Many of today’s reptile keepers are very well informed consumers who have done their research online about the furry lizard they’re about to acquire. There are also a number of popular shows that focus on reptiles and amphibians from around the world that help broaden the average person’s understanding of these exotic and rare animals.
Among the most common misconceptions that appears to be held by the majority of newbie reptile fans is that all big lizards are Komodo Dragons. Komodos seem to be the King Kong of the Monitor Lizards with their impressive size and their infamous name. The fact is that only zoos can house, display and breed Komodo Dragons and every single one is the land of the Indonesian Government which strictly prohibits the access to these rare creatures. They’re located on five Islands in Indonesia where they are a huge attraction for tourists and bring in a large portion of the regional peoples income. Although a close relative of the Komodo Lizard that gets really large in size is the Indonesian Water Monitor, those animals can be sold and aren’t protected so they are normally the source of the misconception.
Another misconception about lizards available in captivity is based on the Caiman Lizards of Central America. These brightly colored cousins of the Tegu Lizard have a broad plated body that is extremely close in appearance to their namesake the South American Caiman. They grow to a manageable adult size of four feet in length and are normally found on or near tree branches across hanging rivers in Paraguay, Peru and Colombia. Even though they have very sharp teeth that they use to capture and crush their prey composed of snails, fish and invertebrates, Caiman Lizards in captivity are calm and easy to handle. They may also be stored on a diet consisting of canned food, frozen snails and ground turkey or track and tegu diet.
Another misconception is that all lizards are able to regenerate their tails when in fact this is a rather confusing ability for some lizards and geckos while an impossibility others. Even though the regenerated tail won’t ever look the same as the first the replacement is practical and a whole lot better than a stump. It is even possible for some of those animals to grow a forked or branched tail if the damaged are is minor and not a complete break.
While many questions regarding Lizards and their habits and habitats have been answered by the hard work of researchers and breeders around the world there are still many fascinating facts that will come to light later on. As always do your due diligence and find out about the individual pet lizard’s needs in regards to diet, lighting, habitat size and longevity before buying anything.
We have more interesting posts to come in future.