Best Pet Reptiles For Children - Reptiles Magazine

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Don’t let this ‘best pet lizards’ list limit you on what you can or should get, because there are many more lizards out there that make great pets as well. This is just a list of the most popular pet lizards that are held in captivity today. Feel free to add a comment on which lizard you think makes a great pet for the beginner or the advanced keeper of lizards.
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An assortment of small, arboreal lizard species thrive in rainforest terrariums. Central American anoles (Anolis sp.), tokay geckos (Gekko gecko), flying geckos (Ptychozoon kuhlii) and crested geckos (Correlophus ciliatus) are some of the more popular choices for rainforest terrariums. Of these, crested geckos are among the easiest pet lizards to maintain and the best choice for beginners. Crested geckos don’t require expensive lighting systems and are comfortable at relatively low temperatures. Temperatures in the high 70s Fahrenheit are perfect. Additionally, crested geckos can subsist entirely on commercially produced food, somewhat similar to baby food; which makes feeding the lizards much easier for the average hobbyist. These lizards inhabit the tropical island of New Caledonia. They were thought to be extinct until the 1990s. In the terrarium, they will appreciate and use as much height as is provided to them, and they will utilize included plants as hiding spots and egg deposition sites. Of these, crested geckos are among the easiest pet lizards to maintain and the best choice for beginners
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Leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius) make for great beginner pet lizards for hobbyists of all ages. Crepuscular in nature, they are the most active during twilight around dusk and dawn. Due to their gentle and docile temperament, leopard geckos are one of the best reptile pets for handling. They are usually skittish when they are young, but they become much more docile and calm as they get older.Many people ask us what the best pet reptiles are for beginners and we generally recommend animals that are simple to care for, non-aggressive, and visually appealing. Lizards, snakes, turtles, and tortoises can make very rewarding pets, even though they’re not furry or cuddly like a typical cat or dog. They’re also surprisingly intelligent.Leopard geckos being docile in nature, easy to care for, easy to keep clean, and easy to handle are all reasons why leopard geckos are the best beginner pet lizards.Yes, snakes. Since this is the Green Iguana Society web site, you were probably thinking more about lizards, but in many respects, certain types of snakes can make better pets for kids and beginning herp enthusiasts. Generally, snakes require less room than lizards and other types of reptiles. They don't require quite so much care - fresh water several times a week, a feeding and bedding change once a week, constant monitoring of temperatures and humidity in their environments, and that's about it. Before anyone interprets that as "snakes are easy-care pets", they're not. No animal is truly easy care. All have their own specific needs and possible problems that owners must be educated about and ready to deal with. But, compared to lizards and turtles/tortoises, snakes tend to be easier - especially for kids. Some snakes, like those discussed below, tolerate handling well and are docile and even-tempered. One thing to note about snakes - they're great escape artists. If you plan to get a snake, be sure to get an enclosure with a locking lid. Enclosures designed especially for snakes, with sliding top or side doors, such as those sold by , are best. Snakes can squeeze through tiny openings, and a top that isn't on right or isn't quite latched tightly enough is all they need to escape.