20 most popular Lizard pets based on ease of care, cost, and temperament




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Are you new to reptile petting and looking for help choosing your first lizard?

Each lizard is unique and, in most cases, will have their own specific husbandry requirements.

Some are outgoing and enjoy being handled, whilst other species are shy and will become stressed during handling.

As lizards can live for a very long time, picking one that matches your lifestyle and husbandry-capabilities is very important.

Below we have listed the 20 most popular based on ease of care, cost, and temperament. So keep reading to find your perfect pet lizard…

20. Green Basilisk

Green Basilisk

These species are an excellent swimmer and known for their big green plume.

The Green Basilisk is famously known as the lizard that can run over water; earning their nickname “Jesus Christ Lizard”.

Commonly found in the tropical rainforests of Central America. They have an omnivorous diet, eating invertebrates and mice as well as an occasional fruit.

These lizards are beginner friendly due to their size. Usually growing up to 3 feet long, they aren’t very stocky and are very light for their length.

They require higher-than-normal temperatures and humidity with a large enclosure. They do not always adapt well to handling, but make an entertaining pet lizard for those looking to admire from afar.

Beginners who are ready to accommodate their specific husbandry requirements and lack of human interaction best keep this species.

  • They live 8-12 years and cost $25-$65 USD.
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