9 Best Pet Lizards and Snakes for Beginners

Dale Carter

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African Fire Skink

A stunning pet with vibrant red and black scales, reaching about 15 inches long, ideal for a 20-gallon tank or larger, low maintenance and active.

Ball Python

Small size and ability to curl into a ball, are friendly and well-suited for handling. With a diet of fresh or frozen rodents, they typically grow to 2-4 feet.

Bearded Dragon

Low-maintenance, sociable lizards that can be trained to walk on a leash and enjoy time outside their enclosure, a length of about two feet.

Blue Tongued Skink

Are docile and low-maintenance pets that enjoy basking. Despite their weight of up to 4 pounds, they typically stay around 18-20 inches long


Versatile eaters, consuming feeder mice in captivity and birds, mice, rats, and other snakes in the wild, but may nip if not habituated properly.

Corn Snake

As they require simple setups, tolerate various humidities, and are generally docile and easy to feed. With a wide array of morphs.

Crested Gecko

A remarkable comeback as breeders brought them to the US, becoming a popular gecko species. With distinctive features like spiny backs.

Gargoyle Gecko

Are visually intriguing and easy to care for, making them suitable for beginners. Regular handling is crucial for maintaining their tameness.

Gidgee Skink

Thrive in hot weather and require temperatures ranging from 70-90 degrees in their enclosure, basking surfaces reaching up to 120 degrees.

Mourning Gecko

Are an excellent choice for reptile enthusiasts seeking a colony setup, thriving in groups and preferring warm, humid environments.

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