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    hi, i am thinking about getting a leopard gecko, but ive heard they can live from 20-30 years. thats a long time. i dont know if i wanna have one that long. is there any alternitive lizards that live less like maybe 10 years? how long do cresties get?
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    20 -30 years?? the longest ive had one is 16 years and i thot that was unusual, id say 10 years is about the average for a leo

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggy69 View Post
    20 -30 years?? the longest ive had one is 16 years and i thot that was unusual, id say 10 years is about the average for a leo
    Actually, she had the ages correctly. I have a 12 year old currently who's nice and healthy and should easily live another 10 years. The "average" you're giving is probably based on people who give improper care for them. I remember back about a year ago this woman's leo died and it was 9 or so. She thought she lived unusually long for a small reptile, when told they can live 20+ years she flipped. I wouldn't say 20-30 years, but 20+, there's a 25 year old leo on You Tube named Dink, and the record for the oldest is 30+.

    With all these new morphs weakening their genes I wouldn't doubt seeing 20+ year old leos will decrease causing the average age to decrease with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by killuminati View Post
    hi, i am thinking about getting a leopard gecko, but ive heard they can live from 20-30 years. thats a long time. i dont know if i wanna have one that long. is there any alternitive lizards that live less like maybe 10 years? how long do cresties get?
    Honestly, if you don't want to commit to an animal then I would suggest not getting one. These are live animals, and even older leos need a vet every now and then. There's too many people out there not caring for their animals, or keeping them for 3 or so years then "getting bored" with them and put them up for adoption. It's unfair to the animal to be neglected.

    Get a fish. Betta's live 5-7 years, or is that too long? Even then Betta's need a heater, bubble rock/filter, plants, minimum of 5gal's, and food every other day. They too can get sick and need to go to the vet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allee Toler View Post
    Honestly, if you don't want to commit to an animal then I would suggest not getting one. These are live animals, and even older leos need a vet every now and then. There's too many people out there not caring for their animals, or keeping them for 3 or so years then "getting bored" with them and put them up for adoption. It's unfair to the animal to be neglected.

    Get a fish. Betta's live 5-7 years, or is that too long? Even then Betta's need a heater, bubble rock/filter, plants, minimum of 5gal's, and food every other day. They too can get sick and need to go to the vet.
    k im not a she, im a guy. its not that i dont want to commit to it, its just that im 15 and when i end up doing something with my life i might not be able to care for it somehow like say if i move or get a job that dosnt alow me to care for it or somthing like that. i think fish are stupid pets, and theres a big difference between 5-7 years and 20-30 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by killuminati View Post
    k im not a she, im a guy. its not that i dont want to commit to it, its just that im 15 and when i end up doing something with my life i might not be able to care for it somehow like say if i move or get a job that dosnt alow me to care for it or somthing like that. i think fish are stupid pets, and theres a big difference between 5-7 years and 20-30 years.
    I wasn't being rude, I was being blunt. If you don't want to care for an animal for it's full life then simply not get that animal.

    Anoles don't live nearly as long as leos, and just aren't "holding" pets. Some people would disagree with me on that, though. I enjoy watching my anoles, but you can't handle them like a leo. Reptiles are hearty animals that can live a long time.

    You obviously shouldn't have a leo (age issue), so ask some questions in other parts of this board. There's many species to consider- Leos just aren't the one. Google comes in handy, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allee Toler View Post
    I wasn't being rude, I was being blunt. If you don't want to care for an animal for it's full life then simply not get that animal.

    Anoles don't live nearly as long as leos, and just aren't "holding" pets. Some people would disagree with me on that, though. I enjoy watching my anoles, but you can't handle them like a leo. Reptiles are hearty animals that can live a long time.

    You obviously shouldn't have a leo (age issue), so ask some questions in other parts of this board. There's many species to consider- Leos just aren't the one. Google comes in handy, too.
    I do want to care for an animals full lije i just think 20+ years is a long time. Ive already looked at anoles and my dad used to have anoles and there way to skiddish. I googled a couple care sheets and some said 6-10 years and maybe 10-20 for males (i wouldnt be getting a male anyways) and on another forum thay says 6-10 years. Ive googled already and all that i keep coming back to is the bearded dragon

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    People advertise leopard gecko's as a very good starter pet.
    Leopard gecko's can have many problems, and can be very costly. I would suggest not getting one, as if it does get ill the chances are the vet bill will be quite high, and for a 15 year old that would be tough.
    They aren't as high maintenance as dogs or cats, but if you don't get some things right with them it can go belly up so to speak.
    Don't believe everything you see on Google. I just say a video of someone dumping their newly hatches leopard gecko's in a bath of deep water to see if they would swim. Not very good.
    You have come to the right place for advice.
    They can live a while, and it can be a commitment, but thats what I love about these animals, they aren't like hamsters or gerbil's and will live quite a while depending on the right care. If you do decide to get one, let us know and we will show you how to care for it properly, because most care sheets can get it wrong.
    Also, are you wanting a pet that you can hold? Or are you not bothered?
    Are you definatley wanting something exotic?
    If you are not wanting a hands on pet, which is low maintenance, get a tarantula. I have one and she is lovely. Male Chilean rose's will live about 10 years, I have a female who will live significantly longer. But you feed them a locust or a pinky/cricket every 1-2 weeks, and they are brilliant to watch. Also Chilean rose hair are very placid tarantulas, and they are great to show off. Also if I have a large amount of money in my house and burglaries have been happening around my neighbourhood I just stick the money in the tarantula tank

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindsaydo View Post
    People advertise leopard gecko's as a very good starter pet.
    Leopard gecko's can have many problems, and can be very costly. I would suggest not getting one, as if it does get ill the chances are the vet bill will be quite high, and for a 15 year old that would be tough.
    They aren't as high maintenance as dogs or cats, but if you don't get some things right with them it can go belly up so to speak.
    Don't believe everything you see on Google. I just say a video of someone dumping their newly hatches leopard gecko's in a bath of deep water to see if they would swim. Not very good.
    You have come to the right place for advice.
    They can live a while, and it can be a commitment, but thats what I love about these animals, they aren't like hamsters or gerbil's and will live quite a while depending on the right care. If you do decide to get one, let us know and we will show you how to care for it properly, because most care sheets can get it wrong.
    Also, are you wanting a pet that you can hold? Or are you not bothered?
    Are you definatley wanting something exotic?
    If you are not wanting a hands on pet, which is low maintenance, get a tarantula. I have one and she is lovely. Male Chilean rose's will live about 10 years, I have a female who will live significantly longer. But you feed them a locust or a pinky/cricket every 1-2 weeks, and they are brilliant to watch. Also Chilean rose hair are very placid tarantulas, and they are great to show off. Also if I have a large amount of money in my house and burglaries have been happening around my neighbourhood I just stick the money in the tarantula tank
    Money isnt an issue in case I have to take it to a vet. I am wanting a pet that I an hold. I love exotic pets but there is no way I would ever get a tarantula or even touch one. Even little spiders scare me lol
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