Common Lizard Misconceptions

Many of today’s reptile keepers are extremely well informed consumers who’ve done their research online about the pet lizard they’re about to acquire. There are also a number of popular shows that focus on reptiles and amphibians from around the world that help broaden the ordinary person’s understanding of those exotic and rare animals.

One of the most common misconceptions that seems to be held by most newbie reptile enthusiasts is that all big lizards are Komodo Dragons. The simple fact is that only zoos can home, display and strain Komodo Dragons and each one is the property of the Indonesian Government which strictly prohibits the access to these rare creatures. They are located on five Islands in Indonesia where they are a huge draw for tourists and bring in a huge portion of the regional peoples income. Though a close relative of the Komodo Lizard that gets very large in size is the Indonesian Water Monitor, these animals can be sold and aren’t protected so that they are normally the origin of the misconception.

Another misconception about lizards for sale in captivity relies on the Caiman Lizards of Central America. These brightly colored cousins of the Tegu Lizard have a broad plated body that is very close in appearance to their namesake the South American Caiman. They develop into a manageable adult size of four feet in length and are normally located on or near tree branches across dangling rivers in Paraguay, Peru and Colombia. Even though they have very sharp teeth that they use to capture and crush their prey composed of snails, fish and invertebrates, Caiman Lizards in captivity are calm and easy to handle. They can also be stored on a diet consisting of canned food, frozen snails and ground turkey or track and tegu diet.

Another misconception is that all lizards are able to regenerate their tails when in reality this is a rather confusing ability for some lizards and geckos while an impossibility others. Even though the regenerated tail won’t ever look the same as the original the replacement is functional and a whole lot better than a stump. It is possible for some of these animals to develop a forked or branched tail if the damaged are is minor rather than a complete break.

While many questions regarding Lizards and their habits and habitats are answered by the hard work of breeders and researchers around the world there are still many interesting facts that will come to light in the future. As always do your due diligence and learn about the individual pet lizard’s needs in regards to diet, lighting, habitat size and longevity before buying anything.

Amir has a passion for animals and an eye for detail. Having over 25 years of reptile breeding expertise and husbandry means he has spent endless hours studying them and has a vast knowledge about reptiles including how they behave, what are the best foods for a specific reptile species, how to breed them, which ones are best for your kids, the best methods for taking care of them .

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