Skip To Content




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.

Schedule An Appointment For Your Pet Lizard


For A Pet Lizard

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.

Lizard Veterinarian In Sarasota, Bradenton And Lakewood Ranch, FL

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.

Request an Appointment

What Our Clients Have To Say

I wasn’t holding my breath that a vet would work hard to help diagnose my leopard gecko. I was wrong. The doctor worked hard to diagnose why our pet lizard stopped eating & ran a battery of tests.

Paulina Testerman

Vets and staff are knowledgeable and efficient. Clean and friendly Vet office. My dog now goes in to see her Vet with out balking.

Sara Little

Dr. Fink was just super with the Bruiser on his last visit. The entire staff was attentive, caring and professional. We would highly recommend University Animal Clinic to all who love their pets and want the best care for them.


All employees are amazing with animals. I am glad I found a Vet’s office that makes me feel that my 5 months old puppy is in the best hands

Heide Myrick

Even with full covid-19 protection our Basset was well cared for by the staff, I received detailed home care instructions and got a ‘checking on you’ call the next day. Our basset is on the way to revovery. Perfect outcome. Great caring friendly staff.

Stan Yonkauski

Met Dr. Sam and Dr. Fink today and was very impressed. We have been a client of University Animal Clinic since it opened with Dr. Rill. My wife and I feel very comfortable with these ladies and plan to keep our relationship with them. The staff and Dr’s are very helpful and friendly.

Pet Parent

The very best of care, the entire staff always gives their all and truly cares about both patient and parents! You won’t find a better clinic in Sarasota.

Ron Marano

My dogs, Max and Leo, always have a very positive experience at UAC. The staff is friendly and professional. The office is efficient and clean. I appreciate the ability to check on the dogs’ vaccinations, etc., on the pet portal. Great vet practice.

Ronni Silverman

The entire staff was friendly and professional. Dr. Sam was extremely knowledgeable, kind, and eased my anxiety. Even though I was worried they comforted me, answered all of my questions, and took great care of my fur baby.

Zach Gennette

It is very difficult to find an avian vet who is kind while not sugar coating what can be bad news. I had no idea conures get cataracts as they get older, helped me understand my bird’s actions. The Dr. is wonderful!

Jessica Sakas
Back To Top