These reptiles, just like every other animal in the planet, do get sick as well. Unlike other animals though, lizards won't show you their sick until it's too late. They either don't feel that they are sick or they are so good at pretending to be healthy. So be cautious of your pet lizards health and lifestyle in order to avoid severe illnesses that could cause its death.
So your child has come to you wanting to get a lizard for a pet, but you don't know anything about them. Hopefully I can get some lizard facts straight for you. Keep in mind two things when deciding which lizard is best for your family:
Temperament - a child is going to want to take the lizard out of the tank and play with it. He/she isn't going to be able to sit and watch it in it's tank all of the time. For this reason you need a lizard that is docile, and not skittish. Bearded dragons are a very popular choice for kids because they're rather calm, and they can handle being out of their tank for short periods of time. Your child must be taught to treat the animal with respect because a bearded dragon will defend itself if it feels it is in danger.
One lizard that makes a good pet is the bearded dragon lizard. This is medium sized lizard, which is timid and social. You can easily tame them and after that it will love to be handled. You can keep the bearded dragon lizard in a terrarium. The only problem is meeting its nutritional demands and environment needs as they are natives of Australia. However, if you are ready to invest some time and effort, you can overcome these problems. A bearded dragon lizard is omnivorous and loves to eats vegetables and small animals and insects. However, 80 percent of the lizard's diet is composed of insects, while 20 percent is of plants and vegetables. You can feed the lizard mice, crickets, wax worms, earthworms and even cockroaches. When it comes to plant, do not hesitate from feeding the lizard broccoli, zucchini, kale, collard beans, Swiss chards, parsley, alfalfa, clover, apples, grapes, papaya and melons.
Another lizard that makes a wonderful pet is the horned lizard. This lizard can live happily in captivity as long as it has the necessary space to move around and its food is taken care of. You can feed your horned lizard harvester ants. It needs around 100 ants a day. Apart from this, you can even feed the lizard grasshoppers, spiders and beetles.
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