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Everything You Need To Have A Lizard

 

So you want a lizard … but is keeping one healthy & happy too complicated?

 

The answer to this is a matter of opinion. As with getting any animal companion, there is a learning curve. However, once you surpass that little hill, We believe lizard companionship is worth the time and investment.

When we research appropriate lighting, heat, humidity, & diet for any reptile, it can be overwhelming and seem like rocket science! Getting conflicting answers to our queries online & in reference books doesn’t help matters any.

A tip we can offer is this:  Never take any one answer or suggestion for lizard care as the definite answer. Take notes of information from multiple sources and notice how many claim something is true, from what your lizard should never eat to how warm the basking area should be.

Rely on what seems to be the best guidelines based on your findings, then just be aware of changes in your lizards behavior, appetite & pooing frequency. If all seems well after a few weeks, chances are, you’ve done an excellent job of supplying needs to your new friend!

* Hassle-free shopping below:

Here is an ultra convenient, one-stop shop for all the hardware you need for your lizard, from the enclosure, to the light fixtures and bulbs, and even a hammock for a happy lounging lizard!!

Ideal for Bearded Dragons (adult size is up to 24 in./60+ cm.) and other species of near similar size and requirements, such as Leopard Geckos (adult size is up to 10 in./25+cm.)  and some species of Uromastyx (often  up to 18 in./45+cm. – know which species you’re getting, the U. aegyptia reaches 91 cm. which = 36 inches).

We’ve done the research friends! Measurements have been calculated & reviews have been read! Some of these products we use currently,  others we don’t,  simply because of what we already have.  We’ve done the work so you don’t have to!

Many will agree all lizards offer joy to their humans, they can be funny and loving and many of them actually love to cuddle when they are sleepy! They can be highly intelligent & full of personality!

The larger lizards we have had the pleasure of knowing, a Green Iguana and our Bearded Dragons were/are very special, they have, without a doubt, shown love in return for our own. We hope you & any beautiful lizard you choose will have many happy years together!

We’re about to help make that happen! A portion of the purchases you make by clicking on the items below – and making the purchases within 24 hours will be donated to aid facilities that save and support abused, neglected, & tortured reptiles! For more information, stay tuned in by ‘following‘ us with Lil’ Murph at Lizardplanet.com. You will receive occasional emails to let you know when we’ve posted something informative or fun. We will periodically share which facility(s) or ‘No-Kill’ shelter(s) we’ve helped together!

Let’s begin the shopping process, shall we? Here’s what you need and why:

Just click on the images! 🙂

For your enclosure, select the one you feel fits your style and needs. For a baby Bearded Dragon, for example, you could start with, a small, cheaper, 20 gallon capacity tank, which, when used for reptiles = dimensions of roughly 24” wide x 12” deep x 16” tall, but realize they grow up quickly.

Bigger is better here because you’re going to save money in the long run if you buy the enclosure that suits your lizard for all the years of his/her life. She or he will spend many hours caged in, so it’s vital to not be cruel and give them space!

Step 1: Choose your lizard. Before you purchase, rescue, or adopt one (internet search engines will help you do this, as will we, if needed, via the ‘contact page , don’t forget to investigate how large they will get & how many years you might enjoy your beautiful new friend. It’s important you are certain you want this commitment & will be a loyal friend for all his or her days.

Step 2: You chose your lizard! It’s time to choose the enclosure while considering where in your home it will look fantastic! Lizards often enjoy looking out a window, but that doesn’t always work out. It’s okay.

Now that you’ve selected the species and the enclosure. You need an item to elevate the enclosure…

Step 3: You can choose below how to do this based on the enclosure you really like. If you have a sturdy piece of furniture already or would like to build your own stand, that’s great!! Keep in mind the weight capacity for such an item!

