:lol: a beautiful face you might not want to see next to yours on the pillow?
Indeed true on both counts - beautiful, but not on my pillow. But when I got married all herps were banished from the bedroom anyway...and I get to wake up with a beautiful face next to mine every morning. Hooray for me.
One other beef I have with the Exos is, the screens rust when you mist through them. Lame. And of course for anyone keeping hots in them, since they're made of thin glass I'd suggest having them restrained so they don't walk off your shelving in the event of an earthquake. All in all though, I think they're pretty good value for the money, and they can keep a snake in. With their little "click" latch it could be a little harder to forget to shut the cage all the way...which is how most "escapes" happen. Mostly, snakes don't escape, we just don't shut their door properly, and they - naturally - come on out...
Living in SF must be nice in some ways (I'd gladly swap with you!). I did a dozen years on the coast north (way north) of there - I always appreciated how I could get a nice night drop in temps, and hibernating was easy too, and there was NO WAY a power outage would end up with a cooked herp room. Not like say San Diego, Phoenix, Florida, etc..."herpers' paradises" but not always so much for keepers. So - maybe if you plan to stay there you could focus on "montane" or high-latitude stuff, and steer away from lowland low-latitude stuff? Just a thought. (I'd lump coastal-Mediterranean-climate stuff in with montanes - they don't want to be very warm either.)
Space in the city is of course either very, very dear, or literally priceless (can't be had for any amount) so I don't know your opportunities for outdoor keeping. But I would think an overhead radiant heat device (CHE or RHP) could give you the heat bump you might need. If the enclosure could be made secure I bet Canaries endemics would love
some of the SF microclimates (there are many). Especially with a little heat-bump basking spot. You could probably security-test an outdoor cage with same local Elgaria
...it would be a real heart-breaker to lose those Gallotia