Lizards new pet of choice

“Keeping lizards as pets has become hugely popular,” says Dr Robert Johnson, President of the Australian Veterinary Association’s Unusual and Exotic Pets special interest group.

“The reptile pet industry in Australia is worth as much as $60 million annually, with the inland bearded dragon and the blue tongue lizard the most popular pets.”

One of the main advantages of keeping a lizard over more traditional pets is the small space required for many species, which makes them ideal for people living in apartment.

They do not require as much maintenance as some other pets and most of the common species get used to humans very easily.

In Australia it is necessary to have a licence to keep a lizard or any other reptile.



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