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Thinking about getting a new lizard

I had a Bearded Dragon a couple years ago but he got sick and passed away (RIP).

Anyone have any suggestions for lizards that are quite easy to take care of and that make good pets?

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It's an emperor scorpion with babies on her back.

Pretty sure they're native to your part of the world. You could have some living right under your house.

They grow to about 8" long.

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I hear Star-Burns' lizard has been put up for adoption.

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I've had a leopard gecko for about two years (my brother had it for about eight years before giving it to me). It's really easy to take care of it and I hear they can become 15-20 years old.

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Still looking for advice on a lizard, going to look at them tomorrow. Thinking of maybe getting a Bearded Dragon again, but open to other ideas.

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I had a Bearded Dragon a couple years ago but he got sick and passed away (RIP).

Anyone have any suggestions for lizards that are quite easy to take care of and that make good pets?

Discuss.
No idea about lizards, but I recommend getting a venus fly trap as a "pet"

I have one now, you just water it. Usually they don't catch a fly by themselves, but you never know....

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I've a had several dozens of lizards and snakes so I will tell you from my experience. I don't have too much experience with smaller ones, but if you are looking for a smaller sized lizard that perhaps you don't plan on handling all that often, a leopard gecko is pretty good choice. Most other geckos are never really able to be handled. Downside 1, they eat bugs and dealing with crickets is no fun, especially if they get loose, then you have chirping little critters in your home. Downside 2, they can climb glass so you really have to make sure your enclosure is sealed well. Pretty much all else I know regarding smaller lizards is that, don't get a giant Anole, they are mean, and them cool looking, color changing chameleons are tricky to care for as you really have to pay attention to humidity levels, so I hear.

If you want a large lizard and plan on keeping it for the long haul (it's harder than you think to unload a large lizard when you are 'tired' of it or something), I suggest either an Iguana, a Black and White Tegu, or a Savannah Monitor.

Iguanas are for the most part vegetarians, but they can grow VERY big. I've had them get near 6 feet. They require a ton of handling but if you do that when they are older, they are incredibly docile. Look for one that has spunk if you get a baby (as is the rule with most pets). Easy to feed, I mainly feed them collard greens, kale, bananas, and occasionally monkey/parrot chow, which makes them grow fast (not too much though, and variety is key). You will eventually need a large enclosure, such as an old jewelry display case or a closet for them, as they are mostly arboreal reptiles (since they are tree climbers, they get super sharp claws, will need to trim them).

and yes, that's what happens to males when they get large and especially under natural sunlight

Black and White Tegus are my favorite. They are so docile and chill. Still require a lot of handling but after a while they become 'dog like'. I used to let my roam around my apt and it would literally follow me around and climb on my lap (most likely looking for food, but still awesome). They are meat eaters but you can add dog food to there diet (read up on their diets if interested, a diet of all dog food is not good). They do not get big as Iguanas and are more of a burrower. This is important, MAKE SURE IT’S A BLACK AND WHITE TEGU, black and golds, and black and red tegus are just mean ********, but for whatever reason, the B&Ws are much nicer.



Savannah Monitors are somewhat similar to the Tegu in terms of care, size, and demeanor. But where as Tegus look like newts or salamanders, monitors look like dinosaurs almost. Make sure it's either a Savannah or a Bosc monitor (pretty much same thing, different name)... some of them other types like Nile or water monitors can get like 9 feet, and not all are as docile as the one I suggested.




also, if you are looking for something a little different, try a pac man frog. Super low maintenance, can be handled somewhat, but they will try to eat anything so careful putting other things in the same terrarium with it, and your fingers (doesn’t hurt when they bite, but still). I used to feed mine mice and bull frogs that I would catch in the pond behind my house. They are a frog, but they can still drown, as they get so fat the can't really swim, so damp fish pebbles or something they can burrow in works best




Read up on anything I suggested if you go that route, and check local laws, some monitors are illegal in some places still I think. If you have any questions feel free to ask here or PM me.


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Wow, this thread just got real.

Very informative, bostone!

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