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The video discusses the top 5 reptiles that can live in 20 gallon tanks their entire lives, including mossy leaf-tailed geckos, ribbon snakes, red-eyed tree frogs, green anoles, and rubber boas. It also mentions the specific care requirements and characteristics of each reptile.
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This section discusses the top five reptiles that can live in a 20-gallon enclosure their entire life.
Mossy leaf-tail geckos are a species with impressive camouflage and are difficult to spot during the day.
They are nocturnal and resemble a piece of moss or lichen on a log.
They are number five on the list due to their limited visibility during the day.
The speaker discusses reptiles that can live in 20-gallon tanks and mentions the dimensions of the tank.
Reptiles that are 6 to 8 inches in size can be kept in a 20-gallon tank.
The speaker mentions that there are options for larger and more elaborate tanks.
The dimensions of the tank are 30 x 12 x 16 inches.
The speaker mentions that they learned the tank dimensions through a sponsor,
The section discusses reptiles that can live in 20 gallon tanks forever.
Ribbon snakes, garter snakes, and decay's brown snakes are mentioned as reptiles that can live in 20 gallon tanks.
The speaker found a decay's brown snake in Southern Ontario and notes that they are tolerant to cooler temperatures.
The snakes are small, around 10 to 16 inches, making a 20 gallon enclosure suitable for their entire lives.
The snakes prefer leaf litter and don't climb much, so a lower enclosure is recommended.
Green anoles are easy to care for, fast-moving reptiles that require UVB lighting and are not ideal for handling.
Green anoles are fun to watch and breed easily.
They require a tall 20-gallon enclosure with UVB and a heat source.
They eat insects and can live together.
Unlike the other reptiles on the list, they need a high level of UVB lighting to avoid health issues.
Rubber boas are a suitable reptile for a 20-gallon tank due to their small size and cold tolerance.
Rubber boas are small and don't grow longer than 2 feet.
They are live bearers, so no need to worry about incubating eggs.
They are often bred in captivity, reducing the need to take them from the wild.
Rubber boas are cold tolerant and don't require a hot basking spot.
00:00it seems like at some point in your
00:01reptile keeping career you're going to
00:03have an empty 20 gallon tank laying
00:05around and you're going to want to put
00:06something in it so what could live in it
00:08its entire life today we're going over
00:10the top five best pet reptiles that can
00:13live in a 20 gallon enclosure their
00:15entire life my name's Adam this is
00:17Diamond you're watching wicked wicked
00:19reptiles stick around
00:26a special thanks to today's sponsor
00:28brilliant so first of all just because
00:30you have an empty tank doesn't mean you
00:32should go get a reptile it's not what
00:33I'm saying but I am a reptile keeper and
00:37I know how it goes and I know that
00:38likely you're going to want something in
00:40there so once you've done your research
00:42on one of these five reptiles they could
00:44live in a 20 gallon enclosure their
00:46entire life so let's just get into it
00:48let's start off with number five mossy
00:51leaf tail geckos or europlatus sakorei
00:54so these are really interesting species
00:56because the more flashy ones get all the
00:58love I really do think that the mossy
01:00leaf-tailed geckos are something special
01:02just simply because the camouflage alone
01:05is absolutely wild these things how
01:09people find them in the forest of
01:11Madagascar is beyond me well not really
01:14I know how it happens because I watched
01:16it happen it's what you're watching
01:18right here but I would never be able to
01:19find one in fact when I see them at
01:21reptile Expos set up in enclosures I
01:24can't even find them in those enclosures
01:26that's why they're number five because
01:27you're not really going to see them
01:29moving around too much unless you're
01:30looking into the enclosure at night
01:32because they are definitely a nocturnal
01:34species and during the day they look
01:36like a piece of moss or lichen on a log
01:39they're almost impossible to spot I mean
01:42like try to find one of these things if
01:43you're a predator you're looking with
01:45smell rather than with your eyes I would
01:47assume so tall enclosure and you want a
01:49bunch of logs and sticks and branches
01:51and things like that for you to have
01:53them rest on climb on hide behind
01:56planted enclosures do really well
01:58especially considering these guys really
01:59love humidity a planted enclosure makes
02:02the humidity much much easier
02:04to keep humid is that what I'm English
02:07is hard they don't like it too hot they
02:09don't like it too too humid it's pretty
02:11easy to keep these guys as pets
02:12something that if I were to get a leaf
02:15tail gecko species I'd probably get a
02:17fembriatus because they're bigger or
02:18like a Linea
02:20Linea lineadas you know what I'm trying
02:22to say here this is anyway Amasi would
02:25be probably up there too just because
02:27they're so much smaller than say a fem
02:29something like that because six to eight
02:31inches you can definitely keep these in
02:32a 20 gallon for their entire lives and
02:34if you wanted something even bigger and
