Lizard Deck

 

Leopard Gecko

The leopard gecko, is probably the most popular pet reptile in captivity today. These small lizards are available in a variety of pleasing colors and patterns. Their care requirements are very simple and they are generally docile and easily tamed. Because they are nocturnal, they have no special lighting requirements which are common for other lizards. Babies must be fed daily but adults can be fed every other day and left alone for a few days at a time without issue. These hardy, long-lived little lizards make an ideal first reptilian pet.

Lifespan: 15-20+ years     Size: 7-10 inches     Minimum Cage size as adults: 20 gallon tank or equivalent Special Care Requirements: Controlled heating     Pros: Inexpensive, easy to find, no special lighting requirements, non-threatening look, small and space-efficient     Cons: Insectivorous, need a constant supply of crickets, wax worms, and meal worms in the home.

 

 

Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragons, or “beardies” as they are affectionately known, are a great first pet lizard. Their docile demeanor, relatively small size, and straightforward care requirements have earned them a high rank on our best pet list. Bearded dragons are active during the day and make great display animals. Their trusting, laid back nature allows for easy handling and a great introduction to reptiles even for those who are hesitant or afraid of snakes and lizards.

Lifespan: 8-10 years     Size: 14-24 inches     Minimum Cage size as adults: 40 gallon tank or equivalent     Special Care Requirements: Daily access to special UVB lighting, controlled heating, babies are particularly delicate though adults are very hardy.     Pros: Inexpensive, easy to find, limited care requirements, endearing looks good for converting non-reptile lovers.     Cons: Omnivorous, requiring both insects and vegetation in their diet and fresh greens every day.

Bearded Dragon Deck

 

 

 

Iguana

Green iguanas are one of the most common and inexpensive reptiles available on the market today, which is a shame. These beautiful lizards are intelligent and sociable but they get big. 5-6 feet of razor sharp spikes, talons, and big teeth. Even tame iguanas can cause nasty cuts and slashes by accident and should only be handled by adults. Iguanas require caging half the size of a standard bedroom and specialized heating/lighting. The cute, small babies grow fast and planning to “upgrade someday” does not work for them. Because of the huge requirement for time and space that iguanas require, they are at the top of our “bad pet” choices.

Lifespan: 15-20+ years     Size: 5-6 feet     Minimum Cage size as adults: 6 x 6 x 6 ft bare minimum     Special Care Requirements: Controlled heating, lighting, vegetable diet     Pros: Inexpensive, easy to find     Cons: Size, aggressiveness (if not regularly handled or with breeding males), big commitment, high maintenance.

 

 

SavannahMonitor

The savannah monitor is available readily and inexpensively, with many babies $25 or less. This is truly unfortunate because they grow into large, powerful lizards capable of inflicting a nasty bite and even breaking bones with a tail whip and the low cost creates a lot of uninformed impulse buys and abandoned adult lizards. They are one of the better pet monitors but are not for the beginning keeper. Savannah monitors require huge cage spaces and experienced handling. They eat a lot and have to be cleaned up after daily, not a pleasant task. They are intelligent escape artists and can cause immense amounts of property damage. Keeping a large monitor is a huge commitment of time and resources and should not be taken lightly.

Lifespan: 10-15+ years     Size: 3-4 feet     Minimum Cage size as adults: 4 foot x 8 foot x 4 foot minimum     Special Care Requirements: Controlled heating, lighting, humidity     Pros: Inexpensive, easy to find, relatively even tempered compared to many other monitors  

Cons: Large size, messy, resource intensive.

 

 

Chameleon

Chameleons can do well in captivity but their very specific, generally unforgiving, care requirements place them on our list of lizards best kept for more advanced handlers. Chameleons available in pet stores are often wild caught and difficult to care for, carrying a variety of parasites and diseases. Captive bred animals are a must. Though chameleons are beautiful, they are best not being handled unless it is an absolutely necessary as they are easily stressed or hurt. They need very high humidity and a specially set up terrarium with natural or fake plants and ideally with an automatic misting system. Chameleons can make wonderful, fascinating pets but they require much more research, commitment and care than many other lizard species.

Lifespan: 2-5 years     Size: Variable     Minimum Cage size as adults: Variable as per species     Special Care Requirements: Controlled lighting, specific humidity requirements     Pros: Fascinating, unique     Cons: Expensive setup, easily stressed, non-handle-able

 

 

 

Lizards are pets…great ones too.

Did you know that Lizards,especially the Savannah Monitor,are becoming some of the most popular reptile pets.

