Tips On Lizards As Pets
Lizard care can take a lot of work and time. The first thing you need to have before bringing your lizard home is a house for him. There are many kinds of shelters you can buy, such as an aquarium or large water bowl to aboreal and terrestrial vivariums.
The biggest mistake many people make is underestimating how much room they need for housing a lizard.
A leopard gecko needs to have a living space that is 30cm x 20 cm.
An iguana, however, needs at least an enclosure that is 2m x 2m x 1.5m.
Most lizard enclosures are made of either:
with a plastic coating on the outside.
There has to be adequate ventilation. If you are using a glass aquarium, it should have some type of mesh covering so that the lizard gets plenty of air and it is easily removed for cleaning.
Sand is not a particularly good bedding, so try using bark chips, newspaper or artificial grass.
A lizard needs to have little hide-outs in his living area where he can just fit in, but be secure and out-of-sight. A hollowed out log or a couple of cardboard boxes will do the trick.
Lizard care also requires a water bowl that is large enough for your lizard to take a bath in. Lizards also need the water to keep the enclosure at a constant rate of humidity. Spraying with water and sprinklers work as well.
Lizards like the humidity to be between 80% and 100%.
Lizards are really tropical creatures so they need to have plenty of heat at all times. Many lizard enclosures come with built-in heaters or heating mats. If you have one of those, you will be able to control how much heat is coming out with a built-in thermostat. You must have some sort of screening to keep the lizard away from the heater.
Lighting for lizards is tricky because many need UV rays in order to live. Without proper lighting, some breeds will develop bone disease so severe that they won’t be able to move. The answer is to add a fluorescent strip light so that it shines on the lizard’s chosen spot for basking. Some of the smaller lizards do not need this kind of lighting, but make sure you know for sure before bringing your lizard home.
Lizard care also means handling and feeding your lizard. Every lizard can bite, so caution is needed in picking up any lizard.
With small lizards you can pick them up by placing your thumb and forefinger on each side of the head and enclosing the rest of the lizard’s body in your hand.
For large lizards, hold the front legs against the chest and the back legs against the tail. Do not ever grab a lizard by its tail.
Some lizards eat insects and small animals while others eat only plants, vegetables and fruits.
The small geckos love to eat crickets. Many lizard lovers raise insects themselves to feed to their lizards.