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    I was just reading the thread about the guy who found the Anole on his bike and it got me thinking about the reptile collection I used to have. I've sold all of them off since we have kids and much less space, but I still enjoy them and would love to get a few more someday. Anyone keep reptiles as pets? Like I said, I had quite the collection at one time and made good side money breeding them. I've owned the following:

    Sailfin Lizards
    Water Dragons
    Green Basilisks
    Brown Basilisks
    Bearded Dragons
    Frilled Lizards
    Crested Geckos
    Box Turtles
    Horned Toads
    Various Salamanders
    Ball Python

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    As a kid I caught and kept any kind of reptile (even rattlesnakes), and some insects and some arachnids.. just to observe - then released again... my parents made me kill the rattle snakes, but I atleast made a dish with them, like chili or stew
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by manutd View Post
    woow....do you have chameleon?
    No, never owned a chameloen. They are hard to care for and not very hardy.

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    Haven't had any for years, but I used to keep snakes. I had a...
    boa
    red rat snake
    black rat snake
    yellow rat snake
    and briefly had a 7' indigo

    Now I just enjoy seeing them in the woods. I got to play with a ~4' rattler a couple of years ago at a local state park campground. It was absolutely beautiful.

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    I have a Chinese water dragon and a cal desert tortoise.

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    Right now just a Black Mexican King snake.
    Just had to thin the herd.
    Have had Bullsnakes, Kingsnakes, Savannah Monitors,Water Dragon, Tegu
    Poison Arrow frogs and a variety of hairy critters. At one point I worked for Animal
    Control and wife worked at pet stores and a abandoned animal facility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudviking View Post
    Right now just a Black Mexican....
    That's what going to ruin our country - black-mexicans
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Oh man i am a "pro" if you want to call it that in the cold blooded realm. I worked at an exotics reptile shop for 5 years in high school and early college. Specializing in anything you could think of. I also worked a couple expo's. That place was a reptile nerds dream job.

    I have owned:
    Breeding groups of Leopard geckos (Tangerines, albino's, leucistic, and giants) bread them for about 4 years.
    Breeding pair of gargoyle geckos.
    Beirdy my Orange color morph Bearded Dragon (she got a freak liver infection and died at 5)
    African Fat Tail Gecko's.
    Helmet Geckos
    Viper Geckos
    Mangrove Monitor
    Red Spot Toad
    Hognose Snakes
    Longtail Grass lizards
    Several Orchid Mantids (its a bug, but still cool)

    The only guy i still own is my 16 year old (not kidding 16!!!!) Argentine Horned frog named Kermit. I need to post a picture of him in the pet thread.

    I plan on eventually getting a dendrobates specific vivarium. I guess i got a little side tracked with fish.

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    I currently keep a southern painted turtle named Gri-Gri who's 7.

    I kept two ball pythons for awhile in high school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    That's what going to ruin our country - black-mexicans
    blacxicans?

    Never had a reptile pet, always wanted a snake...caught a few though, like this snake I let slither all over my bike.

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    Have had lots, right now just a beardie and a tokay gecko.

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    Awesome Thread!!!

    I've caught and kept and or bought and kept:

    SNAKES (non-venomous):
    Cali King
    San Diego Gopher
    Great Plains Gopher
    Western Patch Nosed (Really neat!)
    Night
    Striped Whip (too nervous)
    Water
    Mountain King (bastards bite!)
    Red Coachwhip (bastards bite!)
    Long Nosed (sand swimmer)
    San Gabriel Mtn Rosy Boa (bred her, she had 12 babies!)
    Glossy

    SNAKES (Venomous):
    Southern Pacific Rattler
    Mohave Sidewinder Rattler
    Colorado Sidewinder Rattler
    Southwestern Speckled Rattler
    Red Diamond Rattler
    Mohave Green Rattler

    LIZARDS:
    Banded Gecko
    Chuckwalla
    Zebra-tailed
    Side Blotched
    Western Fenced
    Desert Spiny
    Granite Spiny (males are gorgeous!)
    Desert Horned
    Coast Horned
    Whiptail
    Western Collard
    Long Nosed Leopard (all time fav local carnivorous)
    Moroccan Spiny Tailed
    Desert Iguana
    California Legless
    Southern Alligator (fun to watch them stalk their prey!)
    Chinese Water Dragon (gnarly to hear them crush a mouse!)

    TURTLES:
    Eastern Box (still have it, gorgeous male!)

    TORTOISES:
    Wild Desert (not captured, not even touched!)

    I'm sure I've had others...
    life is... "All About Bikes"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerdonian View Post
    Oh man i am a "pro" if you want to call it that in the cold blooded realm. I worked at an exotics reptile shop for 5 years in high school and early college. Specializing in anything you could think of. I also worked a couple expo's. That place was a reptile nerds dream job.

    I have owned:
    Breeding groups of Leopard geckos (Tangerines, albino's, leucistic, and giants) bread them for about 4 years.
    Breeding pair of gargoyle geckos.
    Beirdy my Orange color morph Bearded Dragon (she got a freak liver infection and died at 5)
    African Fat Tail Gecko's.
    Helmet Geckos
    Viper Geckos
    Mangrove Monitor
    Red Spot Toad
    Hognose Snakes
    Longtail Grass lizards
    Several Orchid Mantids (its a bug, but still cool)

    The only guy i still own is my 16 year old (not kidding 16!!!!) Argentine Horned frog named Kermit. I need to post a picture of him in the pet thread.

    I plan on eventually getting a dendrobates specific vivarium. I guess i got a little side tracked with fish.
    Sweet bunch of animals you had there. I had a breeding group of Red Bearded Dragons that were my cash cow. I sold hundreds of hatchlings to a pet shop for $25 each. I traded them all for a trio of frilled dragons and tried to breed those. They were selling for a few hundred dollars each so I thought i was going to make a killing. I got eggs but I couldn't ever get them to hatch properly. They died in the eggs. I ended up getting 2 or 3 that survived after two years of trying. Stupid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcmark View Post
    Sweet bunch of animals you had there. I had a breeding group of Red Bearded Dragons that were my cash cow. I sold hundreds of hatchlings to a pet shop for $25 each. I traded them all for a trio of frilled dragons and tried to breed those. They were selling for a few hundred dollars each so I thought i was going to make a killing. I got eggs but I couldn't ever get them to hatch properly. They died in the eggs. I ended up getting 2 or 3 that survived after two years of trying. Stupid!
    Breeding is a frustrating business. The group of leopards i had i sold at the shop i worked at, made a ton of money off them for a high schooler, though i think it significantly set me back with getting the ladies.

    The place was also a breeder, so helped breed Leopards, Fat Tails, Gargoyles, Cresteds, Beirdies, Day Geckos, Tegu's, Monitors, and bunch of small geckos, etc...... The snakes were the easiest by far. There were a few species that were very difficult, The New Guinea Frillies were super hard, as well as the knob tailed geckos, and the egg-gluers were a pain in the A.

    If i were to breed again i would get a pair of Acki monitors, those thing were so much fun to watch.

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