Several prevalent lizard myths and misconceptions
Many of today’s reptile keepers are very knowledgeable shoppers who have done their research on the pet lizard they are about to purchase online. In order to increase the general public’s understanding of these uncommon and exotic animals, there are a number of well-liked shows that concentrate on reptiles and amphibians from various parts of the world. Unfortunately, there are still some myths and false beliefs about lizards, some of which we hope to debunk in this article.
The idea that all large lizards are Komodo Dragons is among the most widespread myths that novice reptile enthusiasts seem to hold. With their enormous size and infamous name, komodo lizards resemble King Kong among monitor lizards. The fact is that only zoos are permitted to house, exhibit, and breed Komodo Dragons, and each one is a property of the Indonesian government, which strictly forbids access to these endangered animals. They can be found on five Indonesian Islands, where they are a major tourist attraction and a significant source of income for the local population. Despite the Indonesian Water Monitor being a close relative of the Komodo Lizard and growing to very large sizes, these animals can be sold and are not protected, so they are typically the cause of the misunderstanding.
Another myth regarding lizards kept in captivity for sale is based on the Central American Caiman Lizard. These vividly colored relatives of the Tegu Lizard have a broad plated body that closely resembles the South American Caiman, after which they got their name. They typically inhabit tree branches over hanging rivers in Paraguay, Peru, and Colombia and reach a manageable adult size of four feet. Caiman lizards are calm and simple to handle when kept in captivity, despite having very sharp teeth that they use to capture and crush their prey, which includes snails, fish, and invertebrates. They can also be maintained on a diet of monitor and tegu or canned food, frozen snails, and ground turkey.
A common misconception about lizards is that they can all regenerate their tails, but in reality, some lizards and geckos can do this rather confusingly while others can’t. While their close relatives completely lack it, most geckos, iguanas, and tegus have the amazing ability to regenerate a body part. The replacement tail is useful and a lot better than a stump, even though it will never look exactly like the original. If the damage is minor and does not result in a complete break, some of these animals may even develop a forked or branched tail.
While the diligent work of researchers and breeders around the world has provided answers to many questions about lizards and their habits and habitats, there are still a lot of intriguing facts that will become known in the future. As always, research the specific requirements for the pet lizard in terms of diet, lighting, habitat size, and longevity before making a purchase.