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BredliFreak

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Hi

i am a somewhat beginner reptile keeper and am a Canberran.
If you have read the license page then you would know what I am talking about.
i am currently Grade B but am looking ahead towards grade C.
i just want to know what a good, nice, pretty easy to keep reptile is
i have no particular favourites (please don't say Bredli I already have a cross)
Also it doesn't matter what grade it is.

Here is the species list:




LIST A
Chelidae Common long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis (E)
Scincidae Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard Tiliqua scincoides (E)
Blotched Blue-tongued Lizard Tiliqua nigrolutea (E)
Shingleback Lizard Trachydosaurus rugosus (E)
Agamidae Bearded Dragon Pogona barbatus (E)
CATEGORY B includes species of captive-bred reptiles which may be held for hobby purposes by experienced amateurs with at least two years experience in keeping one or more species from a family in Category A. Generally applicants for species on this list must be 15 years of age or over
LIST B
Chelidae Murray Turtle Emydura macquarii
Agamidae Tree Dragon (Jacky Lizard) Amphibolurus muricatus
Mountain Dragon Amphibolurus diemensis
Gippsland Water Dragon Physignathus lesueurii howitti
Scincidae Common Grass Skink Lampropholis guichenoti
Delicate Skink Lampropholis delicata
Cunningham's Skink Egernia cunninghami
Black Rock Skink Egernia saxatilis
Whites Skink Egernia whitii
Southern Water Skink Sphenomorphus heatwolei
Mountain Water Skink Sphenomorphus tympanum
Boidae Childrens Python Liasis childreni
Diamond Python Morelia spilota ssp.spilota
Carpet Python Morelia spilota ssp variegata
Spotted Python Liasis maculosis
Stimson's Python Liasis stimsoni
Varanidae Ridge-tailed Monitor Varanus acanthurus
Black-headed Monitor Varanus tristis
CATEGORY C refers to captive-bred reptiles suitable for keeping for hobby purposes for highly experienced herpetologists. Applicants must have at least one years experience with keeping Category B species and two years experience at keeping Category A species.
LIST C
Chelidae Broad-shelled River Turtle Chelodina expansa
Gekkonidae *****ly Gecko Heteronotia binoei
Thick-tailed Gecko Underwoodisaurua milii
Robust Velvet Gecko Oedura robusta
Tryon's Velvet Gecko Oedura tryoni
Southern leaf-tailed Gecko Phyllurus platurus
Marbled Gecko Phyllodactylus marmoratus
Stone Gecko Diplodactylus vittatus
Pygopodidae Common Scaly Foot Pygopus lepidopodus
Inornate Legless Lizard Delma inornata
Black-headed Scaly Foot Pygopus nigreceps
Agamidae Eastern Water Dragon Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii
Varanidae Spotted Tree Monitor Varanus scalaris
Gould's Monitor (Sand Monitor) Varanus gouldii
Scincidae Eastern Water Skink Sphenomorphus quoyii
Tree Skink Egernia striolta
Land Mullet Egernia major
Pink Tongued Skink Tiliqua gerrardii
Centralian Blue-tongue Lizard Tiliqua multifasciata
Western Blue-tongue Lizard Tiliqua occipitalis
Boidae Black-headed Python Aspidites melanocephalus
Bredl's Python Morelia bredli
Woma Aspidites ramsayi
Water Python Liasis fuscus
Olive Python Liasis olivaceus
Colubridae Keelback Styporhynchus mairii
Common Tree Snake Dendrelaphis punctulatus
Slaty-grey Snake Stegonotus cucullatus

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Also sorry if the scientific names are off blame the government:p
 

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Any of the pythons listed are easy to care for.
Think of availability and sourcing too. If there is something you like think about where you are going to get it from. There's a few good breeders here in Canberra but my suggestion is not to buy from a Petshop if you catch my drift...
 

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I feel sorry for pet stores. They have a bad rep of selling their animals without caring for the animals wellbeing. It may be true for some people, but there are a fair few who do care about their reptiles. I suggest carpet pythons. They have a varied amount of patterns and colours available, and I own one (which was bought from a pet store) and it's healthy and loves handling and is feeding well.
 

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I feel sorry for pet stores. They have a bad rep of selling their animals without caring for the animals wellbeing. It may be true for some people, but there are a fair few who do care about their reptiles. I suggest carpet pythons. They have a varied amount of patterns and colours available, and I own one (which was bought from a pet store) and it's healthy and loves handling and is feeding well.

Specific pet stores in Canberra are an issue. Only a select few sell reptiles..... Even fewer have access to Cat C animals.....

Pet stores as a whole aren't that bad, only a few.
 
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BredliFreak

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Thanks,
I already own a carpet and am looking for something different for the future (don't have grade C yet)
Would you recommend any other specific animals?
 

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What do you like out of the grade C list? Once you figure out what you like it's better. No point in us telling you about geckos if you don't like geckos for example.
 

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Specific pet stores in Canberra are an issue. Only a select few sell reptiles..... Even fewer have access to Cat C animals.....

Pet stores as a whole aren't that bad, only a few.
Right. The staff where I got my python were well specialized, and I'm pretty sure that to work in their reptile department, you need to own and/or breed your own reptiles.

Anyway, if you're looking for snakes, olive pythons are excellent handlers after a while, but people are put off due to their large size. That and they aren't too readily available, but definitely unique. Or beardies if you want a lizard. Friendly animals.
 
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BredliFreak

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Thank you all,
I was thinking mainly along the lines of geckos but i am wondering
if Egernias, pink-tongues or slatey-grey snakes are any good for beginners.
 

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Thank you all,
I was thinking mainly along the lines of geckos but i am wondering
if Egernias, pink-tongues or slatey-grey snakes are any good for beginners.
Well in that case, thick tailed geckos are always entertaining. And pink tongues grow to like handling and have long life spans. Come to think of it, now I'd like a pink tongue to. :p
 

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That list is a joke- none of those species are particularly difficult to care for. Whom ever came up with that list has obviously got limited husbandry experience
 
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