Lizard 101: Things to Know Before Getting a Lizard

If you are an aspiring pet owner, it is important to know what kind of pets fit you. Cats and dogs are very common in domestic animals. But you might be asthmatic or allergic to both. Or maybe you are just not fond of furry creatures. A lizard might be the best choice for you.

Before getting one though, you have to do a bit of research. First, you must find out all you can about the different types of lizard and choose which one you want. However, in doing this, there are a number of things to consider, and here are some according to The Spruce Pets:

  • Deciding on a lizard as a pet usually means you are making a long-term commitment.
  • While a lizard may be inexpensive, the equipment needed to properly care for it may cost many times more than the lizard itself.
  • Find out how large your lizard will get as an adult. Those cute little iguanas in the pet store grow lizards that need a lot of space and a lot of care.
  • Be aware that all reptiles can carry salmonella. Read about the risks and how to minimize them.

In choosing a lizard, be sure to get a captive bred individual, regardless of its species. If you get a wild-caught lizard, they tend to be more stressed since they are not used to being held captive. They are also more prone to parasites and disease and are more difficult to tame. You also don’t want to contribute to the depleting number of wild population species.

If you are a new owner, you should start with species that are easy to care for and to handle.  The usual species include leopard geckos, bearded dragons, blue-tongued skinks, and green anoles.

Read more on these species from the full article here.

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