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Suggestions for Small Reptile Pet?

I really want a pet lizard, snake, or turtle, I just don't know what kinds. I'm edging toward Garter Snakes, but I don't know if I should cause of what they eat. I'm ok feeding them worms, but not pinkies or mice. If they can't eat worms the rest of their life, I'm not getting one. Can they?

Anyways.... any small lizard, snakes, or turtle ideas? (the smaller the better) thanks!

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Garter snakes vary in diet, you don't have to feed them mice. Slugs they love, crickets, beetles. My first snake was a green grass snake I caught. Beautiful snake. I caught hundreds of garter snakes and they make good pets. Anole or skinks are great.

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Oh thank you so much! I love snakes! What did you feed your green snake? Also, where did you get your bugs for your garter snake? Pet shop or in the wild?
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You can get them either wild or the pet shop. Worms at a bait shop. Be aware a garter snake will discharge it's waste on you the first few times out of fright till it gets to know you, when you handle it. My green grass snake was caught under a rock in a field. It was so green, they eat the same food items as garter snakes. Garter snakes are a nice pet. People don't appreciate the real beauty of snakes.
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If you decide on water turtle, feed them shiners you buy at a bait shop. They love them and are pretty cheap.
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I say turtle because they seem pretty easy to take care of

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I suggest a gecko, or chameleon, they both can look very exotic, they can have beautiful colors and come in small sizes, they dont eat mice just small bugs (meaning low maintenance).

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Alright! Thanks!
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You don't have to feed garter snakes mice you can feed them worms,slugs,crickets,and Some other insects but you could always buy frozen mice that's what we do for our pythons because I can't stand to see them kill the mice.

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Awe! Totally agree! Glad someone shows pitty in Mice, I know, I know, its the food chain, but golly, they can atleast have some respect. Thank you so much, I think I'll be gettin' some Garters!
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A blue-tongue skink makes an excellent pet. . .mine eats Iams cat food with calcium sprinkled on and mixed in the food so I don't have to buy crickets or other live critters to feed to Blueberry (given the color of his tongue it's an appropriate name). It's a great pet for a first-time reptile owner.

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Awe, I think Blueberry is an adorable name! How big is his cage generally in speaking? (F.Y.I. great idea on the food!) How long has he been eating that?
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"Wild" Blueberry is his full name and he lives in a 50 gal. aquarium with reptile bedding covering the bottom approximately 3" thick. He has a nice size water bowl in the center of his home that he can lay in also (he like to lay in his water from time-to-time), a Flintstone (do you remember the Flintstones cartoon?) looking home to hang out in on the left side and some greenery that looks like a little bush on the right side that he likes to sleep up. He was born in captivity and raised on the chicken Iams so he has been eating that for as long as we have had him. He was a 10th anniversary gift and we just celebrated 35 years of marriage. He does have a heat lamp and there are also heating pads you can buy so temperature wise he is not very delicate. With Blueberry, it's like having a little dinosaur in your home. He's approximately 2 feet (maybe longer) they do shed (you can tell when they get ready to sloth off the skin as the brown and tran coloring get a little darker and you can help remove the skin. We lost our box turtle (found him before Blueberry getting ready to cross a very, very busy highway) recently, his name was Pumpkin for the orange spots on his forelegs. When feeding a skink you can put the food on a flat dish and let him eat or I make finger-shaped pieces of his food to feed him; although one time I was reaching in to bring him out and he thought my finger was food and clamped (and I do mean clamped) on real tight. It was like my finger was caught in a vise grip and I had to wait till he let loose on his own (didn't want to break any of his teeth). When you go to the pet store, ask them if they have any hand-raised blue tongue skinks and hopefully there will be on raised on canned cat food. . .we never switch brands or flavor from what he was raised on. Good luck!!
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Trex

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I have a pet salamander and it has proved easy to take care of. You need to change his water once a day and about two mealworms a day. The only problem is that you can forget about them.

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Get a horned lizard.

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I raised a toad in a terrarium from very small size. By keeping the soil and peat moss moist the pace stayed humid. I raised insects on rotted meat put out on the balcony. Also bought cricket When big I let the toad go in my forests.

reptiles often die in captivity from stress and improper temp fluctuations

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The best pet is a wild animal..so many are going extinct whi westerners spend bilions on pet toys and food... Enjoy wid animals in conserved habitats.
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I would suggest a bearded dragon I know they get kind of big but they tend to be pretty friendly and like their human companionship.

