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So I have an empty 33 gallon tank and I don't know what to put in it.I am thinking some sort of reptile,amphibian or invert...but I am not sure what.


Suggestions?


I have been wanting an Emperor scorpion or some tarantula species for awhile now,but am thinking the 33g is kinda big for them.I have done alot of research on these critters though for years.


But I am also maybe interested in some sort of lizard (aside from leos).
 

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You can stand it on its end, to make it tall and get some sort of gecko like: crested geckos, day geckos, satanic (sp) geckos etc...

You could also house a bearded dragon though you would have to make an upgrade when it gets to big.

A corn snake or a ball python would also be good.
 

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There are a ton of options so it's hard to narrow it down just based on tank size. How much money are you looking to invest? (for example, it really didn't cost me much to set up my crested gecko tank but it was a ton of money to get my dart frog terrarium up and running, even though it was smaller!)

Are you looking for something active/colorful as a display animal (darts, tree frogs, tokay geckos, etc.)? Or something you can photograph/handle (crested geckos, leopard geckos, corn snakes, etc.)? Do you want something that can live it's whole life in the tank or would it be okay to upgrade in the future (like for a bearded dragon or something)? Are you looking for a single pet or did you want a group of animals (most reptiles/amphibians shouldn't be housed in groups but a few can be, like many frog species)?

Of course, my personal favorite lizard is the crested gecko. You'd just have to flip the tank to make it tall :). Cresteds are very easy to care for and also quite adorable! :heart:
 

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Hmmm...well I love cresties and beardies.
I could turn the tank on it's side,but what would I get to cover the open side?? Some sort of mesh or screen I assume...?


I always wanted a beardie,but I don't really have the room to upgrade to a larger tank right now...so it is better I stick with something that don't need an upgrade later on.I don't wanna try frogs,as I never really had luck with ACFs or DCFs...so I am afraid to try something else like a pacman or pixie frog...even though I love them!


As for groups or solitary animals,it doesn't matter.Maybe I will stick with a corn snake.I always wanted one and did research years ago,but will need to update my info...so if anyone has some good caresheets,I would appreciate it! :)


Thanks for the suggestions!
 

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What I did with my tanks for crested geckos is just use a normal screen and use either clips or tap to make sure its on tight, or for my larger enclosure my dad and I build a door in under 2 hours (my dad is not too handy). You can see pictures if you look in the lizard forum, or just click here

I would personally go with crested gecko or gargoyle geckos if you want something with legs, you could house 2- 3 crested geckos in a 33 gallon. A corns snake or a ball python would be my first choice though :p
 

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Hmmm...well when I have more time,I will check out your enclosures.I am just checking in while I am waiting to go out with a friend....


I do love cresties though and always wanted one.
They can live alone right? Do they need friends?
Because the only place to get them here is a store and they cost $200.I will probably spend that much on getting the enclosure put together.


Once I have more time to think clearly though I shall come back!
 

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What I did with my tank is use one of the sliding screens they sell. That way it stays closed even when the tank is on it's side--it's easy to open and get access to the tank, too :).
 

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No reptile needs friends. All are pretty solitary in nature i don't know any that wants a companion

You could look into anoles, geckos (house geckos are really really cute)

check out www.herpcenter.com care sheets and info on any type of reptile that would work.

tokay geckos are kind of mean and they scream at night
 

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So I was into the pet store today and they now sell screen lids...yay! I wasn't sure where to get them,as this store didn't sell them before.They have them as small as 51/2 gallons and go up to 40 or 50 gallons.So I will be getting one soon and I think I am going with a corn snake.


But may set up my 10 or 15 gallon and get a screen for that and also get my T and my scorpion.
 
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