This sturdy item will accommodate the largest enclosure option with a little extra room on the sides. It will house cords, extra bulbs, and other items for your new pet. :

This item is suited for the smaller enclosure, looks great, and also will house all those little extras! :

Step 4: You will need special fixtures for the vital bulbs your lizard needs. You will place the UVA/full-spectum (your lizard MUST have this exposure) bulb in one socket, in the other, can be the infrared bulb to add more heat to get the basking area to the temperature it needs to be (research what that temp. is for your lizard). If your home is cold at night, you may place a warming nightlight in one of the sockets (all bulbs are offered below). :

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UVB is a necessity! Without it, many lizards will, without a doubt, get Metabolic Bone Disease. It is good, but not necessary to have UVB shining down the entire length of the enclosure, but definitely at the basking area where your lizard will spend most of his or her time.

Bearded Dragons need to be roughly 6 -8 inches from the UVB source of the 10.0 bulb when basking (research this in regards to your lizard species). I do not recommend anything less. However, it isn’t uncommon to buy a UVB fixture with possibly a 5.0 bulb included. If you must use a lesser UVB output than 10.0, raise the basking area so your lizard is closer to heat & vital output, and get a stronger bulb as soon as possible. Here are options of 18 (45.72cm.) and 24 (60.92cm.) inches UVB fixtures:

Step 5: Buy the bulbs. In so doing, always verify that your fixtures safely accommodate the wattage and voltage of the bulbs you intend to use & the bulbs fit the fixture size.

The option below is simply a nightlight. It isn’t necessary unless you need to keep it warmer inside the enclosure overnight.

Step 6: We have to plug these fixtures into a reliable electrical source. You may also set the lights to a timer. This turns the lights on or off at the times you program the timer to do so. Here are plug options. :

Consider how many plugs you have for your setup, how you’ll arrange it, & which power source works for you.

Step 7: Pick the substrate – right here I want to state I have not yet used the Excavator. It looks fun to do. If you choose, you probably don’t need to do the entire enclosure floor. Maybe you can do half Excavator, and half sand. That being stated, if you observe your lizard ingesting a concerning amount of substrate, such as sand, and is not pooing frequently enough, change to something else. Impaction is a deadly concern here. If all else fails, supply newspaper for the poo, or a collection of old, used sheets that are easily washable, which you can lay down as a bedding. Lizards actually appreciate something soft too curl up to anyway. I do not recommend the reptile carpet because I think it is too difficult to keep clean. You don’t want your lizard getting in the poo.

Now it’s time to perfect that basking area and status of the enclosure overall in regards to heat/humidity

Step 8: Check the temperature for their health!

I highly suggest you get a second opinion, digitally. Once in a while, check the accuracy of your thermostat with this (you can check the surface temperature of other things too – out of curiosity. :

Step 9: It’s time to accessorize! It’s the funnest step after choosing your lizard companion. I will inform you the background option below changes prices with the size you select… and yes, I know there’s a fogless shower mirror down there, but lizards usually look at how lovely there are! A safety tip: make sure everything is secure, that nothing will fall or flop over. HAVE FUN!

I recommend using a harness when venturing outdoors with your vulnerable lizard who needs protected from people, cars, snakes, etc.

Finally, the diet is what needs thought of. Calcium powder is important. You may also need a multi-vitamin. It is best to research the diet requirements for you lizard. A variety is a must. A lizard being fed only a couple things will become malnourished, just as we would. Watch the oxalates & find out what is toxic to your new friend. Advise caretakers of this as well. Organic & chemical free everything is best, otherwise rinse all produce very well.

For crickets and worms, this is great! It gives them a better life with more space until, well, the end. Don’t forget to feed the crickets & worms fresh food, and maybe even give them a little place to hide. Don’t forget, what they eat, you’re lizard ultimately eats.

We hope this genuinely helped in the decision-making process for you. We are here to help with any questions or concerns via that ‘Contact‘ page! We hope you tap that “follow” button and become our new friends!

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Thank you,

 

 

 

 “Give me Lizardry or give me Death!” – Dawn Renee

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No Butternut Squash For My Beardie

Sigh.

It was a great looking squash.

It held a secret.

There was an intruder.

No signs of forced entry.

No apparent abrasions.

The crime: Butternut Battery.

The sentence: Death by refrigeration.

