5 Great Beginner Pet Lizards - Reptiles Magazine

anoles, and skinks are common types of lizards that can make good pets.
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There are a number of good lizards that make excellent pets for beginners, and many more for those that become advanced keepers. No matter what your skill level however, there are a few primary factors to consider when selecting any pet lizard. In all cases, captive bred lizards are better choices than wild caught specimens. Wild caught lizards tend to be more stressed, are more difficult to tame, and may have parasites or diseases.
Lizards can make great display animals and depending on the species, can be regularly handled
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As we have discussed, there are a lot of lizard species in the world, and many of them have found their way into the pet trade. But not all types of lizards make good pets, and some can be especially challenging for beginners. So I've listed three types of pet lizards that are both entertaining and manageable for the amateur lizard keeper. Best Pet Reptiles For Children - Reptiles Magazine
Photo provided by FlickrThe good news is not all reptiles are very demanding pets
Photo provided by FlickrThis is one huge reason why some make great pets for children
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I hope you've enjoyed this list of types of lizards that make good pets, and I hope it helps you choose the type of pet lizard that's right for you. Remember, this article is just a jumping-off point for your further research. Once you decide on a type of lizard to keep as a pet, you should do all of the research you can ... until you're practically an expert on the care and keeping of that particular lizard species. Your little lizard friend deserves it!Too many people fall into the trap of buying baby reptiles for their kids, only to realize too late that the animal gets large and requires a living area that they are not able to provide. Plus, large reptiles are not easy or even safe for kids to handle. This is one of many reasons why iguanas are not suitable for kids. Other reptiles that get large include many of the monitor lizards, some of the pythons like Burmese and reticulated pythons, and many tortoises. Likewise, reptiles that are too small will be too delicate and too easily hurt or dropped when handled by most kids. Green and brown anoles, for example are too small to make good pets for most kids.As with lizards, there are certain types of snakes that do make good pets for children -- or even adults, for that matter. We can sum this up with two words: venomous and gigantic. For obvious reasons, you should avoid letting your children keep venomous snakes as pets, as well as such as Burmese pythons. These snakes are simply inappropriate as a pet choice for kids, and you are surely intelligent enough to see why. So there's no reason to dwell on this point! Lizards are fascinating and beautiful pets. With so many species to choose from, it should be easy to find a lizard that will make a good pet for anyone's needs. There are just a few types of lizards that make good pets for kids. Of those, leopard geckos and bearded dragons are probably the best. Be aware that most diurnal lizards (i.e. those that are active during the daytime) require access to UVB lighting, in the same way that iguanas do. So, in general, lizards have more complicated lighting requirements than snakes.Water Monitors are huge lizards. That is saying a lot in the monitor family that boasts of some large members. They are one of the largest species you can keep as pets. They often reach lengths of 7 to 8 feet and can weigh as much as 70 pounds. No doubt they are massive. For those who have done enough research and have the space, Water Monitors make surprisingly good pets. They are wonderfully intelligent, curious and interact very well with their keepers. They tame quite easily. For reptiles of this size, they are, astonishingly gentle and timid creatures. You can consider keeping the creatures as pets, if you can afford the money, time and space