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No more fur - A LIZARD

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: No more fur - A LIZARD
By Northcountrymom on Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:03 pm:

My son did everything I asked re: a project on reptiles especially lizards. Wrote and performed a puppet show. Did a science fair project. All were excellent. The reward is sitting in a tank 20 feet away - a juvenile bearded dragon. A whole new pet world.

Will keep you all posted on the implications - like that it has no fur and lives in a tank.

Anyone else living with a reptile?????

By Enchens on Friday, June 4, 2010 - 12:57 pm:

My boys think your son has the coolest pet ever!

No pets here. We have lizards in the backyard they try to catch but I've made the rule, "No wildlife in the house!" lol

So, what does it look like?

And WTG to your ds!

By Northcountrymom on Friday, June 4, 2010 - 11:50 pm:

Thanks - I have to admit he's pretty cool.

I had to be persuaded. We looked at lizards in person and on line for months before we took one home.

My son originally wanted a chameleon, unfortunately, they are stressed by being handling. Gecko's can lose their tails and iguanas can become huge. It was between a Uro Mastyx and a "beardie" as they are affectionately called.

Beardies are friendly. They actually call them lap lizards. They like hanging out with humans. This one watches TV with my son - they sit outside together and look at whatever there is to see.

He does require a lot of daily care.

He literally has a beard that frames his little face. He's only 7 inches long but he can become as much as 18 inches.

If you do get a lizard - this one is preferred for a family - they're actually social - who knew a social lizard!

By Feona on Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 10:25 am:

Do they smell?

By Northcountrymom on Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 08:54 pm:

He's not like a turtle or fish or a water creature - no water, no filters etc., so no algae, water bacteria. Lives in sand. Like showers or baths. Does need heat lamp and UVB lamp. I don't know about all lizards but this one is virtually odorless. I think its because there are no oils, no perspiration - some barely need water and he eats lots of leafy green vegetables, fruits, other veggies and select small insects.

One footnote - not for young children - like many birds, they are easily traumatized or killed.

By Enchens on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 07:33 pm:

A social lizard, cool. He doesn't seem to need too much equipment, it seems like. Worth looking into owning one if the boys are interested. (And if Daddy says yes.)

By Feona on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 07:04 am:

This dog is alot of work. Just so everyone know. More work than a child!

You don't have to take a child out to pee and poo
for 20 minutes several times a day. Luckily everyone else is stepping up with the work.

Babies wear diapers - dogs don't. Dogs are much more work than babies.

By Northcountrymom on Friday, June 11, 2010 - 02:16 am:

Enchens,

This one's great but I definitely recommend looking at different lizards up close and personal with the kids and husband over time before taking one home. Definitely visit a few places that sell, rescue and display lizards. We spent months studying and looking. Because of that process we ended up with a totally different creature then what we were thinking about originally.

Look at the habitats (size, heating, light) and lifestyle (e.g. active, climber, (nocturnal (up at night) vs. diurnal( awake during the day)etc. to make sure you can handle that in your house.

Also look at the ultimate size and what they eat. There are some I would never take home - too big, too fussy, too aggressive, too delicate, too antisocial or timid, too much special care.


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