    

 

First of all Savannah monitors are larger than other pet lizards and are known to be some of the more docile lizards of the well known monitor group They aren’t really active lizards, but usually tolerate handling quite well.This is especially true when it comes to kids wanting them as pet.

Savannah Monitors

Savannah monitors are native toAfricaand  need a dry hot environment for them to thrive in. They are known to spend most of their time in the wild basking in the sun and eating many varieties of small prey food such as rodents, smaller lizards, and many types of insects. They are usually carnivores and are easily prone to obesity.It is vital to keep track of the weight of your Savannah monitor.This will prevent weight gain.You should feed juveniles a few times a week,  but adult Savannah’s may only need to eat once a week.

Some quick facts to know.

1) Savannah Monitors will grow to be about 3 to 4 feet long.

2) Regular handling will make them more tame but like all monitors, if they are not a captive bred baby or handled often they become     aggressive.

3) The right housing is important…a large secure enclosure is the best to use.You need a min of 8 ft by 4ft…about twice the size of the lizard.

4) Monitors can be destructive, so some rocks and decorations are necessary.Make sure you have a large water dish there also that way he can submerge himself also. Screen sided enclosures will be shredded so glass or Plexiglas housing is best. Make sure the cage has a secure lock and a place for heat lights and can go on top. 

5) A basking temperature of 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit should be provided along with a temperature gradient down to 85 in the day and   as low as 75 at night.  UVB lighting is necessary for almost all lizards. A high percentage UVB output bulb about 8-10% should be on for a 10-12 hour cycle daily to mimic the sun. Bulbs  should be changed about 6 months even if the light doesn’t burn out, since the invisible UVB rays expire. Diseases such as metabolic bone disease will occur without  appropriate UVB rays.Feeding Savannah Monitors

6) . Savannah’s usually eat gut loaded insects such as crickets, roaches, and earthworms along with appropriately sized rodents. Calcium powder should always be dusted onto insects and young rodents that don’t have good bone density. A low fat, high quality (grain-free) canned dog or monitor food can be fed only occasionally as too much protein can lead to disease like gout.

7) When it comes to Bedding a bite sized area may get a mouth full when trying to grab their food. If your Savannah will be enjoying his dinner on his bedding, choose a bedding that won’t cause an impaction.Paper towels, felt and other easily cleaned and changed flat bedding options are best for messy Savannah’s. If you prefer a more natural look, go for small substrate like calcium sand that is semi-digestible in very small amounts, or just don’t feed your Savanah on his bedding.

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Basic Lizard Care Link

 

 

 

Lizard Facts most people don’t know….but should.

The tail of some lizards separate from the body when the lizard is grabbed. The tail that is left behind wriggles, confusing the other animal. This defense gives the lizard time to escape. Another tail will grow back, but it will be shorter and of a different color. Some lizards are legless! They look like snakes. Look closely, if you see ear openings and movable eyes, it’s really a lizard. Lizards are adaptable. They are found on every continent in the world except Antarctica. Lizards shed their skin when they outgrow it. They shed in little pieces. Lizards never stop growing. Not all species of lizard lay eggs. Lizards use their tongues as sense organs. Lizards are cold-blooded. Lizards love to bask in the sun. This makes them sitting targets. Some lizards change color in response to their moods.

 

 

      Horned Ground Iguana

Types of Iguanas you should know about.

 Most people think that ALL Iguanas look the same and are all related in that Iguana family. Well that is why we will explain some of the species of Iguanas and let you judge yourself. Just some quick facts about all Iguana. They come in varied different colors, from bright green and Blue to very dull browns and beiges. Their tails normally are half their body mass and they can live in seas and deserts.

 Marine Iguanas

 The Marine Iguana normally live in the Galapagos Island Archipelago area. They are scattered all over the islands and are normally called the Galapagos Iguana. They normally stay together and on rocky shores along the swamps also.

 Land Iguana

These are similar to the Marine Iguana because they also live in the Galapagos Islands…except on land. There are only two types of these Iguanas, the Conolophus subcristatus and the conolophus pallidus.

 Desert Iguanas

The desert Iguana is one of the most common lizards in the Mojave and Sonora deserts in the southeastern US. They can also be found in some US island gulfs.

Chuckwallas Iguana

These are actually a part of Genus Sauromalus family of species. They can be distinguished by the flat mid section and a paunch that comes from their loose skin around their necks. You can also tell them apart from other lizards from the tiny scales they have.

 Spiny-Tail Iguanas

This species is normally found in certain parts of Mexico and Central America.They range from 5-48 inches and have large spiny tails from which their name came from.