What is the best large lizard to own?
I want a large lizard in the future and im curious what you lizard owners think is the smartest/best reptile to own
I want something thats going to get a good size like no smaller than my arm
(Baby aggression is okay)
Im kinda stuck between a sav monitor and a tegu but i also really like water monitors
Of course whatever i choose i do months and months of research before getting one!!! And im willing to build a huge enclosure and feed proper diet :]
- Nekkid Truth!Lv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
I see a lot of people keeping Argentine tegus.
Columbian tegus look similar, but Im told they are cheaper and often not as tame as the Argentine.. If you are buying a tegu and wanting an Argentine, be sure to recognize the difference, as there are people who will sell columbians as argentines to rip people off.
A representative from a herp rescue told me savs are either puppy dog tame.. Or total @$$holes... There's no inbetween with their temperament.
Someone suggested Uros.. Which to my knowledge are similar in size to beardies.. Maybe more heavily bodied.
- daniel gLv 72 months ago
Green iguanas top the list with monitors close seconds. Argentine tegu has become rather popular, and the Nile monitor is common. The latter can get longer than you are tall, is that long enough?
- Book ShelfLv 72 months ago
Argentine tegu or possibly Egyptian uromastyx. The dietary habits of these species are much better understood and easier to acquire than Savannah monitors.
Some other possibilities are caiman lizards and Solomon Islands monkey tailed skinks. These have some unique enclosure requirements, however.
- joeparker67Lv 62 months ago
Well large lizards are more for experienced keepers. If you get bit by a large monitor lizard or tegu you will be going to the hospital. You should have years of experience with smaller species and move up to large ones later. Reading about them doesn’t give you experience
A baby water monitor could be 3 -4 feet in a year or two and a bite will cause lots of damage. Maybe by the time it’s big you would be able to handle it. If not you’re in for some painful bites
This pic is a bite from a croc monitor or water if I remember right.
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- 2 months ago
Fang here is looking for a new home. Apparently he's very fond of children.
- 2 months ago
I think iguanas are popular and fun.
I myself had a dragon, but then she got too big for me to keep in the hangar. I released her and wished her well. It was very bittersweet.