Hygiene Tips for Lizards
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Keeping your lizards hygiene at optimum levels
is a must for healthy development. Your lizards environment
can and will have serious effects on their health. If
fecal and insect matter is not cleaned up everyday,
the build up can ultimately cause fungal and
bacterial growths. Remember, this is not a wild
animal. They do not have the luxury of being able to
go elsewhere to eat and defecate. Constant cleaning
can be tiresome, but is a must for lizard husbandry.
Some lizards do not require a specific substrate. Newspaper,
paper towel or similar material can be laid on the floor
of the enclosure. This allows easy and quick clean up
of the bottom. Once every two weeks, the entire habitat
should be cleaned with a 5% bleach solution. Make sure
to remove any smell of bleach before returning the lizard
to its home.
Many lizards require a substrate like gravel, sand,
soil, peat moss, wood chips or similar flooring. It
makes it difficult to clean properly, but must still
be done. Consider the time it takes to clean the cage
before you purchase your lizard.