The Perp:

Exhibit A:                                                                     Exhibit B:

This squash was purchased last week. Murph was going to enjoy the final 1/3 of it, but not now. What I do, is after washing my darling lizard’s veggies, I slice off that which will be eaten & then toss the remainder into the refrigerator drawer. When I use it again I slice off the air-dried tip, toss it outside for a wild creature to eat & give to Murph another section of stated vegetable.That means this food has been cold for quite some time.

After purchasing the groceries & getting them home, I placed most of the vegetables into the refrigerator immediately. I do not know if the multi-legged perpetrator was DOA or if the coldness killed him or her. I know that insects will often get so cold they cannot move, so in case it was alive I put the whole thing outside. It resembles a superworm, a commonly purchased food supply for lizards:

3. Stages of Super worm Source:https://www.shutterstock.com/search?search_source=base_landing_page&langua ge=en&searchterm=super+worms&image_type=all

…except it was darker, with a shorter body, and legs more like a caterpillar’s. I was grossed out by the unwarranted surprise, but wished (if it was dead as it appeared) it had passed away untrapped in our squash… outside, perhaps in the sunlight.

When I sliced the squash, it appeared as though a nasty bruise was in the flesh of it.

I hypothesized that it looked like no ordinary bruise.

I investigated.

I performed an autopsy with a surgeon’s accuracy, slicing carefully at the exact spot of suspicion. As seen in Exhibit B, the lighting of such reveals an unmarred insect individual.

My conclusion was correct.

The moral of the story is this: A bruise may tell a much deeper story, not all bruises are from bumps, not all bruises are visible, and finally, the living or the dead can be discovered at any moment – when or where we least expect it.

Lil’ Murph will be happy with his medley of food without the squash. I have to tell you, the next food items I prepared were organic arugula & a banana. Guess what. The banana was horribly bruised & soft. I had a passing paranoia directly after the encounter within the squash, so the banana was launched. It had a graceful flight out the back door to land as a meal for a critter or improve soil quality, or something, I don’t know. Check those bruises!

 

*superworm photo from:    https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Stages-of-Super-worm_fig4_328551486

 

 

“Give me Lizardry or give me Death! – ♥ Dawn Renee

 

 

 

 

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My Lizard Ate A Bee! What Lizard Parents Need To Know:

Lightning Bugs (Fireflies) will kill your scaly sweety, and never let him or her eat rhubarb! Avocados are toxic to many creatures! Lettuce has nearly no nutrition! These are just a few important things to learn of.

One sunny day, Copper (seen below) ate a bee! I never took my eyes off her. Instantly, a bee teleported itself directly in front of her. She ate it with hyperspeed! I grabbed her, held her tightly and cried like a baby! I thought, “Any minute now I’m going to lose her.” I raced inside to research what I can do or what will happen. I learned she should be fine to digest the bee (ech, & poor bee) & may very well not get stung!

 

Other things are surprisingly detrimental though!

Foods high in oxalates or oxalic acids are a good thing to know about. Please see the links below to learn more.

https://www.beardeddragoncare101.com/avoid-feeding-bearded-dragon/

http://www.moonvalleyreptiles.com/uromastyx/uromastyx-diet/oxalates-goitrogens-toxins

The following is an informative bit I found here: https://reptile-savvy.weebly.com/oxalates.html

Oxalates chiefly affects calcium but also has an affect with magnesium metabolism. Calcium Oxalic acid binds calcium and forms calcium oxalate which is insoluble, indigestible crystals. Therefore, calcium oxalate adversely effects the absorption and utilisation of calcium in the animals’ body.

Spinach, for example, contains a high level of calcium, but the oxalic acid it also contains binds up all but about 5% of it during the digestion process, working at a rate of 1 unit of oxalic acid binding up almost 100 units of calcium. Vitamin A can help reduce the effect a little. A positive feature of oxalic acid is that the crystals help clean the digestive system and may offer some other benefits in small amounts. Foods high in oxalic acid include spinach, kale, lettuce, broccoli, swiss chard and parsley. A varied diet can prevent any nutritional issue, as well as careful and moderate feeding of foods high in oxalic acid.

