Different Types of Lizards

Lizards are a diverse group of reptiles that belong to the Squamata order, which also includes snakes. There are over 5,000 species of lizards worldwide and they come in many different shapes and sizes. Some lizards can even change color or regenerate lost body parts! Lizards have long tails, four legs, and often have claws on their feet. Most lizards lay eggs but some give birth to live young. Despite their scaly exterior, lizards make great pets as they are relatively easy to care for and handle.

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The most common type of lizard kept as a pet is the gecko. Geckos come in various colors such as browns, greens, oranges, yellows and blues. They range in size from just a few inches up to 18 inches long depending on the species you choose. Geckos don’t require much space due to their small size so they make great apartment pets! They eat mainly insects such as crickets or mealworms although some larger species may eat fruits or vegetables too. Geckos do not require UVB lighting like other types of lizards because they get all the vitamin D3 from their diet instead of from exposure to sunlight.

If you’re looking for a pet that’s a bit more adventurous, you may want to try keeping a lizard such as an iguana or skink. These larger lizards require bigger enclosures and need more specialized care than smaller lizards. They also require stronger UVB lighting in order to get the necessary vitamin D3 for their health. They also need a diet consisting mainly of leafy greens, fruits and insects. Iguanas and skinks are more active and have more personality than smaller lizards so they make great companions if you have the time to devote to their care. No matter what type of lizard you choose, it’s important to understand the needs of the species and provide proper care.

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