I posted this once but it didn't show up:
DD's iguana (3 months old) escaped yesterday outside. We searched for six hours and I've put food out to try to bring him back. Still looking. I believe in hoping for the best, preparing for the worst, so I'm looking at possible replacements. We didn't know how big iguana's get before we bought him (shame on me for not researching - I know - it was an impulse purchase). So I've told DD I'd like to find a lizard that will stay a bit smaller than an iguana. If Spike does come back, we will of course welcome him with open arms. I have no problems keeping him his entire life and dedicating our laundry room to him. But knowing in advance how big they get, I don't plan to get another one.
Can anyone suggest a good smaller (up to 2 feet) lizard that likes to be handled and is diurnal?
So far I'm considering and researching Blue Tongued Skinks, Bearded Dragons and Day Geckos.
I'd like something that won't cost a fortune to buy. Spike was only $15. We already have the set up, so upkeep cost isn't a problem. But looking online and finding lizards selling for several hundred dollars has got me wondering how much they go for around here! I'm off to pet stores today just to see what they have and how much they cost. Taking pictures while there so I'll be able to come home, make sure they are what the store says they are and look up how to care for them.
TIA
Kim
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Don't get a day gecko if you want to handle it.
Blue-tongued skinks and bearded dragons are both good. You might find cheap savannah monitors, but they're not as easy to take care of. Leopard geckos are good, but don't get very large.
How old is DD?
Cindy
They don't have to get large - smaller is fine. Just none that will get over
3 feet! Emotion: smile DD is 11. Young, I know, but I'm doing most of the care anyway.She wants to be a vet when she grows up, so I like to encourage her love of animals. I did have her clean out the cage weekly and when she gets out of school for the summer, she'll be doing the feeding also. I did the daily poop cleaning, since I didn't want to leave poop in the cage until after school. She'll be doing that too this summer, under supervision, of course. If she does end up tiring of the care involved, I'll be happy to take over )
Kim
They don't have to get large - smaller is fine. Just none that will get over 3 feet! Emotion: smile DD ... of course. If she does end up tiring of the care involved, I'll be happy to take over Emotion: smile Kim

If you want something a little exotic without the size, how about a Yellow Ridgetail aka Yellow Ackie? These guys only get about 18-24 inches and most of that is tail! They calm down very nicely, they give you that big monitor look but much easier to take care of! They eat crickets or mice. They are very hearty too.
I've had 2 for about a year now and I love them. I've never been a monitor lover because I was always told the choices where at least 4 feet long and most are bigger than that.
Only drawback-price. They can sell for more than $200 each. They are somewhat new to the herp trade, so the cost may come down, but I'd like the price to stay high. Then you won't have the over breeding of them like you do other lizards.
Just One Man's Opinion!
Jim Smith

Blaming the gun for murder, is like blaming the car for hit and run!
Ahh - sounds nice except for the price! I've got to stay lower range than that. We found some flying and leopard geckos locally so we are looking into those. They also had some other lizards - the jungle amevia comes to mind right off the bat, but she wasn't interested in those. Kim

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Ahh - sounds nice except for the price! I've got to stay lower range than that. We found some flying ... other lizards - the jungle amevia comes to mind right off the bat, but she wasn't interested in those. Kim

Then go with the Blue Tongue Skink. Another exotic animal, without the size. This animal is pretty cool and is can be handled too.

In my opinion, you will find the leopard gecko a really boring pet. Nice first time pet, but after an iguana, a leopard gecko will be like watching paint dry. Try to find an unusual or unique reptile. The cool factor will keep you child's interest in the pet. When they find out that none of their friends have that type of pet, they want to take care of that pet much longer.
Do a Google search on any reptile you may find interesting. There, you will find caresheets and general information. This should help you make a more informed decision.
Good Luck!
Jim Smith

Blaming the gun for murder, is like blaming the car for hit and run!
Then go with the Blue Tongue Skink. Another exotic animal, without the size. This animal is pretty cool and is ... decision. Good Luck! Jim Smith Blaming the gun for murder, is like blaming the car for hit and run!

With all due respect, these are living things. Not something to get "bored" with. How about not getting her any pet until she gets some more responsibility? They're not something that should just be tossed aside when you get bored with them.
Sorry if I came across as harsh but this has really struck a cord with me.
With all due respect, these are living things. Not something to get "bored" with. How about not getting her any ... get bored with them. Sorry if I came across as harsh but this has really struck a cord with me.

The fact is that kids can get bored with any pet. This mom and daughter just lost the family Iguana and were looking for a pet. They didn't want another Iguana, but something exotic. Kids lose interest, that's just the nature of the beast. Show me a kid at the age of 11 that doesn't get bored with most of their possessions! I never made mention of the lizard being tossed aside. The mother stated in one of her previous posts that she wanted a cool pet, one that would keep her daughter's interest. She also said she knew eventually she would take on the role of caregiver. I think that can be said of almost all children and their pets. Dog, cat, snake or lizard, mom or dad usually pick up after the animal and feed it too.
You didn't come of harsh, you just haven't followed the thread.

Jim Smith

Blaming the gun for murder, is like blaming the car for hit and run!
Sorry if I came across as harsh

Nice of you to say sorry for being harsh! I'm going to work on that. )
but this has really struck a cord with me.

"struck a chord" - as in horror-movie-dramatic piano playing. Emotion: smile

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