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Old 05-18-03, 06:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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small Hey im a 14 guy who wants first lizard NOT A SNAKE. Ok so i heard chamelions are stress bombs so that takes them out . I want him/her to be like i dont care if anyone holds me, and please make him/her a vegetarian, cause my mom cant stand crickets or worms. Oh ya i live in NV so it gets PRETTY hot (90-120') in the summer break out the ac
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Hmm...that's a tough one. I'm really a snake person, but I'll try to help you out. One option is to search Google with keywords like "lizard care sheet vegetable" and see what you come up with. I'm no expert, but I believe most lizards eat crickets or some other invert at some point in their lifespan. Iguanas are an exception to that, but they *do not* make good pets for most people, and especially not as a first lizard.

Personally, I wouls say either an Anole or a Bearded Dragon would be good lizards to start with. I'm not sure about the Anole, but Beardeds definitely do eat crickets. Maybe the best thing would be to talk to your mom about her aversion to inverts. I have a Monitor lizard who eats crickets and an occasional wax worm, but I don't keep them in the house. My local pet store gut loads their feeders, so I just buy them a few at a time when I need them. I have a bag of ten crickets on a shelf at home right now...but that's about as many as I ever have at a time. If you have a garage or shed you could keep them there. Crickets don't really chirp much, eiher, so they're not as noisy to keep as you'd expect.

Well, try that Google search, and also ask this question in one of the lizard forums. Good luck, and keep us posted!

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Go with an Uromastyx.
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Wanting a completely vegetarian lizard narrows things down a bit. As SnowSnake suggested a Uromastyx would be a good choice, also a desert iguana I think could meet your needs. It is smaller than a green iguana staying between 14-18".

Type in vegetarian lizard in search engines and read up on a few care sheets.

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I think a Uromastyx would be perfect
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or an iguana,but they get 3-4 ft sometimes 5,i know because i have 1.hes about 2 feet and eats 1 fourth lettuce head and 20 small carrots a day.
i would go with the anole if you dont know much about lizards.they dont require much and are fun to have.hope this helps
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you can go with uramostatyx or chuckwalla's they both are vegitarians and need lots and lots of heat
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DESERT IGUANAS! CHUCKWALLAS!
Two VERY neat things... and need that kinda heat!
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Uromastyx is a good choice i have a Mali and a Orange Uromastyx
but keep in mind that they also like the thing's your mother don't like (crickets , and other little bug's) All lizards eat the odd crickets and things Good luck when you get your new lizard
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garterguy... I hope you are not feeding your iguana iceburg lettuce. It has absolutely NO nutritional value. Your iguana needs a much more varied veggie diet as well (corn, beans, dark green leafy veggies, etc.). Iguanas do not make good beginner pets. They will reach 6 feet and have attitude problems sometimes.

Yes, Uro's will eat bugs once in a while. Giving crickets as a treat is good. You can also put an aloe plant in with it and it will nibble on it as well
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how are chuckwalla and uromastyxs attitudes?
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There is one breed of Uro that has a bad attitude, I don't remember if it was the Egyptian :dumb: Do more research, most Uro's are quite friendly with an awesome personality.
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no no no i do not feed it iceburg lettuce.i give him a type of lettuce called Kunzu lettuce,it is very high in nutrition but it is expensive.and i am not a beginner.DO NOT give your iguana beans or corn!they are too high in protein and will shorten an iguanas life 5-6 years due to kidney faliure and can cause growth stunts.spinach leaves,carrots,brocoli.Kunzu lettuce,pears,squash and occaisonal calcium pellets is what i use and after a year he is already 2 and a half feet long and knows how to shake!
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Sorry garterguy if I took your post out of context. You said lettuce and carrots, and didn't specify what lettuce. I hadn't heard that about corn or beans, but when you add the fruit as well as bulk veggies and dark greens, then corn or beans would be in a small amount anyway. Would even a such a small amount be so dangerous?

Congrats on teaching the Ig to shake. Now you need to video tape it and send it to Planet's Funniest Animals or something, LOL
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