Exotic lizards are among some of the most interesting and beautiful animals that are currently available to keep as pets in the US. Many can be easily kept by beginner reptile owners, as well as more experienced herpetoculturists. However, before you decide which exotic lizard to bring home, you’ll need to do your research. Keep reading to discover some basic facts about lizards and take the time to carefully consider if you’re able to provide the right level of care for these amazing animals before checking out the exotic lizards for sale at one of our upcoming events.
Careful Considerations Before Adopting a Pet Lizard
As with any other pet that you adopt, you’ll need to ask whether you and your family members are ready to take on the responsibility of caring for an exotic lizard. Some key points to remember when looking for a pet lizard include:
- Are you ready to make a long-term commitment to care for your pet lizard? On average, many lizard species live for about 10 years. However, others have been known to live for 20 years or more in captivity.
- Typically, the fees associated with purchasing or adopting a lizard are quite low. But creating a proper habitat for your new pet can be costly. Lizards can grow to be much larger than the sweet little adolescent pet that you bring home and often require more room as they get older. Luckily, with proper education, you can create a welcoming and comfortable home habitat for your new pet.
- While many exotic lizardscan live happily in homes with small children, owners must remember always to wash hands after handling your exotic pet.
Choosing a Lizard
Now that you understand some of the basics regarding caring for exotic lizards, you can decide which breed you want to bring home. Just remember that it’s always best to purchase a captive-bred lizard from a reputable breeder whenever possible. Removing exotic animals from the wild can be dangerous for you and the lizard. These animals tend to be more stressed, prone to disease, and have a difficult time adjusting to captivity.
Which Type of Lizard Should I Get?
If you don’t have much experience caring for reptiles or you simply want a more low-maintenance pet, the following breeds are ideal for beginners:
- Leopard Geckos— The perfect starter lizard, they are small easy to handle and don’t require special UVB lighting.
- Bearded Dragons— These lizards are considered to be very docile and don’t mind being handled. However, they can grow to be large and require full-spectrum UV lighting.
- Green Anoles— While small and easy to care for, these small lizards can be hard to come by. But they are happy in a smaller tank and are great starter pets.
Medium to Advanced Breeds
- Chameleons— Possibly the most popular lizard, chameleons are known for their changing skin color. They also require more advanced care and a large habitat that is full of foliage, non-toxic plants and full-spectrum UV lighting.
Crested Geckos — Another popular lizard breed, the Crested gecko can be found readily available in many pet stores. Crested Geckos make great pets and live for up to 20 years with minimal care.