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    Default I guess we ate getting a garg

    After much concern over tail loss from my son wemhave determined that we will become the owners of a garg instead of a crestie. I did all my research about cresties, and I am now trying to do catch up about the differnences in care between cresties and gargoyles. We are ordering our gecko from Pangea.

    My biggest concern is light and heat requirements. We live in anchorage Alaska so it's going to be chilly and dark outside, and on occasion it gets chilly in my sons room where Ziggerastica (geckos name) will live in an 18x18x24 exo terra. I will obtain an under tank heat pad and use it when needed but think that we should be able to use lighting to manage heat requirements for the most part. His room temp is slightly cooler than the rest of the house, probably 68 degrees.

    I am a little lost on lighting requirements. Can someone tell me please:
    What type of hood light should i buy for the ex terra? What bulbs? We will test to ensure that the temperature remains under the mid80 s but do not think this will be a problem. More concerned about cold and dark!

    We know the cage is large for a young animal and I am prepared to have several bowls of food around the cage, or to spoon feed, or utilize a kritter keeper if necessary.

    Other advice welcome.
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    Gargs are simple to keep. A low watt red or blue basking spot light should do the trick. 15-25 watts will work well.

    Email Matt (owner of Pangea) before you place your order. I'm not 100% sure he ships geckos to Alaska but if he does I highly recommend him for your first gecko.

    PS I think your auto correct is messing with your typing.
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    Lol yes, the iPads autocorrect gets me all the time.

    I promise we will not eat any geckos.

    Is there a preference for blue or red for basking lamps???

    Matt says he will ship us a gecko, as we have rapid shipping. It will just cost me an arm and a leg.

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    I personally like the red bulbs better. Some people think reptiles can not see the red spectrum so its a safer bet. Blue may bother your animals as its very near to black lights and we all know how funky black lights can make things look. My .02 on it anyways.
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    Red it is then!!!

    Thank you everyone!!! I appreciate all your help and wiseass comments! :-)

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    I too vote red.
    It's all I use...

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    Congrats on choosing a garg, you will not regret it! We have one of Matt's gargs and she is a character. Oh, we use the red also and work great!

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    I would love to know how much it cost you to ship a gecko up to Alaska.

    I live 2 hours north of the canada us border above north dakota and the website quotes me $800 for any gecko shipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shore204 View Post
    I would love to know how much it cost you to ship a gecko up to Alaska.

    I live 2 hours north of the canada us border above north dakota and the website quotes me $800 for any gecko shipment.
    Matt says 60$ for shipping.

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