Lizards are the most popular reptiles kept as pets. Here are some things to consider as you take care of your pet lizard.
The Right Habitat
- Start by choosing the right cage for your lizard. The pet should be kept in a certain temperature range when in the cage. The enclosure should be secure enough to prevent the lizard from escaping.
- Determine your pet’s temperature needs. You can use a heat lamp to keep the enclosure at the right temperature. Put the heat lamp in one side of the enclosure and leave the other one cold.
- Add some lighting to the pet’s enclosure. Make sure the lamp is out of reach of the lizard. Always turn off the lights at night but leave it on during the day for your pet to enjoy basking.
- Make sure the enclosure has a place for your pet to hide. Small logs or rocks work perfectly for this option. Place them in the colder place in the enclosure.
Food And Water
- Change the water in the enclosure regularly. Depending on the type of lizard you choose, you can provide enough water for swimming as well as for drinking.
- Your pet lizard also needs to be misted at least once every once. Use a spray bottle for this to create enough humidity for the lizard.
- Make sure there is appropriate food for the lizard to eat. Most prefer live insects such as crickets. Don’t let the lizard go hungry. The food should not be in large chunks because the reptile might choke. You need to provide the right food for your pet depending on the type of lizard.
Caring For The Lizard
- When you first get your lizard, go to the vet to make sure the reptile is still healthy. Also, visit the vet at least once a year. You can ask the vet a few questions about how to take care of your reptile.
- Be on the lookout for health problems. for instance, if you notice weight loss, runny feces and any other changes, you need to visit the vet because it’s a sign of health issues.
- If you bring in new lizards to the enclosure make sure they are quarantined. That way, if the new pet has a disease it will not spread it to the others.
- Always clean the cage at least once a week. Check the cage regularly for any shed skin, uneaten food or poop and remove it.