Common Lizard Myths

Many of today’s reptile keepers are very well informed consumers who’ve done their research online about the pet lizard they are 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 these exotic and rare animals. Unfortunately there are still a few myths and misconceptions about lizards and we hope to dispel a few of the more obvious ones in this report.

Among the most common misconceptions that seems to be held by the majority of newbie reptile enthusiasts is that all large lizards are Komodo Dragons. Komodos appear like the King Kong of the Monitor Lizards with their impressive size and their infamous name. The simple fact is that only zoos can house, display and breed Komodo Dragons and every single one is the property of the Indonesian Government that strictly prohibits the access to these rare creatures. They are located on five Islands in Indonesia where they are a massive draw for tourists and bring in a large portion of the local peoples income. Although a close relative of the Komodo Lizard that gets very large in size is the Indonesian Water Monitor, these animals can be sold and are not protected so they are normally the origin of the misconception.

Another misconception about lizards for sale in captivity is based on the Caiman Lizards of Central America. These brightly colored cousins of the Tegu Lizard possess a broad plated body that is very close in appearance to their namesake the South American Caiman. They grow to a manageable adult size of four feet in length and are normally located on or close to tree branches over dangling rivers in Paraguay, Peru and Colombia. Although they have very sharp teeth that they use to catch 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 will never look just like the first the replacement is functional and a whole lot better than a stump. It’s possible for some of these animals to develop a forked or branched tail if the damaged are is minor and not a complete break.

While many questions regarding Lizards and their habits and habitats are answered by the hard work of researchers and breeders around the world there are still many fascinating 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.

We have more interesting articles to come in future.

Amir has a love for animals and an eye for detail. Having over 25 years of reptile breeding experience and husbandry means he has spent endless hours studying them and has a vast understanding of reptiles including how they act, what are the best foods for a specific reptile species, how to breed them, which ones are best for your children, the best methods for taking care of them etc..

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