Which lizards make the best pets?

Introduction to Pet lizards 

Are you looking for a unique pet to add to your family? If so, pet lizards may be the perfect choice for you! Lizards are fascinating creatures with a variety of interesting characteristics. From colourful scales to unique personalities, there’s a pet reptile perfect for every home.

In this blog, we’ll explore the different types of pet lizards and the information you need to know when selecting and caring for lizards. So, let’s get started!

Lizards are cold-blooded, covered in scales, and need a warm environment to survive. Some popular pet lizards include bearded dragons, leopard geckos, chameleons and blue-tongue skinks. They come in various colours and sizes; some can live up to 15 years with proper care.

What makes lizards good pets

Lizards can make great pets for those looking for an exotic companion. 

Good for beginners – Lizards can be good for beginners to the reptile hobby, as most lizards are relatively low-maintenance and don’t necessarily require the same attention as other pets such as cats or dogs. In addition, some species of lizards can make great companions and love interacting and bonding with their owners.

Fewer Allergies – Having a lizard as a pet can also be great for people who would normally suffer from allergies. Lizards don’t shed fur; this can make them a great pet for people more prone to allergies.

Quite – Lizards tend to make very little noise; this can be great for people who share their home or live in an apartment where noise can cause disturbance to neighbours.

Different Types of Pet lizards 

Many types of lizards are available, so it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Some of the most popular pet lizard species include:

  • Bearded dragons: Bearded dragons are among the most popular pet lizard species. They come in a variety of colours. They are medium sized lizards and can grow between 45cm – 60cm in length. They’re relatively low-maintenance, generally friendly, and easy to care for. Bearded Dragons are rarely aggressive and can become friendly towards their owners. Bearded Dragons live for 10 to 15 years and live on a mixed diet of insects, vegetables and salad. They require a warm and dry environment with a large area for basking and lots of floor space to explore.
  • Leopard geckos: Leopard geckos are small, colourful lizards that come in various colours and patterns. Leopard geckos can be quite docile and tolerate handling. They are nocturnal, so they sleep during the day and are active at night. They are easy to care for and can live between 10 to 20 years. They grow to around 15cm to 25cm in size. They tend to eat a mixture or crickets and mealworms. They require a warm environment with an area for basking.  
  • Crested Geckos: Crested Geckos are another small lizard in multiple colours and patterns. They like to climb, and their feet and underside of their tail have tiny hair-like structures these create sticky pads which grip to even smooth surfaces. Crested Geckos require a warm environment with plenty of room and décor to climb on. They can live between 15 to 25 years. Crested Geckos like to eat a mixture of insects and some fruits.
  • Blue tongue skinks: Blue tongue skinks are large lizards with colourful patterns and a blue tongue. They are relatively low-maintenance and can live between 15 to 20+ years with proper care. Blue Tongue skins can grow up to 50cm, requiring a spacious enclosure. Blue tongue skinks sleep and night and will be awake during the day. They can become quite friendly, but if the feel threatened, they can bite. They like a warm environment and their diet consists mainly of vegetables and insects.
  • Chameleons: Chameleons are one of the most interesting pet lizards. There are over 150 species, and they come in various colours and sizes. Chameleons are most known for being able to can change colour; they do this for a number of reasons, including to reflect their mood or communicate with other chameleons. Most Chameleons come from a tropical or subtropical environment where the humidity and rainfall are frequent. Chameleons generally like a warm and humid environment; to create a humid environment, chameleons will need regular misting. This can be done using an electronic misting system or using a hand mister. Chameleons tend to drink water from the leaves of plants so to keep the environment regularly sprayed is essential; some people will include a dripper or a waterfall to ensure water is always available. Chameleons can up to 10 years.

What to Consider Before Getting a Pet lizard

If you’re considering getting a pet lizard, you should consider a few things before taking the plunge. The following are some of the most important factors to consider when selecting one:

Size: lizards come in various sizes, so it’s important to choose a size that is appropriate for your home. Bearded dragons, for example, can grow between 45cm – 60cm in length and need a large habitat.

Temperament: Different lizards have different temperaments. Bearded dragons, for example, are friendly and easy to handle, while chameleons are shy and reclusive. Consider the temperament of the lizard you’re considering before making your decision.

Diet: Different lizards have different dietary needs. Bearded dragons, for example, need a diet of insects, vegetables, and fruits. Chameleons are insectivores, while leopard geckos are omnivores.

