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    1. Member War Machine's Avatar
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      11-28-2011 10:26 PM #1


      Figured I'd see if anyone is into reptiles. My GF got me hooked a few months ago

      First I did a lot of research as to what lizard I wanted, concluded on a Sudan Plated Lizard:



      First day home, Unsure of actual age, she's much bigger now

      This was her setup at first



      Wasn't really happy with it, so I did some research about building my own enclosure. So I did:









      All said and done, Total was just over $200 to build.

      THENNN I was hooked, did more reasearch and took a liking to this guy



      Chinese water dragon. I bought him with intent of a custom enclosure, but because of his age and size, this viv has done the job so far



      and just this weekend, I noticed he's getting much bigger now, They're an arboreal lizard so they need climbing space, so I started his full viv. Started with a 120G aquarium



      Still not tall enough, so I added an additional 2 feet



      And I just finished the top and UVB lighting tonight





      More updates tomorrow Here he is about 2 months ago



      as soon as he is in his new tank, Baby savannah monitor is taking his old one, while I build a custom enclosure for it
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    2. Member War Machine's Avatar
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      12-06-2011 12:22 PM #2
      Some updates on the enclosure, and a new friend

      Picked up a female dragon on sunday



      Got my new dresser and the tank into my room, stands a total of 7ft tall



      Did my Styrofoam work, going to grout hopefully tonight, got a nice piece of driftwood in there too





      This will be a waterfall



      Still a lot of work left, but i've got all my purchases done, Misting system, fogger, filter, lighting, glass, etc, Just a matter of how motivated I am

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      12-06-2011 02:16 PM #3
      Wow, good work on the enclosures! I absolutely LOVE Chinese Water Dragons... they are like Iguanas but they have an easier diet and are a bit calmer in my experience...


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      12-06-2011 04:07 PM #4
      Thanks!, Yeah CWD's are super awesome for pets, My first dragon is super calm, Just hangs out, loves coming out of the tank, and is a healthy eater, the new one is still a bit jumpy, but she'll calm down just as fast. I try and spend at least an hour a day with them out, when I'm watching TV, or doing laundry etc, they just chill out lol
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      12-07-2011 12:26 PM #5
      I grouted the walls last night, and took a pic of my First dragon





      Going to do some painting tonight
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      12-10-2011 03:48 PM #6
      Picked him up on thursday



      His temporary setup till the new year



      Going to pick up a ceramic tile to put on his basking spot to bring the surface temp up to 130-140

      He's awesome, super cute, funny, eating properly and very active
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      12-10-2011 07:09 PM #7
      That is a good looking Savannah monitor you got there! I always liked the Nile monitor just never got one... How many are you planning on getting?

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      12-10-2011 07:18 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by malv1 View Post
      That is a good looking Savannah monitor you got there! I always liked the Nile monitor just never got one... How many are you planning on getting?
      Yeah, I feel I got lucky with him. I've heard some horror stories about Savs which is sad, People say they are beginner monitors, which is the complete opposite, they have SPECIFIC requirements to thrive and have a successful life. These guys can live past 20 years!

      The niles are awesome monitors too!, But just know they are the most aggressive of all monitors

      I almost picked up a white throat monitor, but I don't have the space to house one properly at the moment, so I stuck with the sav. One day I'd like a white/black throat, or even an asian water monitor

      as far as numbers, I'm maxed out with lizards now I'm content. ALTHOUGH, I would LOVE an Australian Water Dragon.



      Kind of rare around these parts, and normally 10x the price of a CWD lol

      Here is were my WD tank is at. Working on it now

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      12-10-2011 10:59 PM #9
      Busy night Just need water, install glass, install heat. let sit for a few days, dragons go in!

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      12-11-2011 12:44 AM #10
      Looks awesome! You should build them and sell them. People love that stuff!
      Believe nothing you hear, and only half of what you see.

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      12-11-2011 09:52 PM #11
      Here ya go



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    12. 12-23-2011 02:52 AM #12
      Some one likes nature beauty so we will be remind all aspects and save beauty so we will be ready for best health so never forget nature and be active for nature safety.

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      01-29-2012 04:09 AM #13
      those are some beautiful reptiles and their houses!! crazy! I admire your passion about them. (: I wish i could do the same.

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      02-19-2012 11:07 PM #14
      Very nice! love your CWD's and Sav.

