Beginner's Pet Lizards

10 Pet Lizard for Beginner

Are you new to owning a pet reptile especially lizard as your first choice? Each pet lizard is very unique and in most cases, there will be special conditions to keep it. Some are kind of sociable and some are kind of shy and easily stressed when you hold it. Since lizards can live for a long time, you need to choose the one that suits your lifestyle and follow your budget.

1. Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon is among the most popular species. This is because it has a very friendly attitude and is easy to take care of all the time. This species is one of the best reptilian pets you can have. This Bearded Dragon is originally from Australia, and is famous for the way they communicate with each other.

It has folds of skin under the chin that produce a ‘beard’. The Bearded Dragon is very active during the day, and it is an omnivore that eats a variety of fruits and insects. It is only eaten a few times a week and you also need to give it extra food (calcium).

Bearded dragons are sociable animals. It loves to be held, and caressed by its owner. Many say that this pet lizard has its own personality. It can grow to 1 to 2 feet. In addition, the Bearded Dragon has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years.

2. Leopard Gecko

Leopard Gecko

The Leopard Gecko is a lizard that is very famous as a pet in herpetology circles. This species has a very attractive appearance. It has a patterned layer of dark brown spots, as the name implies.

It only eats insects and needs calcium supplements. The Leopard Gecko is very tame and it does not like to bite. Furthermore, it is very easy to care for.

Leopard Gecko also loves to talk, especially when it is hungry. If you don’t want noisy animals, this isn’t the best option for you. This reptile is not like its other species, which has sticky toes and it does not climb, so it does not require a high shelter.

This Leopard Gecko is smaller than the Bearded Dragon. It can only grow 1 foot and live for 10 years. The price doesn’t run far from a Bearded Dragon.

3. Crested Gecko

crested gecko

Crested Gecko is native to New Caledonia (an island adjacent to Australia). This gecko is famous for its “eyelashes”. These eyelashes are actually the spines that move from their eyes to their tails.

Crested Gecko like most geckos, has netted legs and loves to climb. They need a tall tank. Not only that, they also need a warm and humid environment.

Crested Geckos also like to stay up at night and they don’t need special lighting (UV), but you need to put them under light for 2 to 4 hours every day for their good.

Like the Bearded Dragon, this Crested Gecko is very affectionate and does not bite its master. They are also happy to be taken care of. These geckos are very small at only 8 inches and can live for 10 years or more.

4. Blue – Tongue Skink

Blue - Tongue Skink

Blue – Tongue Skink is famous for its bright blue tongue. It is native to Australia and its diet is more on fruit than meat even though it is omnivore. Although their diet requires fruits and vegetables, meat should also be provided especially large worms as well as rats. It is heavier than the other species but it is not as long as the others (only in 20 inches).

Blue – Tongue Skink is a calm, quiet and easy to tame animal. If they feel threatened, they are not afraid to bite your finger. So be careful when you want to hold or caress it especially your children.

Its age can last up to 20 years and a unique breed can cost thousands of dollars. Overall, you can own a cheap one even if you have no experience.


5. Green Anole

Green Anole

This lizard is very interesting to look at as it can extend the bright red dew cover under its chin and its color is very different from its bright green body color. Green Anole has a small body and a long tail, so its cage shouldn’t take up a lot of space in your home. It is the same as the others in that it requires light, temperature, and even humidity as the basis of necessity.

It is great for first time owners because of its small size and very easy to care for. Still, it needs some live plants in its terrarium to hide and lick the dew. It also likes to be alone and needs less attention. Green Anole is small 5 to 8 inches long and only lives 3 to 6 years.

6. Gold – Dust Day Gecko

Gold - Dust Day Gecko

It is very small pet about 5 to 6 inches, but they still need a 20 gallon tank decorated with logs and branches for it to hide. This is because, this gecko is very shy. This wooden branch allows him to enjoy his daily favorite activity, which is climbing. What makes a caregiver who is just starting to keep reptiles not keep this gecko is because it is prone to stress and its skin is easily torn. These geckos are only handled to a limited extent.

Gold – Dust Day Gecko is a species of gecko native to Madagascar but recently introduced to several Pacific Islands, including Hawaii. Most of them are green and this gecko gets its name from the golden spots that grow on the body.

7. Green Basilisk

Green Basilisk

Green Basilisk is known as a lizard that can run on water and earned the name “Jesus Christ Lizard”. It is commonly found in tropical rainforests in Central America. Their diet is omnivorous, eating insects, rats and green food once in a while.

This pet is very friendly with its master and can grow up to 3 feet. Its body is very small and it is also very long and very light to hold.

Green Basilisk requires higher temperature and humidity than the usual lizard with a large cage area. They don’t always adapt well but can entertain you if you’re interested in admiring from afar. Green Basilisk requires special needs and less interaction with its master. If you don’t have time but want a lizard or a gecko, this is the best option for you.

8. Chameleon


Even if you are not in the circle of herpetology, you may have known a their special ability since childhood. Among the uniqueness of their abilities are color changing body, telescopic eyes and even their slow movements. Despite being well-known as a pet, a chameleon does not always have the best time to adjust to life in a cage. Chameleon require a lot of special care to help them feel safe in captivity.

Many are interested in keeping one but the responsibility to keep it should also be emphasized. The size are varies from 1 inch to 27 inches. It can live for 2 years in captivity alone. The Chameleon originated in Africa and it quickly became extinct due to logging. It is not aggressive towards his master but it is very shy. Any handling may put pressure on Chameleon.


9. Green Iguana

Green Iguana

Iguanas are the best lizards for beginners to keep. It has a beautiful appearance and its diet is only green food. It eats fruits, vegetables and flowers. Iguanas are native to Central and South America. They can grow up to 5 or 6 feet. As its size becomes large, it needs a large place with a pool of water capable of soaking its body.

When it looks comfortable, you need to handle the iguana as much time and as gently as possible to tame it. It has sharp nails, so pabila’s heart wants to play with it.

10. Caiman Lizard

Caiman Lizard

Caiman lizards are great for first -time owners looking for unique color patterns. This species has heavy scales with a rainbow color on its body. It is also a great climber and swimmer making it very active in the vivarium. Caiman is a large size pet, it can reach a length of 2 to 5 feet. Hence, it needs a place big enough and strong to put it. Almost forgot, it also needs a pool of water for swimming.

These reptiles like hot and humid environments. Most are carnivores, eating food from swamps, such as insects, snails, crayfish and even shellfish. If you want to know, this Caiman is very smart but not aggressive. It can live for 10 years. The price for one is very expensive because of the size and the way to handle it.

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