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What's a Good First-Time Herp?

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    What's a Good First-Time Herp?

    My ex-boyfriend just started his zoology classes this semester and has absolutely fallen in love with the class pet: a corn snake. He also loves checking out my water dragon, as well as anything with scales at the pet store when we go to get Starbuck food. ^.^' So his birthday is coming up and I was thinking about getting him a tank and supplies for a pet, but I'm not sure what to go with...Does anyone have any good recommendations? They have to be relatively easy to care for - he's a full time student and he works and travels around a bunch to visit family and friends, so he can't give the thing 100% of his attention. And, as the title would suggest, he has never owned a reptile before, though he is very responsible and can be trusted.

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    Re: What's a Good First-Time Herp?

    I would either say:
    -a corn snake
    -a bearded dragon
    -a leopard gecko
    -ball python

    The corn snake and leo takes up the least amount of space. But I'd say go with a Bearded Dragon, but then again, I'm a little biased lol!
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    Re: What's a Good First-Time Herp?

    When you said
    They have to be relatively easy to care for - he's a full time student and he works and travels around a bunch to visit family and friends, so he can't give the thing 100% of his attention.
    So how long is gone when he visits and travels? Lizards need to be feed daily, so that may not work out!
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    Re: What's a Good First-Time Herp?

    Oh that is true. If he can't be there to feed them the right amount, a snake would be better.
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    Re: What's a Good First-Time Herp?

    I'm voting for a snake. Maintenance varies with the species but certain snakes need only be fed every few weeks, which means you only need to clean up poop/urates every few weeks, and daily water changes are appreciated but not required.

    I would suggest something that doesn't require high humidity. Humidity can really be time consuming and a pain to maintain depending on the situation.

    A lizard would not be appropriate for his situation.
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    Re: What's a Good First-Time Herp?

    Like the others say a corn snake would be the best fit, well any snake. There are so many beautiful colors out there now. Maybe it would be the best to bring him to help pick out a pet. Sometimes buying someone a pet without telling them it doesnt work out and the animal suffers in the end. Good luck
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    Re: What's a Good First-Time Herp?

    I too vote Corn snake..

    Ball Python can be a pain if you don't know what you are doing.
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