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    Default Screen VS Glass Cages for Leachianus:

    Hi All,
    I'm getting my first pair of Leachies on Saturday, and I'd like your input.

    I read in the Rhacodactylus book that screen cages work very well for Leachies. I was wondering what you guys use? What are the pro's and con's of each?

    This is for ALL types of Leachies by the way. Hopefully this thread can be helpful to future hobbyists with the same question.

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    Well I dont know about leachie care. But having screen has some good upsides.

    1. Never have to worry about water spots.
    2. Light weight compared to glass.
    3. Excellent airflow.
    4. Cheaper than glass.
    5. Cleaning is very simple. Just take outside and hose them off.

    They don't hold humidity very well but a room humidifier works perfect. I've had my garg and cresties in the 15x15x20 model for two years know and never once had trouble with them sheeding or health issues. One problem you might run into is cresteds can be pretty hard to get them to let loose if there on the screen because of there claws we'll say. But other than that I think you would be fine.
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    Go to sandfiredragonranch.com they have a dragon cage that would be the perfect size for breeding leachies. This cage is awesome and will fit you perfectly.

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    IMO for a leachie a screen cage is no good.
    They are heavy animals and you run the risk of claws getting snagged and possibly torn out.
    Also it's very difficult to clean there poo out of.
    I've also noticed that leachies eat better and are more active when kept in higher humidity than my cresteds. I keep my guys in the 70% range during the day and 100% at night. Which can be difficult to do in a screen cage.
    I personaly use 18x18x24 cages or the Vision cages size 24x14x20.

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    If you put your leachie in a screen cage, expect little to no growth. Like what was said, leachies need higher humidity than a crested but not soaking wet all the time. Depending on the age, you'd be better off with a plastic storage bin or a vision cage with some of the vents blocked. You can also do exo-terra/zoomed tanks, but the screen top should be covered to help contain the humidity

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    i had one of my leachies in a screen eclosure for a month or 2 and it grew little to nothing. its a pain in the ass to keep the humidity up. all 7 of mine are in either bins or exo terras now and have been growing like weeds. Leachies like humidity and unlesss you cover teh sides of the screen enclosure up with plastic they dont hold humidity at all. I even cover half the top of my larger exo terras with plastic to hold more humidity in.
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    I use tubs for mine. They work great. Lightweight, cheap, hold in humidity.

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    Neither in my opinion, plastic is the way to go. PVC or ABS. I keep all of mine in PVC tanks with no screens at all. I just drill holes in the backs of tanks for ventilation. If I notice that there is too much humidity I drill more, it works quite well.

    I think personally leachies do a lot better in tanks that have a solid color that you can not see through, makes them feel more secure.

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    I would never keep leachies or chahoua in a screen cage. We have kept some cresteds in screen cages when we were short on space and I hated it. There's no way to control the humidity.

    While I don't believe leachies or chewies need more humidity, leachies definitely need a smaller space and need to feel secure. They won't get that in a screen cage. Ours are either in an exo terra with 3 sides covered, or bins with 3 sides covered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiedyegecko View Post
    IMO for a leachie a screen cage is no good.
    They are heavy animals and you run the risk of claws getting snagged and possibly torn out.
    Also it's very difficult to clean there poo out of.
    I've also noticed that leachies eat better and are more active when kept in higher humidity than my cresteds. I keep my guys in the 70% range during the day and 100% at night. Which can be difficult to do in a screen cage.
    I personaly use 18x18x24 cages or the Vision cages size 24x14x20.

    I will second everything that was said here.
    I have kept one Female in a screen cage and it was the worst choice I had ever made for Her. She started losing weight, lost a couple claws from getting snagged and cleaning was horrible. She was then switched into an 18" by 18" by 24" cage and has been doing wonderfully.
    She has even just given Me what looks like two wonderfully calcified and healthy eggs.

    Humidity seems to be even more important for Leachianus then Cilliatus.
    Also due to their weight screen puts stress on their feet and claws.

    I have found acrylic to be hard for them to Climb as well, which seems to make Glass the BEST. IMO

    Edit: Opaque seems to be ideal as well. Especially for finicky eaters.

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