Reptiles/New to reptiles


So I've been sitting on this for a while to make sure I'm not impulse buying a reptile, however, I still have no clue what type of lizard would be best for me and could use a quick consultation.

Obviously I am a beginner so not looking for anything too troublesome or mischievous.

So far tank wise, I have a 10 gallon (couple year old fish talk) but willing to upgrade to around 20gal (can't fit much bigger in the space).

After initial set-up costs (not too worried about that) I'm looking for something reasonably affordable to maintain. I would hate to find out I took in something that will constantly empty my wallet every week.

So to sum everything up, I'm looking for something reasonably mellow-ish (although I understand I might have to work with that, not a big issue), something where ~20gal should be enough (maybe add a 2nd one at some point down the road?), and something that is generally pretty affordable to care for and maintain in the long run.

(Also, not important AT ALL, but I would prefer something with a more tropical-like habitat as I  generally find a desert set-up kind of an eye sore. But that's all me being picky and I can obviously work with the right animal)

I genuinely appreciate any help and suggestions you can can provide!

Hello Chris,

A good starter reptile for a 10-20 gallon tank would be either a leopard gecko or a crested gecko.  They both do well in that sized tank.  They are low cost to maintain & wont eat you out of house & home either.
Both species become very tame if worked with & don't mind being handled.  
If your preference is more of a tropical set up or environment I would go with the crested gecko as they live in tropical rainforests.  I think you would enjoy keeping one.  
They do well in the 20 gallon tall tanks, too.  
If you have more questions on them, let me know.



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Tracie Kretzschmar


I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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