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 #2316751


Raven32922
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 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

I caught 3 anoles from my yard, two females and one male. I had them three weeks before Christmas and they are still doing great. I have a 3 gal tank for them and a UVB light. I mist their tank twice daily and feed them canned crickets about every 3 days. They have some plants, a basking spot, a branch ( to climb on ), and a small conch shell to hide in. I keep their tank at a tempature of 60 F and I keep the humidity at 85. They seem quite content but just can’t help but wonder if I’m being mean to them by holding the "hostage".



01/27/16  01:15pm

 #2316834


Takahiro111
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  Message To: Raven32922   In reference to Message Id: 2316751


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

If their WC release them. Why take them from the spacious outdoors to confine in a small tank. There are some cb ones check out lllreptile.com they have them cheap but make sure your setup is right first your temps are too low with high humidity can cause an ri



01/30/16  01:28am

 #2316837


Icearstorm
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  Message To: Raven32922   In reference to Message Id: 2316751


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

As long as they are doing well, it is fine to keep them. I have had wild ones the majority of the time, and found them to be quite happy in captivity. In fact, the few I have bought from Petco and PetSmart were not particularly healthy; one male has had persistant digestive issues, even when fed the same food that keeps my other green anoles healthy. They don’t have many captive-bred anoles as far as I know, and these would likely be quite expensive. As long as they are usually green or light brown with no eyespots, they are doing well. However, I would recommend that you upsize to a 10 or 20 gallon enclosure for three and raise the temperature to 70-80 degrees F.



01/30/16  06:20am

 #2316838


Ravenfeather32922
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  Message To: Icearstorm   In reference to Message Id: 2316837


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

Ok, thx



01/30/16  08:52am

 #2316841


Takahiro111
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  Message To: Ravenfeather32922   In reference to Message Id: 2316838


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

Well she could keep them but is it gonna get stuffed in a 3gal with the others and she has take the anole to a reptile vet to get a check up and meds for parasites because WC has a gutload of parasites compared to cb and that goes for any reptile and why take them out their wide open environment to stuff in a glass box.....just wrong what do you think breeders are for. And the majority of wc reptiles die from a number of things, just saying.



01/30/16  11:54am

 #2316846


AmbuBadger
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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2316841


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

Yeah, I gotta agree with Takahiro on this one. If I had a house with a yard frequented by anoles, I’d be stoked just to have the chance to go out there and feed them in the morning. I do that now with the day geckos that live by my pool. It’s kinda sad for the anoles to go from having a ton of space to chill and bask in to getting crammed into a three gallon tank. They may seem okay with it now, but once the shock of capture wears off and they start staking their claim for territory in their new setting, it will get nasty-- even amongst the females. You know how it is when you take a road trip with three of your best friends and then end up hating each other because you spent hours in a car together? It’ll be like that...



01/30/16  01:39pm

 #2316847


AmbuBadger
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  Message To: Raven32922   In reference to Message Id: 2316751


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

Actually Raven, it might be cool to just set up some decent plants in your backyard for them to claim as their own, and let them get used to you coming out there to feed them every other day or so. There’s hotels here in Hawaii where the day geckos come up to customers on the porch to lick their fruit and jam from their morning breakfast, it’s even on YouTube. You could totally have a setup like that at your place, and not worry about them getting the right amount of UVB or lacking basking space. Let them get used to your presence, and both of you will be happy. I’d hate to have you post back here asking for wound care after your babies get into a fight because they were too cramped in their tank...



01/30/16  01:44pm

 #2316848


Ravenfeather32922
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  Message To: AmbuBadger   In reference to Message Id: 2316847


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

Thx I’ll consider this



01/30/16  02:05pm

 #2316850


AmbuBadger
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  Message To: Ravenfeather32922   In reference to Message Id: 2316848


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

I hope it all works out. I don’t know about Texas, but here in Hawaii, the brown anoles have all but taken over. If I had your yard, I’d totally turn it into a green anole sanctuary where they can breed and keep the numbers up. I’d do this with my parents house, but the brown ones have totally taken that over. I live in an apartment, so a terrarium is my only choice here...



