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    What animals can I keep in a greenhouse?

    I don't have a greenhouse yet, but I am planning on getting one. Does anyone know of any inexpensive pets (such as tarantulas) that don't require extra lighting which are suitable for rainforest greenhouses?

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    Out of curiosity, what zone are you in?

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    I live in SE England, however I was referring to a heated greenhouse.

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    I assume you want the animals to be free range in there versus caged in some way ? Many people have had luck with some of the smaller dentrobatids such as Epipedobates tricolor and Oophaga pumilio. They're not exactly cheap though. Cheaper options that I know of people having luck with are the smaller Phelsuma species, Lepidodactylus lugubris, Lygodactylus species, Sphaerodactylus species and Hemidactylus species. You could also try some of the smaller Anolis species like A.carolinensis or A.sagrei. Some small tropical hylids may also work.

    Something to keep in mind though.....in a new greenhouse, there is not much in the way of bioload. Small animals are far better suited for large, older greenhouses with established colonies of small invertebrates like springtails, sow bugs, roaches, flies and other small insects to keep them fed.

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    If you can keep it stable enough tempwise a greenhouse is an excellent situation for true chameleons. If you're of a mind to deal with them, arboreal vipers such as Bothriechis aurifer and B. schlegeli would be my first choice. In cages of course......
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    If you plan on keeping animals in screen cages in there, you definitely have more options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George_Adams View Post
    that don't require extra lighting
    There are few reptile species you can keep with out specialized lighting. However there is a variety of geckos you could keep, such as Tokay geckos and Crested geckos. However they are nocturnal and you won't view them much during the day (reason for not needing special lighting).

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    If you are consider "free range" critters, there are also the issues of:

    1) Preventing escapees ... both for their safety and that of the environment.

    2) Should you ever need to use any poisons for pest or pathogen control, you will be unlikely to be able to so without poisoning the inhabitants.

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