Many of today’s reptile keepers are extremely well informed consumers who’ve done their research online about the furry lizard they’re about to acquire. Additionally, there are a number of popular shows that focus on reptiles and amphibians from around the world that help broaden the ordinary person’s understanding of these exotic and rare animals.
Among the most common misconceptions that appears to be held by the majority of newbie reptile fans is that all big lizards are Komodo Dragons. Komodos appear like the King Kong of the Monitor Lizards with their impressive size and their notorious name. The simple fact is that just zoos can house, display and strain Komodo Dragons and each one is the land of the Indonesian Government which strictly prohibits the access to these rare creatures. They’re located on five Islands in Indonesia where they are a massive attraction for tourists and earn a huge portion of the regional peoples income. Though a close relative of the Komodo Lizard that gets really large in size is the Indonesian Water Monitor, these animals can be sold and aren’t protected so that they are normally the origin of the misconception.
Another misconception about lizards available in captivity relies on the Caiman Lizards of Central America. These brightly colored cousins of the Tegu Lizard possess a broad plated body that’s extremely close in appearance to their namesake the South American Caiman. They develop into a manageable adult size of four feet in length and are normally located on or close to tree branches across dangling rivers in Paraguay, Peru and Colombia. Even though they have very sharp teeth which they use to catch and crush their prey composed of snails, fish and invertebrates, Caiman Lizards in captivity are calm and easy to handle. They may also be stored on a diet consisting of canned food, frozen snails and ground turkey or track and tegu diet.
Another misconception is that all lizards are able to regenerate their tails when in fact this is a somewhat confusing ability for a number of lizards and geckos while an impossibility others. Even though the regenerated tail won’t ever look just like the first the replacement is practical and a great deal better than a stump.
While many questions regarding Lizards and their habits and habitats are answered by the hard work of breeders and researchers around the world there are still many fascinating facts that will come to light later on. As always do your due diligence and learn about the individual pet lizard’s needs in regards to diet, lighting, habitat size and longevity before buying anything.
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