Well today, Aug. 14, 2014 is World Lizard Day! So Happy World Lizard Day everyone!!
World Lizard Day is a day for those passionate about lizards to show off their scaly kids and those who may not be as familiar with lizards to learn a little about these fascinating creatures.
Here’s a fun fact for you: there are over 5,000 species of lizards known to exist today!
About half of the critters that I currently care for are lizards. I have always found reptiles fascinating but it wasn’t until about 3 years ago that I started rescuing, rehoming, and owning lizards. It all started with a female leopard gecko named Esmeralda that a friend gave to me. She was my very first lizard. She has sadly since passed away as she was an older lizard that my friend had rescued.
After Esmeralda I had a banded gecko named Mini Wrex, he has also since passed away. He escaped from his cage and my cat found him
My third lizard was a male African Fat tail Gecko who I named Grunt and got at a reptile expo. I still have Grunt, he is about 4 years old now as he was a year old when I got him.
My first bearded dragon was a male rescue dragon with only three feet that I named Tali. He started my interest in rescuing reptiles, bearded dragons in particular. It seems that bearded dragons are a common lizard that people purchase and then rehome after they understand that the cute baby lizard they purchased will soon be a large 18-24 inch lizard that requires at least a 40 gallon tank, will live to be 8-12 years old, and needs to be fed daily.
Overall bearded dragons are a low maintenance reptile but they do required large amounts of fresh vegetables and live insects to sustain them. Vegetables in general aren’t that pricy, especially if you grow your own when the weather allows, however, insects can get pretty costly at 14 cents a cricket or $10 for 50 worms which will probably last an adult dragon less than a week. To overcome some of these costs I now have my own roach and meal worm colony and dedicate an entire section of our garden to fresh dragon friendly veggies. However when you have at least 5 dragons at all time, more often well over 5, the costs still add up.
Over the last 3 years I have rescued well over 50 lizards of various kinds, some of which I grew fond of and adopted myself.
I could write an entire book just about rescuing and rehoming one type of lizard, such as bearded dragons. But for now I’ll just leave you with these pictures of the lizards that I am currently caring for. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about my lizards or their care