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We want to get our 7 yo a lizard for Christmas. Any suggestions?<br><br>
We are wondering what kind and what we will need to provide a safe and comfy home. We do have younger children, but everyone is fairly calm. (Famous last words?)<br><br>
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What size lizard are you thinking? What sort of set up budget do you have? Do you want a lizard to hold, or one that is just for looking at? Do you have space restrictions? What about life span of the lizard? How much time can you spend on care and feeding?<br><br>
Some popular lizards are-<br><br>
Anoles- small fast lizards. Green Anoles will change color- brown when cool, green when warm. Initial set up is fairly cheap, a few can be kept in a 10 gallon tank. They eat crickets and meal worms and maintenece is fairly low. This is mostly a pet just for watching. Some can be handled, but it depends on the individual lizard, and they do tend to move fast. Life span 4+ years<br><br>
Geckos- several different species.<br><br>
Crested geckos- set up is easy, expense is low. Can be handled, although some are quite fast. These geckos eat mostly fruit. You can use commercial gecko food, or a variety of fruit baby food, or both. They occasionally take live food. Food must be changed daily. A 10-20(long) gallon tank should be fine. Life span- 15-20 years<br><br>
Leopard Geckos- tend to be quite handleable. Come in several color mutations. Eat crickets and meal worms. Initial set up is a bit more, but not too expensive. a 20 gallon long tank is the right size. Life span- 15-20 years<br><br>
Bearded Dragons-<br>
These are rather large lizards. Very handleable, supposed to have personalities and get to know their handlers. Eats a mixture of insects and vegetables, nutrition needs change over their life span so would require a little research. Larger specimens can eat baby mice as well. Fresh food needs to be changed daily. Initial expense will run a few hundred dollars. They need at LEAST a 40 gallon breeder size tank, they grow fast, so buy one from the outset, you'll be upgrading within a year if you don't. Make sure its a 40 gallon breeder- regular 40 gallon or 40gallon long won't cut it. Life span - about 10years
 

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<p>Anoles are cool and easy to care for.  That being said I don't believe in caged animals.  Shelter kittens are much more cuddly than lizards :)</p>
 

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<p>I don't have much lizard experience but my younger brother has a bearded dragon (got him when he was 10 years old I believe).  It's a very friendly lizard and has a really neat personality.  He certainly does require a fair amount of work, one of the reasons we know him so well is because they move him to our house when they go away or on vacation since he needs to be fed twice a day (veggies or crickets on alternating days plus fresh water daily).</p>
 

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Wow, Oubliette, thanks so much for your input.<br><br>
I did get a gecko. A gargoyle, which requires about the same care as a crested. The big plus is that their tails regenerate.<br><br>
I think if I'd been getting it for myself I would have gotten the leopard gecko. But my son said he was excited for one that culd climb the walls.<br><br>
The bearded dragons seemed really neat too, but maybe just a little out of our league. This is our first reptile after all!<br><br>
I know what you mean about kittens! But I think this little guy is pretty neat too.<br><br>
Thanks again everyone.
 

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<p>I know I am coming to this late, and that you already have your pet, but I have to chime in that we LOVE our bearded dragon. She is our first reptile and has been a bit more involved than I anticipated (we are dealing with some shedding issues at the moment), but I could never have anticipated what a sweet pet she would be. My 8 year old dd wanted an iguana, and the bearded dragon was the compromise. Ours is very mellow and does fine being handled. She likes to be wrapped up and cuddled in a little blanket to fall asleep at bedtime. I have heard beardies described as the dogs of the reptile world, and I think it is totally true. </p>
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<p>My husband teased me for a while that beardeddragon.org had become my new mothering.com. <img alt="redface.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/redface.gif"></p>
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<p>So if you decide to add to your reptile menagerie, keep them in mind!</p>
 
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