Caring for Your Pet Lizard
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Caring for Your Pet Lizard

Lizards can make great pets for some people. They come in many different sizes. There are some that will stay small and some that will get very large. The green iguana is very popular but they can become very large when grown and will need very large homes. Many people get a lizard and it gets to big and they get rid of it.

Lizards come in many colors and range in size from a few inches to over 10 feet in length.  Some will dash around and some will burrow, some will climb and some will walk on water.

Many lizards will make excellent pets but before you bring a 4 inch, baby lizard home be sure to check and find out how big he will get when he is an adult.  Lizards are usually fairly active and their home needs to be as big as possible in order to allow them to behave as naturally as possible.

What type of tank you get will depend on what type of lizard you get.  If the lizard lives on the ground or a burrowing type, the amount of floor space is more important than the height.  Tree dwellers will need a taller home.  Ground lizards will need a floor covering of compost or sterilized bark chips.  Dessert burrowers like sand to burrow in.  Make sure you provide a suitable water bowl for your lizards no matter what kind they are as this is very important.

Most types of lizards that are kept as pets will need additional heat in their home. In addition, you can provide this with heat pads, ceramic heaters and hot rocks.

Most lizards sold as pets will also need regular exposure to ultra violet light to keep them in good health.  There is a good variety of specially designed UV lighting tubes and equipment available at pet stores.  Remember the tubes will not last forever and must be changed from time to time.  Some types will drop to around a quarter of their efficiency in about a year.  Be sure to go by the manufactures recommendation on when to replace them, as this is very important.

Most lizards are meat eaters but there are some that are vegetarians like the Green Iguana and they like to have an occasional insect.  They like mealworms, crickets and locusts, which you can buy as live food at most pet stores.  Your pet lizard also like wild caught food such as earthworms, slugs, garden insects and woodlice.  Avoid catching bugs that have been exposed to insecticides, as they will be harmful to your lizard.  You should dust your lizard’s food with a mineral and vitamin supplement before feeding.

Some lizards can be handled and they will actually like it and there are some that do not like be handled.  Handling lizards that are large or small is a skill that has to be learned.  Choose your lizard wisely and keep him healthy and happy and he will make you a good pet for many years.

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