Bearded dragons are lizards that are native to Australia. They live in rocky and arid regions of the country and are adept climbers. In the wild they can be found on branches, basking on rocks, and staying cool in bushes and other shaded areas.
Reptiles and amphibians are popular pets with many families. Turtles, frogs, iguanas, snakes, geckos, horned toads, salamanders and chameleons are colorful, quiet and often kept as pets. These animals frequently carry bacteria called Salmonella that can cause serious illness in people. Salmonella can spread by either direct or indirect contact with amphibians (e.g., frogs), reptiles (e.g., turtles, lizards or snakes) or their droppings. Salmonella infections can also result from having contact with reptile or amphibian environments, including the water from containers or aquariums where they live. Persons under 5 years of age are more likely to develop severe illness. Parents are warned to keep frogs and turtles away from young children.
Pros of having a pet lizard:
Some reptiles are gentle, docile, and relatively easy to care for. Others are best left to reptile experts because they can be aggressive, reach an impressive size, or require special care. Before you make the commitment to care for a reptile, it’s vital that you do your homework. Spend some time researching any species that you’re interested in. Consider visiting reputable reptile-oriented websites, reading an expert-recommended book, or talking with the knowledgeable team at Petsway. Do you understand the characteristics of the species? How large will the reptile be when it reaches maturity? What environment does it need to thrive? What type of care will it require? What supplies should you have on hand? Learning the answers to questions like these can help you determine if the reptile you’ve been considering is a good match for your household.