Lizards as pets: not a great idea

Although many people might perceive lizards as fascinating and exotic creatures, they actually do not make great pets. When I first discovered I was to get a lizard, I was ecstatic; it was something I had been looking forward to for over a year. Having owned a bearded dragon for over two years now, I have come to the realization that they are rather unintelligent, lifeless, and difficult to take care of.

No doubt, most lizards are beautiful and are fun to look at, but not for a period of more than about two minutes. They do not move around that much, and they only walk around when they are eating, which is only for about five minutes once a day. Most of the time, they just sit either basking in the sunlight or sleeping.

Photo Credit: Peggy

Lizards also have difficulty catching crickets and avoiding walking into objects, for they often lack intelligence. Another reason lizards do not make great pets is because they are somewhat difficult to take care of. Their cages need to be cleaned at least once a week, and they need to eat a varied diet of both live crickets and different fruits and vegetables. The crickets also need to be taken care of, so it is sort of like taking care of two separate animals.

Lizards may seem like fun animals to possess, but they are not really enjoyable pets to have around. They are a lot of work, and it seems as if you put a lot more into the care of them and they do not give a lot to you. They do not even acknowledge that you exist, and sometimes they even try to eat you because they think that your hand is a cricket.


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