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No thrashing at all, that's good advice. I've been kicking myself for backing myself into a corner like this ... desert tank and stuck a nice friendly beardie in it and have done with it already I get very frustrated.

Hey..plants are very cool too! I don't know whether I would choose plants or animals if I had to make the choice! Keep looking, maybe you'll find something you like that can live with the way you have it set up. )
Cindy
Searching under 'blue-belly lizard" I found a beautiful swift (know I know) with a beautiful belly (Sceloporus occidentalis). I like the idea of blue lizards Emotion: smile

Interestingly enough, in captivity, the green basilisk often is a shade of light blue.
Luke
it. I wanted to do this gorgeous piece of art, and then some lucky jungle critter would love to live here, but all the animals I had in mind at

Salamanders.
-Z
it. I wanted to do this gorgeous piece of art, ... here, but all the animals I had in mind at

Salamanders. -Z

Salamanders would be my dream choice... so beautiful and so interesting. But I'm worried about the temps. Keeping the tank cool in the summer is going to be nearly impossible. I live outside of Boston and get the worst of both worlds too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. My understanding is that a bunch of 90% days would kill salamanders.

Dawn Albright
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Salamanders would be my dream choice... so beautiful and so interesting. But I'm worried about the temps. Keeping the tank ... the summer and too cold in the winter. My understanding is that a bunch of 90% days would kill salamanders.

Ah, those good ol' MA summers. I went to college in S. Hadley, and I remember the summer heat and humidity fondly.
It can be done. I take it you have no A/C? Get salamanders that are local to your area. Maybe some nice Ambystomids. They will be more tolerant of the higher temps. Give them plenty of soil to burrow in. Keep them in the coolest room in the house in the summer. And on really hot days, put ice cubes on the screen tank top in the morning. Running a fan over the top of the tank will increase evaporation in the tank, which will have a cooling effect as well. Of course, it will also have a drying effect (duh), so make sure you water alot!

I'm guessing you have heat, because New England in the winter...well you'd be dead otherwise!
-Z
Please don't take this as a thrashing, but I fear you have taken the wrong approach. Setting up a terrarium ... what should be done. Select the animal that you wish to keep first, then match the needs of that animal.

I have plans to do the opposite. I have a 29 gallon aquarium (currently housing my honduran milksnake, that squatter!), a river insert for it, and a head full of a plans for a full viquarium with a river & waterfall.

Once I create the vivarium and stablize it I will record the temperatures and humidity I am able to generate in the enclosure.

THEN, based on that data, I will buy a bunch of frogs to live in it, and hopefully they'll be dendrobates or mantellas!!!
fr0glet