Hey all. I have always been fascinated with Reptiles but have never had one as a pet. I have been thinking that I would like to start with one snake and one lizard. It can't be anything thats will grow to be too big. I would like to start simple and work up. Also I would like pets that can occasionally be removed from their terrariums and not be too jumpy. (I think a Tokay gecko is out of the question there).
What pets do you all suggest that are good as far as being held?

I have been told Corn Snakes are good and can be good enough size but yet not overwhelmingly big.
What about for lizards?
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Hey all. I have always been fascinated with Reptiles but have never had one as a pet. I have been ... told Corn Snakes are good and can be good enough size but yet not overwhelmingly big. What about for lizards?

First read the care sheets. Leopard geckos sometime don't mind being held. I have 4. 2 will walk into my hand if i put it on the floor of their tank. my other 2 females are getting use to me but still don't like to be held. 50/50 chance better if you get an adult and can hold it before you buy it. i got 3 as hatchlings 1 was a year old. the year old male always has liked to be held. Corn snakes are good too. Bearded dragons get big but not too big. but again depends on the animals personality.
They requre more care with lighting and heating then a leos. If your thinking about an iguana adopt one dont buy one. But what ever do you research first. This is a good place to start.
Thanks Rev
Actually you aren't the first one to tell me that Leopard Geckos make nice pets. I just remember from reading in several books that Tokays have a nasty disposition and even a nastier bite. But they do make an interesting sound from what I understand.
Thanks Rev Actually you aren't the first one to tell me that Leopard Geckos make nice pets. I just remember ... have a nasty disposition and even a nastier bite. But they do make an interesting sound from what I understand.

crested gecko are also nice. and from what i read easier then leos to take care of
I have been told Corn Snakes are good and can be good enough size >but yet not overwhelmingly big. What about for lizards?

Bearded dragon or leopard gecko.
I have been told Corn Snakes are good and can be good enough size >butyet not overwhelmingly big. What about for lizards?

Bearded dragon or leopard gecko.

Leopard Geckos seem very popular.. I may have to look into that. Thank you
Cornsnakes are the most recommended beginner snake for a reason. Yes, there are occasional exceptions to the rule as with any animal. There are so many to choose from but I suggest starting with a normal.

The thing you need to do is handle the snake before you buy. Everyone wants a baby, but they aren't always the best choice. If you get one a year or two old, you'll know it's feeding, they're hardier than hatchlings and will be able to tell the temperament easily.
I just got 2 bearded dragon juveniles a few weeks ago and am madly in love with them already. They would be my recommendation if you read up on them and decide you want to go to the trouble of keeping them correctly. Most lizards need UVB lighting and it's a must for beardies. The young eat mostly insects, but plant food should be offered in increasing amounts as they grow.
Get some books at the library and hang out at pet stores (but don't believe everything they tell you) and check their "for sale" board to see if you can find a breeder. Many times hobby breeders are happy to help you and offer advice even for weeks after your purchase.

Later,
janetlee
Even if you're on the right track,
you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Leopard geckos all the way.
-cat
My first snake was a Columbian redtail boa. I've had her for 18 years and never regretted it.
Bearded dragons are great, friendly little lizards. DO NOT get a green iguana or a water dragon - two of the most commonly seen and least expensive lizards, and not good for beginners.
Cindy
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