02:36more elaborate you could do that too but
02:38either way I think these are awesome I'm
02:40super luckily to have found these in the
02:42wild but not something I keep in my own
02:44collection yet oh and by the way the
02:46dimensions 30 times 12 times 16 so if
02:49you add those together or multiply those
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04:33number four the K's brown snakes now I'm
04:37going to admit these are difficult to
04:38find captive bread and I do not
04:40recommend taking these out of the wild
04:41but there are more and more Keepers that
04:44are breeding these guys so decay's brown
04:46snakes are a snake from North America
04:49they get way up North into Canada these
04:52are the ones that I find when I go
04:53around I find ribbon snakes garter
04:55snakes decay's brown snakes that's what
04:57I find when I go on these walks every
04:59week and the one you see here the
05:00Annelise is holding I found at a
05:03Provincial Park here in Southern Ontario
05:05and it was just kind of sitting there on
05:07a rock now of course this was in August
05:09but I see these guys in March the end of
05:12March so they are very tolerant to
05:14cooler temperatures and at only a round
05:16foot let's say 10 to 16 inches something
05:19like that they stay small enough that a
05:2120 gallon enclosure would be perfect
05:22their entire lives now these guys are
05:24gonna love Leaf litter they're not going
05:26to be up in sticks too much so you could
05:28keep them in a lower enclosure right and
05:30by the way we're talking about 20 gallon
05:31long enclosures so 30 by 12 that's the
05:34square footprint anyway right depending
05:36on whatever height you want to do so I
05:38think that it's perfect because you're
05:40going to have an enclosure that's double
05:41the length of the snake so sure they
05:43could fit in a 10 gallon I'm not really
05:45a big fan of cramping them into a 10
05:48gallon but either way I think because
05:50these guys are slug eaters they eat
05:52insects maybe small amphibians small
05:54fish they're not the easiest thing in
05:56the world to keep but if we're talking
05:58about snakes that fit into 20 gallon
06:00enclosures that aren't in this video
06:03right here because I've already done
06:04this is part four by the way 20 gallon
06:06enclosures so of course you can have you
06:08know Kenyan sand boas in there or
06:10whatever else but I just think that a
06:11more unique snake like a decay's brown
06:13snake might be a great option for you if
06:16you're looking for something that's
06:17maybe not everybody else has but is
06:19really easy to keep as long as you can
06:21get the food right number three
06:24red-eyed tree frogs okay so I always
06:26ruin the list with amphibian this is no
06:28different I love red eye tree frogs in
06:30fact I'm looking at a bunch of them
06:32right now and their call is interesting
06:35too so most reptiles don't really make
06:37too much of a sound unless the giant
06:39monkey tail skinks that are just
06:41absolutely wild making crazy noise in
06:42the background but in terms of with
06:44their mouth vocalizations most reptiles
06:46don't now obviously an amphibian is
06:49different and most frogs do call but
06:51their call isn't annoying it's just it's
06:54kind of like a short chirp burst I like
06:56it it's not annoying it's not
06:58distracting it doesn't keep me up at
06:59night meanwhile the whites tree frogs
07:01which were in the last 20 gallon video
07:02are what they sound like Bulldogs on
07:05repeat so if you want a quieter frog
07:07that is say media like a medium-sized
07:09Reed frog because they're not even
07:10technically a tree frog they're
07:12technically a read frog what the
07:13difference is I have no idea but I've
07:15got a really good editor who will
07:16probably put it right here thanks Matt
07:18but it doesn't matter neither here nor
07:19there you can keep these in a 20 gallon
07:21enclosure vertical again so you get a
07:23convert version kit or get a front
07:25opening enclosure of equivalent size and
07:27they can live there their entire life
07:28you could probably even have two of them
07:29in a 20 gallon enclosure now personally
07:32what I like to do with red eye tree
07:33frogs is get bigger enclosures and put a
07:35bunch of them together because you can
07:37definitely have these in a situation
07:39where they're cohabbed but do your
07:41research on how to do that first and
07:43there's a care guide right here if you
07:44want to watch it nocturnal not too big
07:46not too loud they eat insects really
07:48easy to care for red eye tree frogs are
07:51awesome number two green anoles now this
07:54is a species that if you asked me when I
07:56was 10 what's the first reptile You're
07:57Gonna Keep I would have told you it was
07:59a green anole because that's what
08:00everybody had back then now I'm 32 and
08:03never had a green anole ever I just it's
08:06not something that I'm personally
08:07interested in although if I had a 20
08:09gallon enclosure tall and I really
08:11wanted something that was display only
08:13and I had UVB and a heat source and the
08:15whole thing sure I would probably keep
08:17one but it's just not my jam but I think
08:20that they're really fun if you like to
08:22watch animals run around and be crazy
08:24easy super fast eat insects breed with
08:26each other really well but you don't
08:28really want to handle it because green