01/30/16  03:54pm

 #2316861


Ravenfeather32922
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  Message To: AmbuBadger   In reference to Message Id: 2316850


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

I don’t live in Texas, I live in Louisiana! And thx, that’s a good idea.



01/31/16  08:31am

 #2317214


Ravenfeather32922
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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2316841


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

What does WC and CB mean?



02/25/16  07:13pm

 #2317215


Takahiro111
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  Message To: Ravenfeather32922   In reference to Message Id: 2317214


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

Wild Caught(WC)- taken from the wild to either sell or keep the animal as a pet, illegal in some state/countries
Captive Born(CB)Captive Born Babies(CBB)- animal that is raised in captivity



02/25/16  07:23pm

 #2317294


Ravenfeather32922
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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2317215


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

Oh thx



03/02/16  08:05am

 #2318652


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  Message To: Ravenfeather32922   In reference to Message Id: 2317294


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

I have one wild and 2 store bought anoles... im only recently having problems with my store bought one and the other two are fine my wild anole is healthy and ive had him bought 4 months now as long as your feeding them like you should making sure theres not mites in there tanks and you dont miss a feeding (like i did) you honestly should be fine... all this cb and cw is really bull crap because the pet store get there animals from warehouses full of lizards( which they dont breed there there captured from the wild its really just a easy way for them to make a buck them selves. I hope the best for you and your anoles.



06/09/16  12:58am

 #2320605


LizardGirl06
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  Message To: ReptileAnimallover   In reference to Message Id: 2318652


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

I am 12 years old and have 3 anoles 2 femals and a male. They were all injured when I got them and I kept them. One is on my keyboard right now lol. They were all WC



04/23/17  03:05pm

 #2320747


Anole_lover07
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  Message To: Raven32922   In reference to Message Id: 2316751


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

ok,so you should get a 30 gallon tank because there needs to be ten gallons for each anole.
But if you do have any wild green anoles release them ASAP because it is illegal to keep the green anole species.If you are feeding them dead food they need live food like mealworms and livley crickets.Did they mate,because if they mated it means that there will most likley be eggs.if you need any help with that then tell me

hope this helps-Anole_lover07



06/12/17  07:54am

 #2320771


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  Message To: Raven32922   In reference to Message Id: 2316751


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

youll need a bigger tank than 3 gallons. you should get a 30 gallon tank or release them



06/16/17  06:31am

 #2320955


Izzyfizzy
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  Message To: Moosehurlock   In reference to Message Id: 2320771


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

i have one wild caught. when i first got her, she was horribly injured because my dog stepped on her. but now, she’s really healthy and she just laid eggs! she’s living by herself in a 30 gal tank. it makes me feel better to see her in a huge tank like that because she has more room and territory to herself. i feed her live crickets and meal worms and mist her tank 2-3 times a day. i don’t have a humidifier or a UVB light because her tank is on the screened porch outside. i don’t worry about humidity because i live in Florida so theres plenty of that here.

so i think that if u take really good care of them and they look happy then its ok to keep them as long as u get a bigger tank.


thanks - izzyfizzy



08/02/17  08:01am

 #2321436


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  Message To: Raven32922   In reference to Message Id: 2316751


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

I’m wondering the same thing! I could really use some advice. I live in MA. There are no wild anoles here. I bought a tropical plant and surprise ... there was an egg that hatched in my house. I saved it. I’ve had it fir about 5 weeks now. It had it first shed recently. It’s quite healthy. I read everything I could get my hands on about caring Tuc it and set her up very well! I’ve become attached to her but honestly i don’t know if I should keep her. I’m going to Florida in 2 weeks and I want to bring her there and release her. I had a scare last week that she was ill but she recovered wonderfully! She ate her very first cricket today. I was feeding her fruit flies. I was proud of her. My concern is that I have “spoiled” her for surviving in the wild. Ow. I read that anoles are born knowing everything they need to know to survive. They don’t need to be taught anything. So, I did I mess her up? Can I release her? Maybe I did her a favor because she is so strong know and will do even better in the wild. What do you guys think?



