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    How to Look After Lizards

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Lizards are very interesting pets to own and provided that they have the proper housing and lizard food, they can be very adorable and loving. Caring for lizards is not always easy but it is definitely worth it. When looking after lizards, it is important to know the specifics for your animal, there is also however, some general advice that applies to all lizards.



    Caring For Lizards


    • Arguably the most important park of caring for lizards is to give them the correct type of home. By far the best home to choose when looking after lizards is a glass aquarium that has a locking top.

    • As with all animals, lizards need water. Keep water in a shallow bowl and replace it daily. Lizards need the correct lighting to provide both warmth and artificial sunlight, the glass aquarium makes it easier to regulate the temperature.

    • When looking after lizards, the correct climate is essential to their health and survival. The correct climate depends on that lizard in question, for instance a desert lizard will need a dry and hot environment whereas a tropical lizard will need a humid tank. A hygrometer is an excellent tool to use when caring for lizards and to check the environment. Humidity is controlled by adding or removing moist plants and other objects.

    • Lizards need to climb and also to bask in the light, the tank should be filled with wood chips on the bottom and plenty of things such as branches, rocks or moss on which the lizard can climb.

    • Lizard food is obviously very important and needs to be tailored for the specific lizard. Small lizards generally eat insects; crickets are readily available and make good lizard food. Pieces of fruit and vegetable may also be of benefit to some lizards. Lizard food for larger individuals will consist of baby mice or other small animals.

    • As with any animal, it is important when caring for lizards to keep their tank clean. Any debris or lizard waste should be cleaned away daily and the entire tank should be emptied and scrubbed roughly twice a month.

    • Lizards in captivity will not wear down their claws in the same way as they would in the wild so they may need to be cut. Use a small pair of dog nail clippers and only clip away the end, where there are no blood vessels.

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