Sounds as if you hunt like a bear..they like um too...
Originally Posted by rattler_mt
Nice work SWORDS!!! It looks good...
Hello, I must be going...
Lucky lizardo. Let's hope it doesn't decide to have Scotty beam it out
Whats it to ya?
Nice. What is the lighting like? Is it a one proper for herp's?
I tried a terrarium kind of like that with the plants and such, but my lighting system, to get enough heat for the floor of the cage, dried out everything except a few drought tolerant plants. With proper heat and lighting i think you can kiss the cretan brake fern (Pteris cretica - the ? fern) goodby, at the very least. But i can kill that fern well no matter what i do so perhaps its just me!
I've got 2x 65 W daylight power compacts for lighting. Not sure what temps the lizard needs but day temps at soil level in the tank get about 80-82*F when the lights are on, nights are 70-75*F or whatever the house is. I'm not sure what the temps are on the branch 6" below the lights where he likes to sit now. Seems like he doesn't pay much mind to the ground level but preffers to stay on the driftwood branches and sleeps on the stalks right under the leafs of the tall heart fern or the caladium after lights out.
Will these lizards forage for food when hungry or do the fruitflies have to come to them (i.e. gotta dump them out on his log all the time).
SirKristoff is a poopiehead
He needs temps around 85. He also needs a basking spot that is 100 - 110. Sounds like you have that with the branch 6 inches below the light. That's why he sits on that branch. Most of the time he'll sit on the branch and if he's hungry and he sees a ff walk by he will leap and grab it. You shouldn't have to put them on the branch for him. You'll just make him lazy.
Sounds like you have plenty of hiding places, so the only thing I can think you'll need is a uv light, calcium and vitamins. Looks like you're doing a good job.
That is a gorgeous set-up. Will you ever be able to spot the lizard, lol?
Say, Rattler.... What happens when you come into the house carrying a bucket of 1000 termites, slip and fall, knocking yourself out, and waking up hours later with an empty bucket?
Purely hypothetical, of course.
prolly resume unconsciousness when the wife discovers my screw up..........she hits hard
Termites are easy to rear, just cut a hole in a small square piece fill it with damp non bleached paper (you know that brown paper) and cut some divits, set tounge depressants, in some damp paper towel (same kind you used in it), and let them grow you can add additional levels, you might wanna use a glass container, or 2 plastic tubs, on in water cause they will chew through plastic.
Thanks Joe, I have even more plants coming, a couple small Alocasia species, that Christia, can't remember what else. Hopefully it'll keep the lizard from getting too bored in there by itself having places to climb and hide.
Oz, I'm gonna build a canopy over this tank next weekend for easier access moving things around and feeding. I'll add a socket that can hold a UV bulb, I saw they come in like 3, 5 and 9 watt varieties, what's the difference other than wattage? Is the 9 watt one for deeper tanks?
I picked up some Reptivite, looks to be rather complete with calcium and all kinds of other vitamins. I looked at one by Tetra but it said it was only calcium and not a complete source of nutrients. Tomorrow I'll try dusting the Fuit Flies tomorrow in a small size ziplock bag, can you recycle unused nutrient dust and put it back in the jar? I'm sure I won't need much for the flies! I ordered some big FF cultures , culture media and containers last night off ebay so I won't have to live on the hopes that the pet shop will have the FF when I need them. Any idea how long the lizard will be on FF before it gets big enough to eat the baby crickets? I don't mind doing the fly cultures, just curious.
Rattler and other foodies, There's a book called the Professional Breeders Guide to Rearing Live Food, publsihed by the same company who did the Professional Breeders Guide to Posion Frogs that was an english reprint of a German book. Does anyone have the live food book, is it worth it or can I find the same info online?
What do the feeder termites look like? Are they the grey/silver trilobite looking things under rocks and old wood?