Just like many lizards, geckos can drop their tails as a defense mechanism. That is widely known, but what is not so known is that the Crested Gecko cannot grow its tail back. For the others, the tails the regenerate do not look the same as the one they lost. It will have duller colors and markings, and it will be shorter and stubbier. It may even be malformed. One more interesting tidbit here: They store fat in their tails to get them through lean times. It holds fat, and also nutrition, so it's not just a source of energy.
In terms of diet and nutrition, the needs depend on every species. There are lizards that feed exclusively on insects, there are lizards that are vegetarians, there are lizards that eat small mammals, birds, fish and insects, while there are lizards that eat everything that will fit in its mouth. Before you get your pet lizard, make sure that you know what their diet is so that you could prepare your daily budget for their dietary needs.
Geckos are becoming more popular all the time as exotic pets. These reptiles are lizards, and there is no scarcity of them. There are nearly 1,500 species worldwide. The most popular for pets are the Crested Gecko and the Leopard Gecko, and others are becoming better known and more admired as well.
Your very first consideration should be your ability to own and raise a complicated animal for a pet. If you think you can't handle owning one, then it would be best not to, but if you are insistent, then get those that are more manageable and will not give you too much trouble.
Check for parasites regularly. Although they are parasite-free upon purchase, being bred in captivity, there is always the danger of parasite infestation once your baby dragon has been exposed to the elements, especially to the bugs, worms, and crickets he will be fed with.
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