Yeah they are high maintenence. I plan on putting repti turf on the sides so she can't see her reflection, and also has something else to climb on. She will also be moved into a mesh type enclosure when she's older and bigger. Yes, I understand they are high maintenence, but I did all my research before I bought her. I've been thinking of one for a long time.
They do get bigger, yes, she's about a third grown, and they can live to be upwards of 5 years, but like any animal, that can vary.