There are many lizards that are herbivorous and exclusively eat plants, while there are also some lizards that are omnivorous or carnivorous. Most pet lizards are omnivorous and need a variety of food including plants, insects and fruit to meet nutritional requirements.
There are over 3,800 recorded species of lizards. Small lizards survive mostly on insects and plants. Iguanas are herbivorous and enjoy a diet of plants, vegetables and fruit. Bearded dragons are omnivorous and eat plants in addition to crickets and mice. Larger lizards like the komodo dragon are typically carnivorous and hunt prey that includes deer and pigs.Learn More
Gila monsters live primarily in Arizona and Mexico. They can also be found in southeastern California, southern Nevada, corners of Utah and parts of New Mexico.Full Answer >
Some lizards reproduce by laying eggs, while others give birth to live young. The lizard's mode of reproduction depends on its species. Iguanas, geckos and monitor lizards lay eggs; Solomon Island, blue-tongue and shingle-backed skinks reproduce by live birth.Full Answer >
Chinese water dragons are omnivorous, but the bulk of their diet should consist of live crickets, mealworms, earthworms, locusts, grasshoppers and feeder fish. Shredded vegetables and small chunks of fruit can make up 10 to 15 percent of their diet. Chinese water dragons prefer a varied diet and may refuse food if bored; ideally, owners should change the type of food offered daily to keep their appetites interested.Full Answer >
The greatest enemy of the desert monitor lizard has always been mankind. In the 1970s, desert monitors were hunted for their skins, which led to great declines in their population and to the placement of the animal on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.Full Answer >