to Green lizards (Lacerta trilineata) and Sand Lizards (Lacerta agilis) from France.

Since coming to England I haven't kept too many lizards, I've had a few, from Laudakia agamas to a few Day Geckos, Flap-Necked Chameleons and various skinks, but no group has really caught my imagination like those local lacertids I grew up with... I'd love to have Psammodromus algirus now!

I was overjoyed then, to find CB Timon lepidus (Ocellated Lizards) available not long ago...

Francis
 

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Has anybody here ever kept any of the anguid lizards, or any of the teiids/gymnopthalmids other than tegus? Or night lizards (Xantusiidae)? I know these are all a bit hard to get hold of in the UK, but I just wondered if there was any interest in them.
I've kept night lizards before. I can't remember which species,it was a few years ago but will try and find out. At the moment just have 1 collared and 1 golden tegu.
 

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I think when you live in Europe it's easier to have your imagination fired up by lacertid lizards as they are everywhere south of the Baltic (though even Scandinavian countries have at least one!). But I imagine Gib was great from that point of view!

Yasminnnn, how did you find your night lizard as a captive? I have read about them but never kept them, and only seen them once for sale.
 
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