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RE: Advice Regarding a Green Basilisk

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Posted by: masonmonitors at Sun Oct 23 06:04:50 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by masonmonitors ]  
   

Not so much for a beginner. I laughed when I read this post because that was the same thing I asked my parents for when I was in third grade... First we should take in to perspective what the animals natural environment consists of. We're looking at an extremely tropical lizard, so first thing is, you need high humidity, and fairly high heat. Therein lies your first issue to deal with. No matter what kind of heat you use, it's going to dry out the enclosures unless you close off most of the ventilation or spray them twice a day. This generally leaves normal glass aquariums out of the question. You'll need to construct, or pay for a plastic or wooden enclosure. Secondly, this is a lizard that can actually run on water. It's meant to do so in the nature to escape predators and probably also to catch prey. This being said, it's going to be a fairly active lizard, and need a VERY large enclosure(likely out door) with a ton of water. Not only is it very difficult and expensive to build an appropriate enclosure and to keep the temperature and humidity up, but it's also very difficult to keep up with a varied diet for a lizard like this without a lot of effort put forth. Crickets won't cut it for this lizard. I recommend a varied diet of superworms, roaches, fish, and a mouse once a week to keep up calcium requirements. I got my first pair a year ago, and it was the biggest hassle I'd ever dealt with. Beautiful lizards, and I did manage to get them to breed for me, but a substantial amount of effort and time is required to keep them healthy and happy. All that aside, I'm assuming your goddaughter will want to hold the lizard, and well... these lizards do not like being held at all. Ever. In fact, they don't like even being seen. Not a good lizard for a beginner at all. Consider rather a bearded dragon. No crazy humidity requirements, generally easy to feed and care for, and also make great companions. Or a leopard gecko. Good luck.


   

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