Unfortunately, one of the most common lizards found in pet stores, the iguana, is not a great choice for beginners, largely due to their size (up to six feet!) and tendency to become aggressive at maturity, as well as their specific diet and environmental needs. Many lizards have very specific requirements when it comes to heat, humidity, light (especially special bulbs that emit UVA and UVB light), and diet. However, a couple of lizards stand out for their suitability for beginners and availability.
Lizards come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. They range from 6 foot long aggressive meat eaters like monitors, to hand sized insectivores that enjoy being held like Leopard Geckos, all the way to small skittish fruit eaters like Day Geckos. No matter what you want out of a pet, chances are there’s a lizard that’s right for you.