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Choosing A Pet Lizard
December 1, 2022
Lizards are very beautiful and fascinating animals. While they will probably never be as popular as dogs and cats, they are gaining ground. There is a lot to be said for having a unique pet that’s pretty, quiet, and doesn’t need walks or training. However, there are some things to keep in mind when picking a lizard. A local Winchester, NV vet lists some of them below.

Size

This is definitely something to consider. A baby iguana, for instance, may be small and adorable when you bring him home, but he won’t stay that way. Those guys can grow to be 6 feet long! Not only is size relevant as far as being able to hold and handle your tiny dinosaur, it also determines how much space they’ll need. Bigger lizards, like iguanas and tegus, may require a sizable enclosure or even their own rooms!

Longevity

Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment, so it’s important to know what you’re signing on for. Leopard and Crested geckos can both live up to 20 years, while a Bearded dragon can make it to 15. Many smaller lizards, however, such as green anoles, have shorter lifespans, and may only live a few years.

Diet

One thing that often becomes a dealbreaker when it comes to owning reptiles is the fact that many of them eat live bugs. If the thought of regularly buying things like crickets or roaches turns your stomach, a reptile may not be for you.

Environmental Needs

Many reptiles need very specific conditions, particularly for heat, light, and humidity. This will require both special equipment and careful monitoring. Some lizards, such as chameleons and Chinese water dragons, need a practiced eye and/or very customized care, and are best left to those with experience. However, several cute lizards are fine for beginners. These include Bearded dragons, Leopard geckos, and Crested geckos. Ask your vet for more information.

Charisma

Although reptiles aren’t as charismatic as dogs and cats, some of them do have personalities. Others? Not so much. If you want a friendly, cuddly pet, a Bearded dragon may be a good option. If you’re more interested in a pretty lizard that’s interesting to watch, you may want a Red-eyed crocodile skink, Green basilisk. Gargoyle gecko, or Pygmy chameleon. Do you have questions or concerns about reptile care? Contact us, your Winchester, NV animal clinic, today!
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