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PET 1: As you pet your lizard, the little creature nuzzles your hand in response.
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Green anoles tolerate gentle handling, and they will usually prefer to perch upon a keeper’s hand or shoulder, rather than be tightly gripped. They are fragile lizards, and their tails will break easily, so while they do tolerate gentle interaction with their keepers, it’s best to keep handling to a minimum. Newly acquired green anoles should not be handled soon after purchase; give your new pets a week or two to adapt to their new surroundings before handling them. Children should be supervised whenever handling green anoles, and anyone who handles them (or any other reptiles) should always wash their hands with antibacterial soap afterward.
PET 3: As you scratch your lizard behind its head, it closes its eyes and huffs in delight.
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All animals, of course, have a Latin name, and the pet industry is famous for making up common names. This is one animal that didn't make that cut. The Uromastyx is actually its Latin or genus name, just like homo sapiens are people, the Uromastyx is a Uromastyx type of lizard. In their native North Africa, they're called a lot of different things, the Spiny Tail Lizard, the Dab Lizard. Country to country you'll hear different terms for these and you'll see different subspecies with different colorations and different sizes. To learn more about keeping the blue tongued skinks as a pet lizard visit
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Monitors as Pets
Monitor lizards are not for everyone. A monitor can be a fun, exciting, and tame pet, but caring for one takes a bit of work. You have to provide a suitable and often very large habitat, the correct foods, and daily attention.Nile Monitor
The Nile monitor is a hardy lizard that lives throughout Africa. As an adult in can be over five feet long. It is a black or brown color with rows of yellow spots. The Nile monitor is often available as a pet, but is a difficult lizard to tame.Although there are over 70 different species of monitor lizards, only a few are commonly found in the pet trade. The types available range from small to large and live in different habitats. Below is a list of some of the more common types found as pets. The list is not all-inclusive and other species may be available. The most commonly kept and widespread of all species of Anolis, the green anole, indigenous to the southern United States, has been popular in the pet trade since the 1950s. With a dorsal coat of lime to emerald green (very rare and gorgeous specimens are tinted blue) and possessing a vibrant, pinkish dewlap (accentuated in the males, reduced in the females), the green anole is an agile climber and acute visual hunter of spiders, grasshoppers and other insect prey. Green anoles are personable little lizards that seem to enjoy being hand-fed, and they can make great “starter” reptiles for young and beginning hobbyists. That said, they do have some specialized care requirements.Savanna Monitor
The savanna monitor is a stocky lizard from Africa where it spends most of its time on the ground or in a burrow. It often reaches a length of five feet and is usually a gray or dull yellow color. The savanna is one of the more common monitors available as a pet and can become quite tame.Activity level is important to consider for pet lizards. Learn about how active different lizards are with expert tips in this free reptile care video.

Expert: Cordell Jacques
Bio: Cordell Jacques has worked in the pet industry for more than 10 years, currently working at Huron Pet Supply in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Filmmaker: Travis Waack