August 14th Is World Lizard Day
There are some 5,600 species of lizard alive in the world today. World lizard day is a day when enthusiasts get to celebrate their unique pets as a world-wide event.
There are only two known poisonous lizards, the Gila Monster and the Mexican Beaded Lizard. And no I haven’t missed a letter “r” in the spelling :-).
Some say there is a third poisonous lizard, the Komodo Dragon, but, according to sources, that has not yet been proven.
Two of the most popular lizards as pets are the Leopard Gecko and the Bearded Dragon.
At a mere half inch long excluding the tail, the smallest lizard known is the Brookesia Micra from Madagascar. Lizards can be found on all continents with the exception of Antartica.
Why is the Leopard Gecko popular?
The Leopard Gecko is a popular choice for a number of reasons.
- It only needs feeding every second day.
- Newspaper is OK for the base (easy cleaning).
- They are active at night.
- They usually go to the toilet in one corner of their habitat.
- They eat their own shedded skin.
- The cage is a simply a glass house with a wire lid and a heat source at one side.
- A large plastic tub can be used instead.