Anoles Make Fascinating Pets
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Anoles Make Fascinating Pets

Anoles make great pets and they are good for beginners. They are very popular small lizards kept as pets. The green anole is the most popular anole kept as a pet. They are not fussy eaters. Their diet consists mainly of crickets If you pull your anole's tail it will come off but will grow back in time.

Anoles are a small and easy to care for lizard that is great pets for beginners.    Anoles are one of the most popular lizards kept as pets. If they are kept happy and healthy they can live to be 8 years old.

The green anole is one of the most popular anoles kept as a pet mostly because of their availability.  Most anoles you find in pet stores have been caught from the wild and are usually stressed and prone to getting sick.  Try to find a captive bred anole if you can.  They are healthier, tamer and easier to handle.  Anoles are afraid of  being handled when they come from the wild and they will stress easily.  The anole will loose its tail for many reasons.  In time their tail will grow back.

Anoles are not expensive but everything you will need to keep one can be expensive.  You will need an aquarium that is at least 10 gallons in size.  This will accommodate 2 anoles.  You can keep one male in the same tank so you will not have fighting.

You should use peat moss and soil for the substrate in the tank.  This mixture can be covered with orchid bark and this will help maintain the humidity which should be at 70 percent.  Put plants in the tank to help with the humidity.  They will also make good hiding places for the anoles.  Put in some branches for climbing and basking.  Anoles are small but they are very active and curious and they need a lot of room.  The tank temperature should be 75 to 80 degrees during the day.  They need on basking area that is 85 to 90 degrees.  They will need a full spectrum UV light for 10 to 12 hours per day if natural sunlight is not available. Anoles are good at escaping so they will need a secure lid on their aquarium so they do not escape.  The secure lid will also help maintain the humidity at the correct level.

Anoles are not fussy eaters.  Most of them will do well on a diet of commercially bread gut loaded crickets that are available through pet stores and pet suppliers.  These are crickets which have been purposely fed with nutritious food to provide greater nutrition for your anole.  You must dust the crickets with vitamin and mineral supplement.  Adult anoles usually eat every other day and will eat about 2 crickets at a feeding.

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This is something my daughter wants, great information...voted

My husband has one we keep her in a vivarium and she is not handled. We I was a kid my sister and I both had one and we did handle them at times.

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For the past 30 years, I've had 2 or 3 of these little guys running around my house on any given day. While they are naturally a bit skittish when first born, the vast majority friendly-up quickly, allowing you to touch or even pick them up. Once confined, they lose their natural tendency to trust human interaction and may even resort to biting--which they never do when allowed to roam free. Surprisingly, these little creatures possess individual personalities to rival any other animal; some remain skittish while others are naturally curious, some down-right friendly (will come and feed from your food), while others seem to be attracted to TV or music. They are extraordinary animals that are easy to underestimate and undervalue.