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Old 07-05-03, 03:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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55 gallon tank possibilities

First post here and I wanted to know what everyone thought I should do with a 55 gallon acrilic tank. I know basically nothing about snakes, lizards, newts, and whatever else you want to recomend. If you had any ideas and/or good links for some general information on anything I would appreciate it. Thanks
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Old 07-05-03, 04:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think a nice male emerald tree boa would be awesome in such a cage.



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I'm a nut for the absolutely beautiful corn snakes! They are so easy to look after & so much fun. A wonderful beginner snake. Here are some links :
http://members.aol.com/guttata319/Hawkherp/morfs.html
http://www.serpenco.com
http://www.corn-utopia.com
http://www.houseofmaok.homestead.com
http://serpwidgets.com/cornsnakes/morphs/morphs.html
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You'll get mixed up opinions here. However, MY opinion ( surely the one that is right all the time ) would say, build a nice planted vivarium with some beautiful looking darts in it. Looks appealing, doesn't cost much moey for the animals ( as much as, lets say the emerald tree boa ) and the frogs are really nice looking and diurnal

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If you like lizards i would tell you to get a uromastyx. Im pretty sure in a tank that big you could fit 2 of them..but one of the smaller species...like the uromastyx maliensis (dont know about the exact spelling on maliensis but i think thats right ) they are very hardy lizards, easy to handle and not a lot of maintenance but they require a uv, and heat lamp but they dont even drink water! and they only eat vegetables so it takes away the hassle of crazy crix. i have 2 mali uromastyx my self and they are the best lizards EVER..in my opinion

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Old 07-05-03, 06:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I wouldn't recommend putting any lizards in an acrylic tank. They will scratch the crap out of it with their nails. I also woudln't recommend a tree boa/python unless you have experience working with boas/pythons. These are for experienced keepers. Although I'm partial to snakes myself, I like Dozers suggestion of a nicely planted amphibian setup How much work are you willing to put into maintaining a setup? Are you looking for animals that you can handle? We could probably give you some better suggestions with a few more specifics.
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I like zoe and dozers ideas cause i want both of those things. LOL

But i would have to say leopard geckos just cause they are my favorite lizards or snakes would have to be a corn snake. hehe.
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Yeah, I missed the part about not knwoing snakes. Maybe an Amaazon tree Boa then? Equally cool and come in way more colours
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I DEFINATELY wouldnt get an emerald. as he said he knows NOTHING aobut snake, lizards or the sort. why would he go get an emerald off the bat?? Most people dont even own them cause their price and difficulty. I would first research what kinds of snakes and lizards you are interested in then ask. There are TONs of possibilitys. A nice adult beardie, a uro. OR a nice community tank of lizards. A corn snake, ball python, I could go onn and ooooooon and ooooon.
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Hey
Lizard-A couple of leopard Geckos
-Bearded dragon_But as zoe said-Will scratch it up
-Blue tounge skink
-1 mali Uro--But would scratch it up
Snakes- Amazon Tree boa...But there not to friendly
Corn Snake- Cool colors-Great pets/small
Ball Python--I love em..LOL
Rat snake/king snake

For a snake I would go with a pair of balls, For lizards I would go for a couple of leopard Geckos.

N bartman..2 uros wont go good in a 55g.....UBigger is needed for 2.

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What are the dimensions of this cage?
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If you are wanting lizards, defenately go with Leopard Geckos, if you are wanting a snake defenately go with a Corn snake

The reason i say this is that they are considered beginner reptiles, and are pretty easy to maintain and with that size vivarium you would have plently of room for either of those.

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A single beardie in a 55 would probably be border line for size... It could suffice but I dont recommend it.. Lizards can live in the worst of conditions (we see this daily in pet stores) however they flourish in prime optimal conditions. And for the record, a beardie would never get its nails into acrylic. I would say only some varanids, and teids would cause damage to acrylic. And those are ruled out due to size limitations for a 55 gal.
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thanks for the replies everyone. Some one asked for some more specific information, here it is: I do want to be able to handle the animals, I am willing to do a fair amount of maintenance and whatever other work, the tank is 48x13x18, my dad hates the idea of poison frogs, and I'm a kid with not too much money. hope I didnt forget anything. thanks again
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48 High or Wide?
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