The Humane Society of the United States


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These tropical lizards eat flowers, have a flap of skin under their chin, and can grow quite long—some shoot from 5 inches to 5 feet in 5 years. We don't recommend them as pets: They are wild animals and need special care and facilities to be healthy in captivity; they also carry Salmonella.

Questions and Answers about Exotic Animals as Pets

With complex care needs that are difficult to meet, wild and exotic (non-native) animals are unsuitable for home rearing and handling. What's more, countless wild animals suffer and die in the exotic pet trade from atrocious shipping and care methods.

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