Tips for Choosing the Perfect Pet Lizard
Lizards are neat little creatures that can be found all over the world. I like to think of them as miniature dinosaurs still roaming the Earth. Lizards come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. Another great thing about lizards is they make interesting pets. If you are thinking of adopting one as a pet, it is important to keep in mind that not all types of lizards are ideal as pets. Some of more suited for life in a terrarium.
Here are some of the most common varieties of lizards that are suitable for keeping as pets.
Iguana – Iguanas are amongst the most common lizards to be kept as pets. This is because they are relatively docile and can live for long periods of time in captivity. They can grow a little large in size so you’ll want to keep that in mind. Iguanas can grow to be quite big in size out in the wild, so be prepared to deal with this if it becomes a concern.
Bearded Dragon – The bearded dragon is a popular pet. These lizards can grow to about 20 inches. They eat mostly insects like crickets, but you can also feed fruits and vegetables for supplemental nutrients to these lizards. The bearded dragon gets its name from its spiky beard which fans out when the creature is threatened.
Blue Tongued Skink – The blue tongued skink is another great lizard that is famous for its bright blue tongue. These skinks can grow up to about 20 inches in length and feeding them isn’t an issue since they love eating earthworms.
Green Anole – The green anole a lizard that is native to North America and is sometimes referred to as the American Chameleon because of its ability to change its color according to its surroundings.
Leopard Gecko – The leopard gecko is a smaller lizard that can live for up to 15 years. This is a nocturnal ground dwelling lizard with skin pigmentation similar to a leopard’s black spots on a yellow body. They eat insects, spiders and worms.