As a rule, only certain lizards are good for beginners. Many species have fairly complex care requirements for heating, lighting and diet. Some are quite delicate and difficult to care for, and others get quite large and aggressive. There are a few species that are quite hardy and easy to tame and others that are not. Here, we cover a few of the more hardy species you can consider.

  • Leopard Geckos

    The scientific name for leopard gekos is Eublepharis Macularius. They may live 20 or more years and grow to be approximately 8-10 inches long. Their common coloring is yellow and white with black spots (hatchlings start out striped, and gradually change to the spotted appearance). There are several color

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  • Green Anoles

    Species: Anolis carolinensis. Sometimes also called American chameleons, although they are not true chameleons. They can do a color change from green to brown, especially when stressed. Quite readily available in the pet trade. Life span averages around 4 years, although they can live

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  • Blue Tongued Skinks

    Blue tongued skinks are quite and gentle, and quite easily tamed and handled. It is reported that even wild blue tongued skinks will sometimes allow themselves to be picked up without a struggle. Popular as pets, blue tongued skinks or "skinks" are moderately sized lizards native to Australia. They live

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  • Bearded Dragons

    Bearded dragons are generally docile, and their aggressive displays are rarely seen in captivity. It is reported that even wild bearded dragons will sometimes allow themselves to be picked up without a struggle. Popular as pets, bearded dragons or "beardies" are moderately sized lizards native to Australia.

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  • Dr.
    Barbara Booth

    Dr. Barbara Booth moved to Forest City in 2010 with her family. She is married and has one daughter. Her interests include cats, surgery, and exotic pets. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

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    Gretchen Kelly

    Dr. Gretchen Kelly graduated veterinary school from the University of Tennessee. She moved to Forest City with her husband in 2010. She has an interest in internal medicine, radiology, and ophthalmology. She enjoys playing with her many dogs at home.

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    Samantha Freudenthal

    Dr. Samantha Freudenthal is originally from Spartanburg, SC. She attended undergraduate at Presbyterian College and veterinary school at University of Georgia. She has three dogs-a lovable mutt and two Boston Terriers.  She enjoys spending time in the mountains and making crafts, especially if the crafts are for her dogs.