Ten Things You Should Know About Pet Lizards

Ten Things You Should Know About Pet Lizards - Long Island Pet Pages Ten Things You Should Know About Pet Lizards - Long Island Pet Pages

BONUS TIP 1) A fourth excellent starter lizard is the leopard gecko, a delicate and very popular nocturnal species that has been bred into many colour morphs (it’s something like the lizard keeper’s equivalent of the guppy!). Unlike the other starter species I mentioned, leopard geckos are smaller (to about 6 inches), have soft, delicate skin, and have tails that are easily broken. Yes, they grow back, but only as stiff rods that never look as good as the original. They also require more gentle handling than the larger starter species. They do not need UV light, but they still need a warm terrarium (70 – 78 degrees at night, 78 -95 degrees by day), sandy soil, and places they can hide. Feed them live insects, especially crickets, young roaches, and wax worms.

BONUS TIP 2) Do not use heat rocks to keep diurnal lizards warm! The lizards are, frankly, not “wired” to know that their bellies are actually cooking, and they may stay on the rock until badly injured or dead! Leopard geckos, however, will be fine with a heat rock or two.

Other things that you should know include washing your hands well after handling your lizards, do not tease or annoy the animals, and be sure to keep the terrarium clean.
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Author: Dr. Robert Sprackland
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The second edition of Dr Sprackland’s classic book, “Giant Lizards,” is scheduled to be released in October 2008. It not only covers the world’s largest lizards, but includes chapters about lizard care and biology that are useful to all reptile keepers. Look for “Giant Lizards, 2nd Edition” published by TFH, Inc., at your favourite pet shop or book seller’s. The author is a professional biologist who teaches human anatomy and physiology. His blogs present a view of human nature as might be observed by a visitor from another world… The second edition of Dr Sprackland’s classic book, “Giant Lizards,” is scheduled to be released in October 2008. It not only covers the world’s largest lizards, but includes chapters about lizard care and biology that are useful to all reptile keepers. Look for “Giant Lizards, 2nd Edition” published by TFH, Inc., at your favourite pet shop or book seller’s.

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