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Choosing a Pet Lizard

January 1, 2015

Do you find that reptiles fascinate you? If so, a lizard may be a good match for you as a pet. There are many different types of lizards to choose from, and they all have slightly different temperaments and requirements. In this article from your local vet Niagara Falls, you’ll read about some different types of lizards that make great pets for first-time reptile owners.


Geckos are an excellent choice for a new reptile owner. Leopard geckos are very popular pets. These little cuties come in a variety of colors, are quite docile, and do not require any special lighting. Crested geckos and fat tailed geckos are also good options, and have similar care requirements as the Leopard gecko.

Green Anole

The Green Anole is sometimes called the American Chameleon. They technically are not chameleons, though they do change color at times. These lizards are fairly small, so their tank won’t take up a huge chunk of your home. These little cuties make great pets!

Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons are generally quite docile and easy to handle. These guys are quite social, and can be very interesting to watch. They do need a fairly large tank and UV lighting, so initial setup costs may be higher than those for geckos. Bearded dragons also have some very specific nutritional requirements, however, so be prepared to spend some time taking care of your pet if you choose one.

Blue-Tongued Skink

The Blue-tongued skink can be very tame. These omnivorous lizards are medium-sized, growing to an average size of 20 inches. They will need a fairly large tank, which will need to be at least 40 gallons. Blue-tongued skinks also require specific UV lighting.

Before choosing to get a lizard, keep in mind that lizards can live quite a long time: in some cases, up to 20 years! Make sure you can commit to your pet for his entire lifespan. When considering a lizard, do thorough research on that specific lizard’s habits and requirements, including startup costs. Initial costs are often fairly expensive for lizards, but they are fairly easy to care for if given a proper habitat and diet.

Do you have any questions about caring for a pet lizard? We are happy to help! Please contact us, your local vet clinic Niagara Falls, for all of your pet care needs.

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