Environment: lizards need a warm and sometimes humid environment to survive. Bearded dragons, for example, need a habitat with temperatures up to 40c in the vivarium’s warm end and chameleons need the humidity levels to not drop below 50%. Consider the environment you can provide for your pet before making your decision.

Price: The price of lizards can vary depending on the species and on how readily available some lizards are. Some specific colour morphs of lizards can be rarer to find and, therefore, can be a much higher price. The equipment required to provide the correct habit for some lizards can be expensive; look in to what equipment is needed to provide the correct environment. Other things to budget for would be food, running costs and regular health checks with a vet. 

Tips for Choosing a Pet Lizard

Now that you know what to consider before getting a lizard, let’s explore some tips for choosing the perfect lizard for your home. The following are some important tips to keep in mind when selecting a pet lizard:

  • Research: Before getting a lizard, it’s important to do your research. Read up on the different types of pet lizards and their care requirements to ensure you know what you’re getting into.
  • Ask questions: If you’re considering buying a lizard, ask lots of questions. Ask about the lizard’s age, size, temperament, diet, and health history.
  • Consider your lifestyle: Before getting a lizard, consider your lifestyle. Pet reptiles can need a lot of attention and care, so ensure you can provide the necessary care and attention.
  • Visit the pet shop: If you’re considering getting a lizard, take a trip to your local pet shop. This will allow you to see the different types of lizards and get a feel for which one is right for you. Here at Porton Garden Aquatic & Pets, we are happy to advise and help you choose what lizard might be best for your circumstances.

Where to Find Pet lizards for sale

Once you’ve decided which lizard you’d like to get, it’s time to start looking for one. Lizards can be sold at pet stores; you may also find lizards for sale online or at reptile shows. Before buying a lizard, research to ensure you’re buying from a reputable source and find out what guarantee the seller is offering.

Caring for Your lizard

Once you’ve found the perfect lizard, it’s time to start caring for it. The following are some tips for caring for your pet lizard:

Create a habitat: 

Pet lizards need different types of environments; some like a warm, humid habitat with plenty of climbing structures, while some like a warm, arid habitat with plenty of hiding spaces. Be sure to research the specific habitat requirements of your lizard to ensure it has a safe and comfortable home.

Provide a healthy diet: 

Lizards need a balanced diet; some lizards eat insects, fruits, and vegetables, while others eat meat. Many lizards also require a vitamin or mineral supplement to be added to their food. Be sure to research the specific dietary needs of your pet lizard to ensure it’s getting the proper nutrition.

Handle with care: 

Lizards should be handled carefully and gently. Be sure to use slow, deliberate movements and to support the lizard’s body when handling. Remember, some lizards can be quite social, while others can be quite shy and dislike being handled.

Provide enrichment: 

Pet lizards need enrichment in the form of toys and activities. Provide your lizard with things to climb, hide, and explore to keep it entertained and stimulated.

Common Health Concerns for reptiles

It’s important to keep an eye out for any signs of illness. Common health concerns for a lizard include parasites, respiratory infections, and metabolic bone disease. If you notice any illness in your lizard, be sure to take it to an exotic vet immediately. Unfortunately, not all vets will be able to provide care for a lizard, so it is essential to ensure you register your lizard with an exotics vet.

Fun Facts About Lizards

Lizards are fascinating creatures, and there are some interesting facts about them that you may not know. Here are a few fun facts about reptiles:

  • Iguanas have a third eye on the top of their head called the parietal eye. This eye helps them detect movement and predators.
  • Some lizards can change colour to match their environment. Chameleons are the most well-known colour-changing lizards, but other lizards, like anoles and skinks, can also change colour.
  • Some lizards can regrow their tails if they are lost or damaged. This process is called regeneration.
  • Lizards have various vocalisations, from chirps and clicks to hisses and growls.
  • Some lizards can walk on water! The Basilisk lizard, also known as the Jesus Lizard, is able to run across the surface of the water using its long toes.


Lizards are a great option if you’re looking for a unique and fascinating pet; they come in various sizes, colours, and personalities, so there’s sure to be one that’s perfect for your home. Before getting a lizard, do your research and consider your lifestyle. Your pet lizard can provide years of companionship with the right care and attention.

If you’re ready to add one to your family, check out our reptiles for sale selection. We have a wide range of lizards for sale, from bearded dragons, geckos, skinks and more! So, what are you waiting for? Get to know the adorable pet lizards perfect for your home today!