Have you been thinking about adopting a lizard? These little dinosaurs can make very cute and fun pets! Below, a Thorold, ON veterinarian lists some adorable lizards that can make wonderful pets.
Bearded dragons, or beardies, can make wonderful pets. They don’t get very large, and are really fun to watch. These scaled cuties do need special lighting and heating equipment, however. As far as diet, beardies eat insects and fresh produce.
Iguanas can be lots of fun, but they need a lot of TLC. One thing to keep in mind before adopting an iguana is size: adult iguanas can be over six feet long! You’ll need to provide your pet with a large enclosure, or even an entire room. Iggy will also need fresh fruits and veggies daily, as well as frequent baths.
Veiled chameleons are quite adorable, and can make great pets, and often seem to enjoy being held. These cute reptiles do need quite a bit of care: they have specific light, heat, and humidity requirements. Veiled chameleons eat live bugs, which must be dusted with nutritional powder first.
Leopard geckos are very popular, and with good reason. They’re quite tame, super cute, and easy to care for. These adorable dinosaurs don’t get very large, so you won’t need to dedicate your extra bedroom to your pet’s care. Another great thing about these little guys is that they don’t need special lighting. Leopard geckos do eat bugs, though, so if you have a weak stomach, they may not be the best choice for you.
Adopting a lizard is a lifelong commitment, so think carefully before making a final decision. It’s also important to do plenty of research: every type of lizard is different, and they all have specific needs. Some, like iguanas, grow very large, while others stay little. And, while some of our scaled pals eat fruits and veggies, others prefer live bugs. Your lizard will require a clean, comfy habitat, and must be handled regularly to stay tame and friendly. When adopting reptiles, please choose your pets responsibly. Many endangered species are being sold as pets, which puts fragile wildlife populations at even greater risk. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Do you have questions about caring for a lizard? We can help! Contact us, your Thorold, ON animal hospital, today!