08:29and Knowles to me are not the best
08:31handling animal so that's not to say
08:33they're not good pets they are just I
08:35like things that I can handle unless
08:36they're frogs this doesn't make any
08:38sense I don't know why I think this way
08:39now unlike the other three things on the
08:41list so far these do need a high level
08:43of UVB I'm not saying that you shouldn't
08:46give UVB to the other ones I'm just
08:47saying these ones will die a slow
08:49terrible death if they don't have UVB
08:51exposure so one extra thing and the
08:54problem with 20 gallon enclosure is that
08:56are taller rather than long is they
08:58don't really have a ton of space up top
09:00so you're likely going to have to use a
09:02linear bulb so that you still have room
09:04for a basking spot so I would recommend
09:07something bigger just for Logistics but
09:09they can definitely live together
09:10cohabbed in a 20 gallon if you want
09:13again any co-habing do your research on
09:15how to do this is not a care dad but
09:17they are diurnal which is different than
09:19the other things that we've talked about
09:20on the list so far decays are diurnal
09:22too but in terms of lizards they're
09:24diurnal which means they're out during
09:25the day and they're going to be hop
09:26skipping and jumping around if I had a
09:28display only tank that was maybe you
09:30could actually keep them with red eye
09:31tree frogs or green tree frogs or grass
09:34tail lizards and things like that if I
09:36had like a cohab of multiple species
09:38maybe I would keep them like that but I
09:41don't know just not really my jam but
09:43really cool if you like watching things
09:45bounce around that leaves number one
09:47one of my favorite snakes in the entire
09:50world rubber boas I love rubber boas
09:53there's two boa species in the entirety
09:55of North America there's Rosy Boas which
09:58are too big for 20 gallons in my opinion
09:59because they can get longer than the
10:01tank is you know and also there's rubber
10:03bows which don't these things don't
10:05really top out over two feet ever
10:07they're tiny they're small they will eat
10:10rodents though which I do love which is
10:12why they're above decay's brown snakes
10:13they're live bearers so there's no eggs
10:15and they are often bred in captivity so
10:18you don't have to worry about Diamond I
10:20love you too but can we just chill for a
10:22sec please so you don't have to worry
10:23about incubating eggs you don't have to
10:25worry about them probably being wild
10:27caught generally they are captive bred
10:29if you're gonna find them from most
10:31breeders so I think that's awesome too
10:32because I'm not really a big proponent
10:34of taking things out of the wild there
10:35is a time and a place of course but for
10:3799 of people buy captive bread it's
10:40better what I like too is they're very
10:42cold tolerant or cool temperature
10:44tolerant so you don't need a hot basking
10:46spot ambient humidity is basically
10:49perfect for them you're going to find
10:50these guys in places like British
10:52Columbia Canada okay there is literally
10:54pictures of these guys basking right
10:56beside snow now again don't just
10:59willy-nilly go throw snow in the
11:02enclosure of your rubber boa that's not
11:04what I'm saying at all the thing is too
11:06what I recommend is making sure it's a
11:08very tight fitting lid they are Escape
11:10artists they're very tiny and it was
11:12something that you might not know about
11:13rubber Buzz is when they're babies they
11:15likely will not eat for the first year
11:16and then they go through a brumation and
11:18then they eat when they come out of
11:19burmation so very slow Growers difficult
11:22to get to eat but once you've got them
11:24eating amazing amazing reptiles and very
11:28unlikely to bite you just like the
11:30decay's brown snake by the way the
11:31decays will musk all over you right but
11:34a decays is not going to bite you and
11:36generally a rubber boat isn't going to
11:38bite you either and that's something I
11:40think is amazing especially for newer
11:41Keepers and they're terrestrial so you
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FAQs about This YouTube Video

1. What are the top 5 reptiles that can live in 20 gallon tanks their entire lives?

The top 5 reptiles that can live in 20 gallon tanks their entire lives are mossy leaf-tailed geckos, ribbon snakes, red-eyed tree frogs, green anoles, and rubber boas.

2. What are the specific care requirements for mossy leaf-tailed geckos?

Mossy leaf-tailed geckos require a well-planted terrarium and high humidity levels. They are arboreal and need plenty of branches and foliage for climbing and hiding.

3. What are the characteristics of ribbon snakes?

Ribbon snakes are non-venomous, active, and diurnal. They are excellent swimmers and require an aquatic habitat with plenty of swimming space.

4. How to take care of red-eyed tree frogs in a 20 gallon tank?

Red-eyed tree frogs require a tall terrarium with live plants, high humidity, and a water dish. They are arboreal and need ample climbing space and misting.

5. What is the feeding schedule for green anoles in a 20 gallon tank?

Green anoles should be fed live insects such as crickets and mealworms daily. They also require UVB lighting and a basking spot for thermoregulation.

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