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It’s easy to get bogged in the details of things scientific, metabolic, and more, in regards to proper lighting, their outputs and distances from different reptiles. All this, and the learning of diet do’s and don’ts can be overwhelming.

No lizard deserves being the victim of negligence in learning. We must try to not make a dreadful mistake! If you need to know more on lighting, my post Lighting for Lizards has some information.

A quick way to navigate through the rigmarole concerning their diets is to keep this in mind:

  1. DO RESEARCH ABOUT WHAT IS DANGEROUS TO DIGEST AND DON’T GIVE THEM THESE THINGS.
  2. MAKE A LIST OF WHAT MULTIPLE SOURCES CLAIM TO BE IDEAL FOR DAILY INTAKE (NEVER RELY ON ONLY ONE PERSON’S OPINION). THEN, DON’T HAVE WORRIES ABOUT THESE THINGS.
  3. IF A FOOD IS VERY NUTRITIOUS WITH NEEDED VITAMINS AND MINERALS, BUT THERE IS CONCERN PERTAINING TO IT’S HIGH OXALATES, FOR EXAMPLE, JUST BE MODERATE WHEN OFFERING IT TO YOUR REPTILE.
  4. KEEP THIS AS A LOG YOU CAN REFER TO LATER. IT’S ALSO GOOD FOR HOUSE-SITTERS AND CARE-GIVERS TO HAVE IN THEIR POSSESSION IF YOU TRAVEL.
  5. YOU COULD CATEGORIZE YOUR FINDINGS AS:  “NEVER GIVE,              WILL KILL”,        “ALL THEY WANT”,     AND    “GIVE ONLY OCCASIONALLY IN SMALL AMOUNTS”                                                                                                                Another something you may want to convey to your reptile care-givers is that it is not wise to not allow them to eat any insects found outdoors. They may have parasites or gotten into chemicals. If they are fed plants from outside that is known to be safe for them to eat, know first that they also have no chemical residue upon them. One could also leave the name and telephone number of an exotic animal veterinarian if the um, babysitter needs to get your sweety seen.

I will recommend organic food. These may be rinsed due to bacteria that can be found in soil and manure. If un-chemically treated produce isn’t accessible, rinse very well and pat dry. There’s some bad stuff in the water too. Personally, I’ve read much about effects of flouride (I don’t think it’s for our teeth) and the chemicals used to “clean” the water. There are some filtration systems that remove flouride along with the other stuff. If these cannot be obtained, any form of filtered water will have to do. Here’s just one thing about some of the water.

Pesticides kill things, so whatever that is, it’s not good for any of us. It also has been claimed they negatively effect the cancer-killing enzymes found naturally in what should be healthy food.

The FDA & others may state something is safe up to a certain dosage, that may or may not be so. I’m not trying to induce a sense of paranoia in the realms of food and drink. I’m simply stating we need to be cautious regarding a number of things to develop a balanced approach to the best choices possible for our loved ones, based on gathered information.

IF YOUR REPTILIAN DARLING NEEDS YOUR HELP BECAUSE THEY SEEM SICK OR TIRED, COLLECT A STOOL SAMPLE, IF YOU CAN,  IN A ZIPLOCK BAG, YOU CAN SQUEEZE OUT SOME AIR AROUND THE FECAL MATTER. THIS HELPS THE DEPENDABILITY OF THE RESULTS (do not allow feces to contact anything & wash hands after handling).

LAY PITIFUL BABY ON A BLANKIE IN A BOX OR HAVE A RIDE – ALONG PAL TO HOLD HIM OR HER TO VISIT THE VETERINARIAN. SOME VETS WILL LET YOU DROP OFF THE SAMPLE WITH THE COST OF THE FECAL TEST. CALL AN EXOTIC ANIMAL VET TO GET DETAILS.

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Man, Murph loves his orange pillow!

THEY’RE SO WORTH IT.

*If you want to know about Copper, she can be found here and here. These are sad stories folks. She was special to her family. Pain-of-loss aside, there’s a beautiful thing within.

“Give me Lizardry or give me Death!” – Dawn Renee♥