So what’s the best reptile pet for a beginner to buy? To give you a head start on finding your first reptile pet as we mentioned in the “How to Buy Your First Reptile Pet” article, here’s 4 awesome reptile pets to start your search. These are thought to be good overall first reptile pets. I would give them all an A+!
A good cage for any of these reptile pets would be the ZooMed Naturalistic Terrarium, 18x18x24 available on Amazon.
For a list of the best snake pets, see our article “Top Four Best Snake Pets for Beginners.”
For a more complete list of the best reptile pets, see our article “Top 15 Best Reptile Pets for Beginners.”
1. Bearded Dragon
Bearded Dragons are a very common pet lizard. You can find them in a lot of pet stores that have reptiles, and also at every reptile expo I have gone to. They are usually easily tamed and eat a daily diet of greens, vegetables and insects. I often find myself thinking that ours reminds me of a dinosaur.
They are spiky and their skin is rough, when they are upset they puff up and the spikes can be a little uncomfortable to hold. I have found that most pet dragons rarely bite, as long as you handle them often.
2. Leopard Gecko
Leopard geckos are another common pet lizard. They are geckos but they do not cling to glass and walls, they are ground dwellers. They eat a diet of various bugs (easy to get at pet stores or online) and should eat daily to every other day. Their small size makes a 10 gallon tank an acceptable enclosure throughout their lives. They are usually very docile. They do not require UV light. They require a warm area of approximately 90 degrees in their tank, but should also have a cooler side.
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3. Blue Tongued Skink
Blue Tongued Skinks are a less common pet lizard. I have included them because they do not get to a huge size, although they do need a largish enclosure and seem relatively intelligent as far as reptiles go (meaning it may need more attention.) These lizards have wonderful personalities and actually seek out attention and love to explore. They eat a diet of greens, a little fruit, cooked meat, and insects. You can only keep one per enclosure as these animals will have territorial fights (territorial meaning fighting over “their property”).
Here’s a good care sheet for these beautiful animals. They do need UV light. Temperature should range from the low 80s to around 100 degrees (F) at their basking area.
4. Crested Gecko
Simple, small geckos that cling to the side of their enclosure. They are small and somewhat fragile but do well as a pet. Their food is a powder you buy and mix up, give it to them daily(or rather nightly, as they are most active at night). They do need to be kept more humid than the other animals listed, however they do not usually require heat, as room temperature(65-80) is the perfect temperature to keep them at. If your home gets too HOT during the summer do not keep these animals. No UV light required.
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Share your experiences with your own Bearded Dragon, Leopard Gecko, Blue-Tongued Skink, or Crested Gecko below in the comments!