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Old 10-27-2016, 12:38 AM
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I really didn't know where to put this, so sorry if this seems out of place...

As you may know from my other posts, I'm looking to set up a biopod grand with the full water feature and was looking for animals to put in it. Red eyed croc skinks were always an option and because I'm unable to source any shinisaurus I think they are the next best thing. My only concern is how active they will be. Many sources say they hide a lot, and because this will be a display tank (and an expensive one at that) I'm really looking for an animal that will be visible and interesting to watch. I'd also like them to use the water feature, so my other question is how often do they really swim?

One factor that I really like about these guys is handleability. Dart frogs and day geckos are great, but I do miss the days when I could take out my leos and beardies and hang with them on the couch... So my last question is how handleable are they really?

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They are pretty tame but are not very active during the day. Have you thought of mountain horned lizards? These guys are pretty cool. They are very active and will definitely use the water area. In my experience, some individuals can be skittish but most are easily tamed and are very handleable.
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I never even considered them. They sound very ideal for this setup... I will look into them. In the meantime, if anyone could point me in the direction of a shinisaurus source, I would be very happy. Otherwise, horned dragons sound pretty good.


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Rana verde is selling a pair
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Rana verde is selling a pair


Could you link me to where you found that? I can not find it.


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It's on their facebook page.
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Hmm. A little out of my price range... I saw a pair for 650 before, is that an unrealistic price normally?


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They were put on an endangered species list of some kind recently. Not sure by who (country/ organization). Don't know all the specifics but you can look it up.

Regardless, because of this their value has gone up unfortunately. Some breeders are holding back all of their stock to increase their value further. Not sure how to feel about that but it is what it is.

In terms of display animals I wouldn't call them ideal as they barely move. They are amazing lizards and gorgeous but definitely not an active captive at all. They hide a lot or like to sit like statues for hours at a time.

I've recently done the research for this exact type of set up and have many ideas but its not an easy one. Mostly because some of the best ideas need a lot more space then a commonly proportioned tank.

I ended up scraping the project until further notice but the last few candidates I considered that I thought would be good but still not ideal were water skinks (Eulamprus Quoyii) or one of the smaller water snakes.





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Yeah, I kinda figured... Shame. I guess mountain horned dragons are my best option. Thanks guys!


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Yeah, I kinda figured... Shame. I guess mountain horned dragons are my best option. Thanks guys!


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Sailfin dragons or Camien lizards! Haha jk.

I actually really like Red Eyed Crocodile Skinks, and if you have the right kind of set up they will be out. Not moving, but you'll see them. I have a good friend who use to breed them, I think they are a great choice, if your a patient enough person to just sit and watch.
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