Lizards are fascinating creatures and can make enjoyable pets for the right owner, but they do require a lot of care and attention to ensure that they stay healthy. They are not adapted to live in the temperate, wet climate of the UK and simple changes in care can have dramatic consequences. There are many species to choose from including the 'dragons,' chameleons, geckos, iguanas and monitors each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Many first time owners choose a Bearded Dragon as they are suitable for adults and children due to their docile and inquisitive nature. It is now illegal to capture lizards from the wild for the pet trade so the majority of lizards will be bred in the UK. We are extremely experienced in the care and ownership of lizards and are happy to advise anyone from first-time owners to experienced handlers on the best care for their pet.
Whilst they make great pets, lizards also take up a lot of time - they need a good diet, heat sources, suitable substrate and hiding places as well as access to UV light. This can be expensive to both set up and maintain and getting the correct advice is sometimes challenging in itself.
We are very happy to advise you on the correct housing, diet and care requirements of your pet lizards and can provide you with information sheets should you require them. Requirements can vary greatly depending on the species you have chosen to keep.
Common problems we see in lizards are often associated with incorrect housing or diet, such things include:
During consultations, questions we will ask about your lizard include:
For more information regarding UV lighting for reptiles click here: www.uvguide.co.uk
The above list does not indicate approval of these methods nor disapproval of things not included in the list, this depends very much on which species you are keeping. Our practice DOES NOT sell any of the above equipment and DOES NOT have any association with pet shops who may sell it. Advice and opinions are given on a case by case basis, we advise people to do some research themselves.
Try the combinations 'wood chip' 'reptile' and 'death' in any search engine. Also try 'reptile' 'sand' and 'death.'
Very often we need to take x-rays and blood tests of lizards. There are many reasons why testing may be necessary, for more information visit our laboratory testing page. All these costs add up and we advise clients to look at insurance for their lizards. Look at exotic direct: https://www.exoticdirect.co.uk
Contact the practice directly if you require an emergency appointment during opening hours. If you need help urgently out of hours, please refer to the emergency veterinary cover list.
Monday 09.00 - 18.00
Tuesday 09.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 09.00 - 18.00
Thursday 09.00 - 18.00
Friday 09.00 - 18.00
Saturday 09.00 - 12.00
Village Vets Centre Ltd
65 Quarry St
Tel.: 0151 428 8600
Tel.: 0151 428 8600