10/31/17  07:06pm

 #2321441


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  Message To: Jbrandyo   In reference to Message Id: 2321436


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

To be honest, I would just keep her. She lives in a controlled environment now, with safe food to eat and no predators. Releasing her would very likely end in her death. You said you’ve grown really attached to her, so I see no reason to release. There would be bugs full of pesticides she could eat, or cats and birds that would love an easy meal. I don’t think you ’messed her up’. It sounds like you’ve done a wonderful job raising her, so a release doesn’t make much sense. I have two fat, lazy anoles and I can’t imagine them having to find food for themselves in the wild. Think of it this way...if you bought an anole from the pet store, would you release them?



11/01/17  10:10am

 #2321443


AmbuBadger
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  Message To: Abreul   In reference to Message Id: 2321441


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

Congrats on the hatchling making it to five weeks and recovering from her illness! Is she a brown or green anole? If you want to keep her, you will need to provide two things for her at the very minimum: light and vitamins. Lights should actually be considered two things by itself, a UVB bulb and a heat lamp. The UVB bulb will allow her to metabolize the vitamins and calcium into a usable form for her body, allowing her to grow strong and healthy bones. I would suggest buying a tube style UVB bulb and housing off Amazon because it’s cheaper. The long tube bulb will give great coverage. The heat lamp can be any old 45/65/75/100 watt light bulb, the old style that burns out and makes the rattling noise when you shake it. Wattage doesn’t matter so long as it’s in a position to create a warm “basking area” in the 90’s. If you have a screen top on your tank, the bulb should be fine because she will be able to hang on the screen without burning herself (she could accidentally jump onto a hot bulb if startled!).

Vitamins come in powdered form, often called ReptoCal or ReptiVite. You can put your bugs and fruit flies in a deep Tupperware tumbler or glass cup and dust the powder on top, then shake it around to coat the food before turning your baby loose on them. Vitamins are essential for her health! Vitamin A will keep her skin and immune system strong, many cases of mouth rot and skin infections would’ve been avoided had the anole been give this in her diet. If you don’t have any powder, you can chew up some carrots into a very soft mush and place it on a toothpick, and let her eat it for vitamin A until you can pick some up. Also offer different foods, like Small Blues (a species of tiny butterfly) and daddy long-leg spiders. You can often find many bugs at night sleeping on the grass- that’s how I collect my butterflies and moths. Be sure to collect from an area that likely isn’t sprayed with insecticides. Allowing your baby to “hunt” for these things will prepare her for a life in the wild just in case you have to let her go, but she should be well and happy in captivity so long as you do your part. DO NOT LEAVE CRICKETS IN HER TANK, unless they’re in a container that she can go in & out from, but they cannot jump out of. They will attack your baby in her sleep, many people have posted here about their anoles receiving bites over night that get infected and lead to a slow, painful death.

Finally, to make her comfortable... I set my tanks on end, because anoles prefer a more vertical environment. The screen top cover gives them an additional perch to climb on, and the exercise helps make up for what they should be doing in the wild. Set your lights on a timer, you can easily buy one in any hardware or general store, so you don’t have to worry about not waking up in time or coming home late to switch the lights on or off. For water, you can set up a cool mist humidifier to run at one-hour durations three times a day, and position the vent toward a hard surface like the side of the tank, the screen top, or some leaves so the drops of water can collect there. If you’ll be gone for long, Place a glass of water above the level of the tank and connect a piece of yarn from inside the jar leading down to a plant in her tank. The water will soak the yarn and go down to a leaf or stem, where she can drink as needed. The soul in the plant will catch the rest, allowing the plant to be watered as well.

You should be able to set all of the above in a week (including the items shipped from Amazon) and have a nice setup to keep her happy before you go on your trip. I’ve set my tanks and humidifiers up and kept my babies alive for one week while in New Zealand. I fed them a few extra meals and they lived off their reserves for that week with no problems. Water and light/heat will be the biggest issues to tackle while you’re gone, and you can take care of that now if you start early enough. Good luck!



11/01/17  11:50am

 #2321836


Triston Wasmund
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  Message To: Jbrandyo   In reference to Message Id: 2321436


 I Have 3 Wild Caught Anoles, Should I Be Keeping Them?

Do you still have her? I hope you didn’t release her and I will tell you why when you respond back



01/26/18  10:00am


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