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What You Need To Know About Pet Lizards

If you’ve never heard of a pet lizard, you’ve been missing out. While lizards can be especially rewarding animals to have in your home, they also require a little more attention than other animals. Keep reading to educate yourself about how to care for a pet lizard, as well as what common health issues to look out for.

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Learning how to care for your lizard is step number one in creating an exceptional life for your pet. Giving your pet a safe space where they can live comfortably starts with the following:

  • Habitat: It’s essential for lizards to have spaces big enough for them to move around. They also require a certain amount of heat. When you decide on your specific lizard, be sure to do extra research regarding its needs and requirements.
  • Diet: Lizards can follow many different diets. Some eat commercial food, while others require a more specialized diet.
  • Interaction Habits: While lizards tend to be on the active side of the reptilian race, overhandling them can cause elevated stress levels. Always be on the lookout for abnormal behavior, too.
  • Living Together: Some lizards can live together, while others cannot. Conducting proper research is key to curating a positive experience for both you and your pet.



Health Issues For Lizards

Having a basic knowledge of the common health issues facing lizards can help you in acting fast when you notice a decline in your pet’s health. Here are some of the typical diseases lizards may acquire:

  • Septicemia: Dirty habitats cause this disease. If you notice your lizard breathing irregularly or convulsing, take them to a vet and start antibiotics as soon as possible.
  • Mouthrot: Controlling the humidity and temperature in your pet’s cage is essential for preventing the symptoms of mouth rot that include inflamed lips, gums and mouths.
  • Disecdysis, or Skin Shedding Problems: If you notice your pet having trouble shedding entirely, soak them in water for 10 to 15 minutes. Sometimes a lack of humidity causes this common health issue to occur.
  • Respiratory Infections: Lizards get colds just like we do. You can prevent your pet from developing a respiratory infection by keeping their habitat clean.


When To Call A Lizard Vet

If you notice any of the above symptoms in your lizard, call your vet to double-check if it’s time to make a trip to their office. Acting fast and early can prevent your lizard’s health conditions from worsening. When it comes to the health and safety of your pets, being proactive is key.

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We proudly offer health and informational services for exotic pets such as lizards. If you have any questions, give us a call at (941) 253-5218or contact us online. For an in-person experience, please visit our location in Bradenton, Florida.


Contact us today to learn more, or request an appointment for your lizard online.

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