In this post, we’ll be focussing on some of the most beautiful and easy-to-keep lizards for a beginner. We’ve already had a look at the common leopard gecko and bearded dragon varieties, read on to discover more!
Gold-Dust Day Gecko
Also known as the phelsuma laticauda, the gold-dust day gecko is one of the most beautiful lizards. Its body colour naturally varies from a bright green, to a yellow-tinged green and rarely it appears in blue. As a house pet, due to visual appeal alone the gold-dust day gecko is sure to leave an impression. Native to Madagascar and the island of Comoros, this lizard requires a daytime temperature of 28 degrees centigrade and a night-time temperature of 20 degrees centigrade. As a diurnal species, the gold-dust day gecko will typically be inactive during the night. This lizard requires a large terrarium with a variety of plants, particularly large-leaf varieties. Their diet consists of insects, such as crickets, waxworms, maggots and mealworms. Male lizards are quite irritable, and the species is generally best kept for display, rather than handling. They are also known to wound females, if living together in captivity.
The crested gecko naturally appears in a variety of colours, which include grey, brown, red, orange and yellow. Its intricate bodily features and swathe of colours are sure to attract attention and curiosity. Thought to be extinct, the crested gecko was rediscovered in 1994. Since then, it has become one of the most widely bred and owned species of gecko in the world. Due to their recent rediscovery, figures related to their lifespan in captivity are scarce. However, they are considered to live up to twenty years. Commercially prepared crested gecko foods provide sufficient nutrition, complete with vitamin and mineral supplementation to ensure proper growth.