      I have had a few anoles and leo's, and then a few inverts as well, but nothing big. I have always wanted something a bit bigger, so I am doing my research now, focusing on Black & White Tegus. I always loved them.

      Any input would be awesome.

      EDIT:

      So I went into an aquarium specialty store today to pick up some stuff for a 20 gal I have had sitting around for awhile. They happen to be attached to a reptile store as well. A cute egyptian uromastyx caught my eye. I couldn't say no to it lol...

      Only about 8", unsure of actual age but it is less than 12 months. Call it an impulse buy but I've always thought they were awesome.

      I was so excited about it I completely forgot all about the aquarium stuff I went there for lol

      Its temporarily in a 60 gal tank, but will soon be building a new one. Looks like you used styrofoam to build the hides/basking spot... looks good, I would love to do the same. Is that just grout like you would use for ceramic tiles you used?
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      02-22-2012 10:31 AM #15
      Wow, you all have some fine looking reptilians there . My wife and I prefer to keep reptiles since they're quiet, don't smell, and generally don't make a mess. We have 3 Herps. We've got a 3 toed box turtle who we've had for 13 years, a 4 year old Desert Tortoise, and a baby Apricot Pueblan Milksnake.

      P.J. the 3 toed Box Turtle


      Dude the Desert Tortoise (my kids named it)


      and Pat, the Apricot Pueblan Milksnake
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      02-22-2012 02:18 PM #16
      Nice!

      Awesome colouring on the milk snake!

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      02-23-2012 01:38 PM #17
      I love the first lizard he's awesome! However I'm a snake gal. I had lizards when I was younger, but I overcame my fear of snakes and now I have 5 beautiful darlings. (Please pardon that I'm in all the pictures.)

      These are my first snakes. They're about a year or so old. The lighter one is an Opal Corn snake and her name is Opie, and the dark one is a Charcoal corn snake, and his name is Jinx.


      3 weeks ago I went to pick up three 6 month old ball pythons as some lady was selling them on craigslist, and she sent me pictures and informed me they were eating well. One is eating well, one is very very small, and the other was having a hard shed, due to inadequate care. They had no heat (lights, or under tank heat) no humidity, and no water in their bowl. The tank was disgustingly dirty with left over shed and feces. So I'm calling them my resuces, cause I don't know how long they would have lasted like that.

      This is Willie. He's a normal ball python with a recessive gene for Snows.



      This is Bumbles. He is a pastel.


      And this is Runt. He's a little on the aggressive side, but I've been handling him everyday, and hopefully it will help tone down his agression a little bit.




      I'm looking into getting tupperwares for them so I can separate everybody. The balls are going to run out of room before I know it as they were/are housed together. And I'm worried of accidently pregnancy with the corns so splitting everyone up soon! Hoping to get some better pictures with everyone after shedding. 3 out of 5 have clouded eyes.

    18. 02-24-2012 03:14 AM #18
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      02-29-2012 02:55 PM #19
      Nice setups!! I'm going to be doing something custom sometime soon. Picked up my first snake about a year ago, Red tail boa named Daria. Unfortunately she had IBD and she passed about 4 months ago.



      One of my favorite shots



      My newest little guy, Waldo (he hides alot). Another Red Tail boa. About 6 months old in this pic (just cleaned the cage)



      If any of you are ever in the Chicago land area (Gurnee) Check out Serpent Safart. Some big snakes/reptiles/etc.





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      03-05-2012 03:06 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Marshmallow Man View Post


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      03-07-2012 11:56 AM #21
      Yeah according to them (Serpent Safari), it's the worlds largest snake. 380lb Burmese Python.

      They have a 325 lb Ananconda too


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      03-07-2012 05:54 PM #22


      Feeding day for everybody.
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      03-07-2012 06:01 PM #23
      I was going to do the same


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      03-07-2012 07:01 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Marshmallow Man View Post
      Yeah according to them (Serpent Safari), it's the worlds largest snake. 380lb Burmese Python.

      They have a 325 lb Ananconda too

      Pffft the one in the movie was bigger

      But seriously I would crap if I stumbled across either of those (the burmese/anaconda) in the wild.

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      03-08-2012 06:12 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Nemo's First Mate View Post


      Feeding day for everybody.
      How big is your snake? What size mouse is that? My little guy has got awhile before it eats anything bigger than a pinky.
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