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turtles would be good because they are easy to take care of and they are so cute

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I've always wanted a turtle but I got frogs instead. When I was in the 6th grade our class pet was a turtle and his name was George. Now I have 2 African Dwarf Frogs named Kermit and Frisky.
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I have a corn snake and he is a dream to take care of. Good temperament and easy to feed; Elliot is happy with either a live mouse or a frozen one (thawed out first of course) and as a 4 foot adult he is perfectly happy in his 50 gallon tank. Best snake breed for a pet. Geckos aren't bad but they need live crickets. Can't speak for chameleons because I've never owned one but according to friends they can be tricky to care for. Turtles are illegal in some areas because they carry certain diseases. Bearded dragons are also wonderful pets BUT they need VERY large vivariums. You wouldn't think it to look at the little guys but an adult needs MINIMUM 100 gallon tank. They key is education!! Take out library books and really research all of your choices. Good luck and enjoy your new repitile chum!!

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the good old corn snake i love them
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I have 2 Miniature African Dwarf Frogs. They swim around in a tank in my living room and their names are Kermit and Frisky. My mother actually bought them for my father for their anniversary last year. They live longer than any fish I've ever had. I also have a snail in the tank too but it doesn't move it just sits there in it's shell. I think it might be dead.

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Poor snail : (
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well, i have a read eared slider (turtle) you only have to feed them pellets, you can feed them things like tomato's,lettuce, fish food and cleaning their tank is pretty hard but there diet is just fine

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i say a bearded dragon i had one and it was so cool and a fun little pet to have around. or a green iguana if you have a small cage for it or it will get really big.

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The best pet in the world, nay the Universe is the average house cat. They are warm, kind, and they care about you as a person and I do believe worry about you when things are not going well for you. I know this because I have lived with cat and kitten since I have been less than a year old and am now 53 and my 53 year observation shows this to be true.
when you are feeling down or low or nervous a cat can sense this and they will come around you putting out a paw to touch your face or pat you on your back.
That is why I can say without a doubt "Cats the superior pet"
I love them cause they are so caring about us and wish only to be our friends.

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Short men...they will eat anything, sleep anywhere but you have to clean up after them a lot.

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salamander because they change colors!
i think.

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that would be a gecko
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Turtles are cool. They can't run fast if they get out of the pen you make for them; and, feeding them is simple. Water and some cut-up fruit and veggies. They are not loud. Also, a Gopher Snake or a Rat Snake (same thing). You can keep them in a medium sized vented aquarium and not in the window seal! It's too hot and they'll die for sure! It's cool to got to the pet store and buy a fat ol mouse and watch him eat it. Plus, they are "not" venomous. You can call him Speedy!

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Leopard gekos make good pets. They stay small, are easy to obtain, and can be picked up and handled. Plus they only eat crickets and look pretty cool.

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ohhh get a jesus lizard and get a water runway and watch him go

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my brother has a corn snake and they are pretty cool pets! but u do have to feed them mice once a week :/ i also have 5 geckos, 1 leopard gecko, 2 panther geckos and 2 australian barking geckos. in my opinion, the leopard gecko is the friendliest out of the 5 and she loves to be held. u have to feed them crickets and change their water everyday. all my geckos are potty trained and they go to the bathroom on a paper towel in their tank. it takes only a week to train them to go to the bathroom in one spot and to do that u simply put their feces on the paper towel in the corner of their tank and in about a week they catch on and go there instead. u only have to clean their tanks every few months! overall geckos are great pets and i would definitely do a bit of research before purchasing one!

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Turtles...all the way......

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hell yeah ImI/
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my favorite reptile was a Chinese water dragons
im pretty sure that's what there called

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Leopard Geckos make really good pets.

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Here is something of help http://bit.ly/UiSLzw as well as http://www.reptileapartment.com we have eBooks and lots of captive care information on various reptile species

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Box turtle my sister had one he was very easy to take care of

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Crested Gecko!

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leopard gecko they are one of the easiest reptiles to care for and they are very easy to handle an they only grow to 6- 8 inches

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I've had a ball python, and i loved her, she was such a sweet snake. The only thing on getting a snake, is making sure you keep its tank temperature appropriate, and humidity levels if you get a tropical snake *green tree pythons are GORGEOUS*. One thing to keep in mind, is their diet. If you do get a snake, live mice are much better for them than frozen, but you may want to be careful when starting them off on live.

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A gecko. There easy to care for and you can have a pond area in the cage with fish in it.

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bearded dragon they sell for alot and have several babys if you want tp breed then they can sell from any where from 30 to 100 dollars

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Boa constrictor. Leopard gecko, Umm a chamelon.

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if you are okay feeding a Gartner snake fish well it can eat that for the rest of its life and crickets,worms (insects).

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