I bet you want to have a lizard as a pet but you don't want to have an animal that is hard to care of, right ? So probably you (or your parents) are asking the question "what is the easiest pet lizard to take care of"? Now it's time to find out your answer.
Even though there's no perfect answer to that question, some lizards are easier to take care of due to their size and behavior. So in this article, I will list some of them:
List of the easiest pet lizards to care of
This list could be bigger, all depends on what you really think it's easier to deal with, so, that is a selection based on my personal opinion and also on my friends'.
1. Leopard Geckos
Leopard geckos or eublepharids macularius is a lizard that originated in the desert or highlands of Asia. Leopard geckos are very unique because of their features.
They have a yellow or lavender body with black spots like a leopard they also have flat bodies and spikes around their neck.
Unlike other lizards, the leopard geckos cannot climb up to any smooth surfaces since they don’t have sticky palms or toe pads like other lizards, so you can just see them on the ground. They are very active during the daytime.
Leopard geckos love a sandy, rocky, warm or dry place. If you are planning to get a leopard gecko you can put in some branches or sand where he can burrow or hide since they love to do that. They shouldn’t be placed together with another leopard gecko if it is not a female.
A leopard gecko needs to have a 20-gallon tank (or larger) and the temperature should be in a range of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Leopard geckos are the omnivorous lizards, they can eat insects like worms, cockroaches, crickets and also plants. They should be fed daily and should also be dusted with some vitamins and minerals like calcium which you can get from pet stores.
Other facts about the Leopard Geckos:
- Leopard geckos can live up to 20 years with proper care
- They can grow up to 10 inches in length
- They have eyelids unlike other geckos
- The cannot climb
2. Bearded Dragons
Bearded dragons are docile and very easy to handle. They are much known because of their unique appearance which is their beard.
They can climb and love to hide in bushes and branches. The bearded dragons originated in the deserts of Australia and are considered as mediums size lizards which are very easy to take care of. Their body color is in the contrast of brown, red, and gold.
They have flat bodies and spikes around their necks.
The bearded dragons are medium in size and they need a large tank to live in. Or if you decide to put them outdoors, you need to make sure the temperature is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They also need lighting 12 to 14 hours a day.
Bearded dragons should have water daily. They eat mostly insects such as crickets and pinky mice. They also eat plants such as bell peppers, leafy greens, carrots, sweet potato, and squash. They should also be dusted with multivitamins and mineral supplements
Other facts about the Bearded Dragons:
- They can grow up to 24 inches in length
- Sometimes they can be aggressive since they are the territorial type of lizards
- They have spikes and sharp claws
3. Blue Tongue Skink
The blue-tongued skink is the largest among all the skink species they are called the blue-tongued lizards because of their tongue.
They originated in Australia and they are very popular as one of a house pet since they are very easy to be handled. These lizards are shy compared to other lizards but they are also very intelligent. They have a flat body and their scales are in the contrast of gray to brown and they also have brown bands all over their body and tail.
Blue-tongued skink can use a 20-gallon tank (or larger) they would need a larger space and foliages for them to go through since they are really active. The tank temperature should be in a range of 2 degrees Fahrenheit with proper lighting.
The blue-tongued skink can eat a variety of plants and insects they are also omnivorous that love to eat pink mice, cat food, worms, and vegetables. They should also be dusted with proteins where you can purchase from a pet store.
Other facts about the Blue Tongue Skink:
- They are very slow lizards since they have short legs
- They are diurnal which means they are active during the day
- They can grow up to 24 inches in length
- They can live up to 30 years
4. Crested Gecko
Crested geckos are great pets which are also docile and easy to handle, but their type is rare to find. They are great pets since they are easy to take care and can easily adjust to their surroundings and to the temperature. They are also unique because they have a colorful body.
Crested Geckos need a larger aquarium and foliages like tree trunks, branches, rocks, etc. where they can climb and hide. They are very active and like climbing and hiding to places. Their tanks should also be misted from time to time, you can use a spray bottle to do so. Crested Geckos like to stay in the humid area, their tanks should be hot or cold and they don't need that much light.
These lizards are also omnivorous in nature they can eat insects like crickets, worms, etc. they can also be fed with ripe fruits you can smash or shred it when feeding your geckos. They also love baby food and need some multivitamins like calcium.
Other facts about the Blue Crested Gecko:
- They can grow up to eight inches in length
- Crested gecko males are larger
If you want to learn more about this lizard, I recommend you to read the article Crested Gecko Facts.
Anoles are very fast runners, like chameleons, they also change their body color depending on the temperature or what they are feeling. They are small types of lizards with thin or slender bodies and they are very good as a pet since they can really be active and entertaining.
The anoles require up to 14 hours of light daily and the temperature of their tank needs to range within 77 degrees Fahrenheit. They can fit into a regular tank or glass aquarium. The Anoles also love misty or humid tanks so you can spray water using a spray bottle from time to time. They love climbing so putting in some branches or logs will help them stay active and healthy.
Anoles love to eat bugs, beetles, flies, mosquitoes, worms etc. they can also be fed with some leaves but they are more on insects. Their tank should also be dusted with calcium and some supplements for them to stay healthy and they need water daily.
Other facts about the Anoles:
- They can grow up to eight inches
6. Fat-tailed Geckos
Fat-tailed geckos came from the family of geckos which are docile and easy to handle. They originated in Africa and are unique because of their fat tail. The color of their bodies is from brown and tan with white stripes from their body to tail.
the fat tail gecko should have a tank 20 gallons (or larger) with the temperature in a range of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They don’t climb as well so there is no need for too many branches. Healthy sand, logs or rocks would help them rest. They also love to stay in humid places, so you need to make sure to keep their place moisturized by spraying water.
Just like other geckos the fat-tailed geckos also eat insects like works, milk worms, silkworms, cricket’s etc. Baby geckos should be fed every day and their tanks should also be dusted by calcium and vitamin powder.
Other facts about the Fat-tailed Geckos:
- They can grow up to 14 inches
- They do not require UV or too much light
- They are slow which makes them easy to handle
- They are nocturnal
7. Argentine Tegus
This lizard originated in America and can usually be found in deserts or forest. They are very intelligent types of lizards which makes them easy to handle. They have a great temperament which makes them great pets and they don’t mind being held because they love attention from their owners.
To care of a tegu you need to prepare a 40-gallon tank (or larger) since they can really grow big because they are the large type of lizards. The temperature of their tanks should be in a range of 75 degrees Fahrenheit and they also need up light to survive.
The tegus are carnivorous lizards and they prefer more meat in their diet. They love to eat frozen mice or rats, turkey, chicken, and fish. If you feed them with insect you might need to give them a bigger amount every meal time. You can also add a few fruits such as papaya or mango in their diet to get all the nutrients that they need. You also need to dust their tanks with vitamin supplements and calcium which you can get from pet stores.
Other facts about the Argentine Tegus:
- Tegus are the large type of lizards they can reach up to 5 feet in length
This list contains different types of lizards, so you can choose the one that you like the most.
You can see that some of them are bigger just in case you don't like a small pet that can be lost around your house. So the easiest pet lizards to care of will depend on what you like the most in an animal.
If you really are into small pets, just read the article: Pet lizards that stay small
I strongly recommend you to read my other article: " how to find a lost lizard in your house" so you will be prepared for an emergency.
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