How Much Does a Lizard Cost?
A lizard is a reptile that is often kept as a pet and can be found in many homes throughout America. Along with its scaly skin, a lizard can have different characteristics and can come in many shapes, sizes, and forms. Common types of lizards include the Komodo dragon and gecko. The cost of this exotic pet will depend on the type of lizard, the breeder selling the lizard, the age and the size.
How much is it?
- On average, a lizard can cost anywhere from $5 for the most common lizard to as much as $700 for an exotic, rare breed. The average purchase will more than likely be within the $5 to $150 range.
- Smaller lizards, such as a gecko, that can fit in the palm of your hand can often cost $5 to $175. A gecko tends to be the most common lizard that is found as a pet.
- A larger lizard such as an iguana can cost anywhere from $20 to $55 depending upon the size. An iguana can grow to be as large as five feet long.
- The specialty breeds will often command a higher price tag that ranges anywhere from $100 to as much as $400.
What are the extra costs?
- Depending upon the size of the lizard, an aquarium will be necessary in order for it feel its natural habitat. For a smaller lizard, plan on getting an aquarium that is at least 10 gallons. It is best to budget anywhere from $20 to as much as $550 for this.
- The aquarium will require other fixtures such as a heating lamp, automatic timer, plants, and more. Since most lizards are used to a desert atmosphere, an aquarium will have to mimic this.
- Depending upon the breed of lizard, most are going to eat something along the lines of vegetables, crickets, and even baby food. Most say that it is best to budget $40 to $125 per month to adequately feed your lizard.
- Rarer lizards may have to be purchased across state lines. Because of this, you will have to pay shipping fees in order to get the lizard safely to your door. Shipping fees can start at $50 and can be even more depending upon the carrier.
- Like any animal, visits to the vet may be required throughout the life of the pet. The typical vet visit can start at $45.
What is going to be included?
- A local adoption center or breeder will often include start-up items such as food, a temporary shelter, and even a guide on how to properly care for your lizard.
- For a rarer species, many legitimate breeders will often include a pet insurance policy that will protect your investment for up to 90 days.
Tips to know:
- Always make sure that you get a lizard that has not been caught in the wild. A lizard that is caught in the wild tends to have diseases and even health problems. They will also not be likely to survive in a tank.
- Always make sure that you purchase or adopt from a reputable breeder. Be sure to research their organization online or even perform a search to get a good idea.
How can I save money?
- If you really do not care what type of lizard you purchase, consider adopting one. In fact, many lizards can often be adopted for free if you check classifieds online.
- Since most lizards tend to hatch in the summertime months, the supply can be rather high. Consider waiting until this period to see what kind of deals you can find.