Originally Posted by Dr. Manhattan
Rob, so sorry for your losses. Someone mentioned vinyl plank flooring, I second that, it looks great, lasts virtually forever, and they have water resistant and maybe even waterproof kinds now. I installed water resistant out on my sunporch 3 years ago and it's put up with all those lovely changes of Massachusetts weather over that time.
I like the caiman lizard idea. But a glass enclosure is going to be substantial for an adult. Zoo Med keeps them in really big Waterland Tubs with some sort of custom steel cage over the top. If you go on their website I'm sure they still have the article (The Vivarium online maybe). Don't give up on turtles, try a smaller species that could be an interesting breeding project like Stripe necked musks or Cagles maps.
Iíve seen them.. honestly the more I fall in love with the Caiman lizards the more I donít think I want to keep one.. lol they are amazing, but a huge chore.. I may Ďadoptí one at the zoo and visit it there where he has a zoo keeper to give him fresh snails daily.