Tips for Caring for Your Pets during the Summer Months

Caring For Your Lizard: A Guide

by Kirk Hernandez

Lizards are mainly self-reliant animals that can easily take care of themselves. However, this does not mean they dislike interacting or require care on your behalf. Like all pets, interacting with your animal is integral to ensuring their happiness. Throughout the course of this brief guide, you will learn of a few tips and guidelines for taking care of your lizard.

Stimulate Them

Like most living beings, lizards like being entertained. It's important to spruce up their environment, a bit. Make sure they have plenty of places to explore in their habitat, including branches, plants, hollowed out areas, and rocks. By enclosing or hiding food in hollowed out areas of their habitat, or feeding them live prey, you're giving your lizard a bit of a hunt, and therefore, a bit of entertainment.

Cage Setting

Depending on the lizard that you own, you need to be aware of the different cage settings that you should utilize for them. Another factor to be aware of is the ambient temperature of the area in which you live. For example, if the ambient temperature drops low during the winter months, it is important to have a thermally efficient tank that is enclosed. Among the different types of cages that you can use for different types of lizards, you will find that geckos do quite well in aquariums with small screens and bearded dragons tend to flourish in plastic cages.

Cleaning the Cage

Cleaning your lizard's cage is imperative, as it will allow them to live a much healthier life than otherwise. You should commit yourself to fully cleaning out your lizard's cage once per week, although you should also concern yourself with smaller cleaning jobs in the cage once per day. Make sure that shed skin, uneaten food, and your lizard's waste are all removed from the cage on a daily basis. Ensure that your lizard's cage has decent living conditions by cleaning up any water spills that might occur throughout the day. You should also make it a point to thoroughly clean their water and food bowls on a regular basis with hot water and soap so as to not create conditions in which bacteria and viruses can flourish.

Your lizard's health should be of the utmost importance to you as a pet owner. Hopefully, this brief guide has given you some idea of where to start when it comes to caring and cleaning for your lizard. Contact a business, such as Snakes at Sunset, for more information.