Allergic To Pet Dander But Want A Pet? Try A Lizard!

People that suffer from pet allergies are often excluded from owning cats and dogs, a condition that many find difficult to handle. And many people find fish or snakes too distant to enjoy as pets. However, if you suffer from pet danger allergies, lizards make an excellent choice. They are free from dander, can be social, and come in a variety of unique species.

The Advantages And Disadvantages

Lizards are often thought of as unique or “exotic” pets, but their popularity is increasing, especially among people that can’t own cats or dogs. They are more active than fish and some even have unique personalities. And there are a variety of advantages and disadvantages to owning them as pets.

Some of the major advantages of a lizard pet include:

  • They require little maintenance, beyond feeding and cleaning their living area
  • Possess no dander, leaving you sneeze-free
  • Most are fairly docile and rarely aggressive
  • Tolerate handling well, as long as it’s not too rough

However, there are some negatives to owning lizards as pets. Some of these include the fact that they:

Pet owners that are used to warm and friendly dogs and cats crawling on their laps are often turned off by the relative coldness and distance of lizards. However, most pet lizard species are open to being handled and even show enjoyment when being petted. They may not “love” you, but they also won’t cause dander allergic reactions.

Choosing The Best First-Time Lizards

Lizards are surprisingly enjoyable pets: a good pet lizard lacks aggressiveness, is relatively friendly, and adapts well to living in small areas. Some of the most popular lizards for first time owners include:

  • Bearded Dragon – Sociable with its owners and active in captivity. Requires a mix of insects and vegetables in its diet: the rate varies depending on its age. A good lizard pet guide will help here.
  • Leopard Gecko – Relatively small, tolerant of being handled, and easy to feed: they require only 10-15 insects every two days. They are also quite colorful.
  • Blue-Tongued Skink – Very similar to the Bearded Dragon regarding care needs: both are omnivores that enjoy insects, worms, and vegetables. The proportion is different, so follow your care guide carefully. Slightly more energetic than the Bearded Dragon.
  • Green Iguana – Larger than most pet lizards, they tolerate handling reasonably well. They may lash out if uncomfortable, but only defensively, not aggressively. Plants form its diet, meaning you can let it munch on any greens included in its tank.

Now that you have a good feel for the advantages of owning a pet lizard and the available species, you can check out a pet shop near you (like Snakes at Sunset ) for one. A helpful employee can guide you towards purchasing the right equipment, choosing a fun lizard, and even setting up your heat lamp.