Bearded dragons are native to Australia, inhabiting open woodland, savannah and desert areas. They can often be seen basking on stumps and rocks during sunny times of the morning and afternoon.
They get their name from the spiky beard on their throat, which turns black when the lizard is stressed. Bearded dragons commonly reach around 40cm – 50cm when adult, although larger specimens can be found. In the wild these lizards will generally loive to around 5-8 years, but will good care a pet Beardie can live for up to 14 years.
Beardies are easy to care for, providing you have the right equipment. Their relatively small size, friendly nature and characterful behaviour make them and interesting and rewarding pet.
Entertaining! Bearded dragons will bob their head and wave their arms to communicate with other bearded dragons. Your beardie might even display these same behaviours to you!
Leopard geckos are native to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Southern Asia and parts of India, inhabiting dry, rocky deserts and grassland. Pet Leopard geckos grow to be around 20cm - 25cm in length and have an average lifespan of around 20 years, but some live much longer.
Many people think that Leopard geckos are nocturnal, but they are in fact crepuscular and active during the morning and evening. They have a few interesting features, such as the ability to drop their tails when stressed or captured. The tail grows back, but it is never the same or as attractive as the original. They’re a terrestrial lizard and don’t have sticky feet like most geckos, which means that they spend most of their time on the ground. Also unlike most geckos, they have moveable eyelids. They’re one of the few types of gecko that can blink!
Leopard geckos are probably the most popular pet lizard in Europe and America and it’s easy to see why. They’re small and easy to handle and they’re easy to keep if you have the right equipment. As most people believe that Leopard geckos do not need UVB lighting, it is relatively cheap to set up an enclosure.
Did you know?... If you incubate Leopard gecko eggs at 32°C most of the hatchlings will be male. At 26°C, most will be female.
Corn snakes get their name because they are often found near grain stores, attracted to the presence of mice and rats that eat the harvested corn. They are native to South eastern and central parts of North America and have become one of the most popular reptile pets in the world. They’re friendly, relatively small, easy to keep and available in a vast array of colours, making them an ideal beginners’ snake. Corns can grow to be around 2 metres (6ft) long and can live for over 20 years.