Top 10 Lizards as Pets

Here is the rundown of the top 10 most popular lizards as pets. The list provides a general description of each. The information can be used as general reference when making your choice of the types of lizards as pets.

 

1. Bearded Dragon
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The bearded dragon is considered as one of the most popular types of pet lizards for exotic animal keepers. It is appropriate for all levels of experience making these types of lizards extremely popular with both the beginners and professional animal keepers. Bearded lizards are comparatively small and can be easily housed in an average-size plastic or glass terrarium.

 

2. Uromastyx Lizard
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The uromastyx lizards are more popularly referred to as spiny-tailed reptiles and exotic animal keepers simply refer to them as “uros.” This is one type of lizard that is highly recommended as exotic pet especially for beginners. Uromastyx lizards come in different colors as there are 16 known species of this type of lizard.

 

3. Blue Tongued Skink
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This type of lizards is also considered ideal exotic pets. Blue tongued skinks are generally docile and pet owners can easily tame them. These lizards are omnivores and their diet is usually composed of 60% plants and 40% meat.

 

4. Leopard Gecko
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The leopard gecko is the perfect choice for exotic animal keepers who want a pet lizard that is smaller than the iguana. A full grown leopard gecko reaches 10 inches in length.

 

5. Green Anole
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Green anole is sometimes closely associated with the chameleon although they are not related. It is also a popular choice among exotic pet lovers. The green anole can change color from its usual green color to dark brown. It measures 9 inches in length at when fully grown.

 

6. Green Iguana
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The green iguana is both an appealing and interesting pet animal. This type of lizard require special kind of rearing, thus, it requires a minimum experience level. It can get quite large at full maturity and pet owners must be properly trained when caring this kind of lizard.

 

7. Crested Gecko
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The crested gecko was once thought to be extinct. It is now one of the most popular pet lizards nowadays. The crested gecko does not require any special care and treatment and is ideal for both the beginners and regular exotic pet lovers. A fully grown crested gecko can measure 17 inches in length.

 

8. Chameleons
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Chameleons are generally described as intriguing and exotic pets. This is the perfect pet for those who enjoy watching colorful reptiles. They are easily recognizable by their characteristic long tongues, independently moving pair of eyes and their fused foot digits.

 

9. Savannah Monitor
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Savannah monitors are generally described as large and intelligent reptiles and are easily tamed. Savannah monitor is also a highly sought after exotic pet by animal keepers. Make sure that these lizards are kept safe from dogs and cats as these two domesticated animals are known predators of savannah monitor.

 

10. Water Dragons
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Water dragons round up our list of most popular pet lizards. These are pet lizards with longer life span. They are usually colored in a combination of beige, brown and gray tones. This is the natural defense mechanism of this type of lizard against their predators.

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  • Chad

    Crested geckos only get 6-7 inches long, NOT 17 inches. There are 2 types of water dragons, Australian which are grey and brown or Chinese which are emerald green and blue, Chinese are smaller and easier to find and less expensive.