The Pros and Cons of Owning a Pet Lizard

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Are you considering purchasing a lizard?

Do your kids think a lizard would make a good pet?

Lizards have become more and more popular pets throughout the years, and if you are looking for a unique pet, these animals might be for you.

When you are considering taking a lizard into your home, you might first want to evaluate the pros and cons of these pets.

This article breaks down some of the positives and negatives of owning a lizard.

Pros of Owning A Lizard

Whether you are considering owning a gecko or a bearded dragon, lizards offer a unique experience for pet owners.


Lizards are hypoallergenic, so if you or a family member have been unable to have a pet in the past, a lizard could be a good alternative.

Reptiles have scales rather than fur and don’t have dander to aggravate your allergies.

Don’t Require Constant Attention

Most lizards do not require or even want a great deal of attention from you.

These fascinating animals can be watched while they are in their terrariums, but as long as they are being fed and watered, they don’t care if you are around.

Where a dog might bark and whine to go out or grab your attention, lizards are very quiet and won’t make noises demanding for attention or breakfast.

Beginner Lizards Are Available

Some lizards do have very specific requirements to allow them to survive, and there are beginner level lizards you can start with.

Geckos and bearded dragons are great options for beginners because they are hardier and easy to keep.

You will need to do some research and purchase some specialized equipment, but they are not as finicky as other lizards.

Beautiful and Unique

These exotic creatures will add a whole different world to your home.

They offer the opportunity to learn about a different environment and observe their habits.

Lizards come in a variety of colors, or morphs, and look like miniature dragons.

Owners often get lost in watching their beautiful pet lizard move throughout the enclosure.

Cons of Owning A Lizard

Owning a lizard isn’t all positives, though there are quite a few.

There are some cons you will have to decide if you can live with before you become a lizard parent.

Lack of Bonding

Lizards are not going to bond with you in the same way a dog or cat might.

They are less social than other pets and won’t want to cuddle, and many species of lizards will not even want to be held regularly.

Specialized Vet Care

It can be difficult to find a veterinarian who knows what they are doing when it comes to lizards.

Because these animals are not as common as dogs or cats, veterinarians are not all used to working with them.

In small towns or rural areas, you might have to travel some distance to find a veterinarian who knows how to best care for a lizard.

Food Requirements

Lizards will require specialized food to fulfill their specific diet.

This means sometimes you might have to take more time to collect the special foods, and you won’t be able to just run down to your local grocery store to grab a bag like you can with a dog or cat.

Also, most lizards are carnivorous creatures who prefer live food.

This means you have to keep live food in your home on hand to feed your animal.


Lizards can be an expensive animal to keep in your home.

Some of the more exotic species often cost a good deal of money, but for the most part, the expense comes in when considering supplies.

Enclosures, lighting, and other required items will cost you, and if your animal picks up a disease or parasites, your vet bill can get pretty high.

Of course, all animals come with a cost to care for them, so this disadvantage is pretty universal if you are considering owning any pet.


As with any animal you bring into your home, there are going to be pros and cons.

Before you commit to bringing a lizard of any kind into your home, it is important to do your research and understand what caring for the animal will look like.

After reading this article, we hope you have a better understanding of the pros and cons of owning a lizard.

Wesley Oaks

Bio: This article comes from Wesley over at Oddly Cute Pets. His children’s interest in these unique pets is what sparked his interest and eventually lead him to start his blog. If you’re interested in learning more about these kind of pets we encourage you to check out his blog.

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