Many of the current reptile keepers are extremely well informed consumers who have completed their research online about the pet lizard they are about to acquire. Unfortunately, due to false Wildlife Advertising, there are still a few misconceptions and myths about lizards and we hope to dispel a few of the more obvious ones in this article.
Among the most common misconceptions that seems to be held by most newbie reptile fans is that all big lizards are Komodo Dragons. Komodos seem like the King Kong of the Monitor Lizards with their remarkable size and their infamous name. The simple fact is that only zoos can house, display and raise Komodo Dragons and every single one is the land of the Indonesian Government which only prohibits the access to these rare creatures. They’re found on five Islands in Indonesia where they’re a huge attraction for tourists and earn a large portion of the regional peoples income. Although a close relative of the Komodo Lizard that gets very large in size is the Indonesian Water Monitor, those animals can be sold and are not protected so that they are normally the source 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 possess a wide plated body that’s very close in appearance to their namesake the South American Caiman. Although they have really sharp teeth that they use to capture and crush their prey consisting of snails, fish and invertebrates, Caiman Lizards in captivity are composed and easy to handle. They may also survive on a diet comprising of canned foods, frozen snails and ground turkey are monitor and tegu diet.
The awesome capability of regenerating a body part exists in most geckos, many iguanas and tegus while their near relatives fully lack that skill. Although the regenerated tail will never look the same as the original the replacement is functional and a whole lot better than a stump. It’s even possible for some of these animals to grow a forked or branched tail if the damaged area is minor rather than a complete break.
While many questions regarding lizards and their habitats have been answered by the hard work of researchers and breeders around the world there are still many fascinating facts which will come to light later on. So do your due diligence and find out about the persons pet lizard’s needs in regards to diet, lighting, habitat size and longevity before making a buy.