Reptiles aren’t usually what comes to mind first when thinking about bringing home a new pet, but any professional animal hospital would tell you that lizards make great companions! The key is choosing the right critter for your family.
Bearded dragons make fun pets, and they’re often recommended by professionals as their first choice because they are the one lizard that offers a relationship most similar to the one you might develop with a cat or a dog.
Unlike some of the other reptiles that can be adopted, bearded dragons actually learn to enjoy being handled. Many even become affectionate with their owner.
The one challenge with bearded dragons is the fact that they require special heated lighting. Getting your pet’s cage figured out is essential to ensuring he’s happy and healthy.
Like bearded dragons, blue-tongued skinks tolerate handling well, but they don’t necessarily show affection. However, they are highly intelligent and they live a lot longer than other lizards. This animal can live up to 30 years in captivity.
Blue-tongued skinks have something else in common with bearded dragons. They require an enclosure that is heated properly. This animal also requires a fairly large cage.
The crested gecko isn’t as friendly as the bearded dragon or blue-tongued skink, but their appearance makes them a fun choice for a pet.
What’s even better is that this lizard is fairly easy to care for. Unlike the other animals on this list, the crested gecko can handle temperature fluctuations, so you likely won’t need a heated lamp. Instead, you just have to make sure that the humidity levels are at least at 50 percent.
If handling your pet isn’t a priority, but you’re still looking for a fascinating lizard, choose the green anole. Because they move fast, it’s not a good idea to hold this animal, but because they can change colors, they make fun pets.
Like the other critters on our list, anoles depend on the right cage environment. Temperatures must range from 77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, but can drop to 65 degrees in the evening. These critters also require UVB light.
There are other lizards, like iguanas and geckos that make great pets too! For help choosing the right animal for your family, visit with your local animal hospital.