Lizards For Kids
Some kids crave for puppies. Some love cats. And some have a liking towards the cold blooded creatures. If your kids want to keep a pet, let them show that they can take care of one and should own a reptile only when they are able to understand that their pet is a living animal which experiences pain, fright, hunger, anger and other feelings just like us humans. Bringing home lizards for kids is a long term commitment. There are only a few types of lizards that are considered to be good as pets for kids such as Bearded Dragons, Leopard Geckos, Blue Tongued Skinks and Green Anoles.
Leopard Geckos: Leopard Geckos are the ultimate starter lizards and inexpensive to purchase. They are easy to handle, small and need a small tank. They do not need UV lighting like other lizards. They reach up to eight inches in size and their diet comprises of insects. A twenty gallon tank is a perfect home for them. Kids might find it a little frustrating that these neat lizards sleep during the day.
Bearded Dragons: Impressive, larger, easy to handle, feed and maintain. Bearded Dragons reach about seven to eight inches at adulthood. They need a larger tank (about fifty gallons in size) and UV lighting and prefer living alone inside the tank as they are prone to getting stressed if there are other lizards around. Their diet comprises of greens, insects and vegetables and they love fortified crickets for dinner! Children find it delightful to own a Breaded Dragon, however, it should be introduced to all the family members slowly and over time in order to keep it from getting anxious. Beardies have a wonderful personality and are very popular as pets.
Blue Tongued Skinks: They are generally easy to feed, tame and maintain. They are a good choice for kids and beginners. They get quite large, up to thirty inches in size and need a very large tank and UV lighting. Being omnivorous their diet comprises of greens, insects and vegetables, just like Bearded Dragons. They are quite expensive and not popular as much as other lizards.
Green Anoles: They are quite easily available, are insectivores and very good eaters. Crickets can comprise the main part of their diet, however, they can also be fed wild caught insects. They can change colors when stressed and males are generally larger than females. They are inexpensive and a single Green Anole can do with ten gallon tank. Apart from the basking light they also need the UV lighting.
If you are thinking to bring home lizards for kids it is better to know and understand the needs of these little creatures. Prior to bringing home a new pet make sure you are well prepared to keep it in a healthy environment. Choose the right lizard for your kids by discussing which one would they like to have and which one can you as a parent take responsibilty of. If your pet is happy your kids will enjoy too and it can turn out to be a mutually rewarding experience!