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New to lizards (uro or chuck?)

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Posted by: norcalal at Fri Jul 1 19:33:30 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by norcalal ]  
   

Greetings all!
New lurker and poster as well. I checked both the uro and chuck forums and there's not a lot of activity there, so I figured I'd start here.
I've owned tons of animals over my 49 years of life and while I have ferrets, dogs, cats, bird, fish and a tortoise now, I'd like very much to add a largish lizard. I checked out the usual beardies and geckos and such and while interesting, I've always got to be a bit off the beaten path. My parrot is an Eclectus, my dogs are Bouviers. It's just part of what I like.
So, I'm down to uros or a chuckwalla. Locally, I have both malis and chucks available, so I'm asking: which is better for a newcomer? I've read as much as I can find and while like everything else on the internet there is much disagreement, seems like these two are unusual, friendly, easy to begin with and eat primarily greens.
So which are easier on the newbie? Which are more forgiving to someone just getting into lizards? I've been very lucky with my desert tortoise as he literally walked into our lives and house five years ago and knowing zero about them, he's thrived over that time. We now have him outside all year long in a large 20x25 pen.
I'd like to keep this guy inside, naturally. Space is no problem and neither is funds to feed or house. My better half is just as into this addition as I am, so she's excited about our newcomer.
Love to hear some opinions and suggestions. TIA!


   

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