Let me start by saying that there is a big difference between taming and training a lizard. When you find a reptile that suits you, naturally you will want to be able to do more than just look at him through the glass of the cage.
But, you can’t expect it to start behaving like a dog or a cat as their brains are far more primitive. What you can expect is to be able to handle the lizard in a safe manner that allows you to feel like there is some connection between you and your pet.
With some patience you will have him come willingly into your hand and even eat out of your palm.
In this article, I will give you some basics to start with to learn how you can successfully tame your lizard.
Once you have decided on the type of lizard you want, it’s time to go get one. If you want the best chance at being able to tame it, then start with a hatchling. Taking a look at Reptile Direct will give you an idea of what type of lizard is going to be best for you.
There are lizards that are wild caught and then the hatchlings are sold. Try to avoid this as their natural instincts are still very strong. Instead, go for a captive-bred hatchling that is more malleable and easier to train.
De stress your lizard
The move from the pet store to the cage you’ve set up at home is going to be very stressful for your lizard.
Make sure that you give him time to get comfortable in his cage before you try to start training him. His cage will also play a big part in helping him feel calm and safe. Have some places for him to hide out and feel like he has a safe space. Some cork bark tubes and flats can do a lot for him to hide and feel calm.
Take advantage of feeding time
For you to be able to tame your lizard properly, he’ll need to associate you with his feeding time. Make sure to observe him eating for the first week or so once you have him back from the pet store.
Then start feeding him by using tongs to place the food as close to him as possible without spooking him. Move with slow and deliberate movements and don’t push too hard to place the food right next to him.
Do this for at least a few weeks and make sure you watch him eating every time so he makes the connection that it is you who is providing his meals. Then, start feeding by hand. If you have been patient then he will allow you to do this.
Let him come to your hand
Once you have been feeding him by hand for a few weeks, then eventually he will come to your hand automatically when you put your hand in the cage. Take advantage of this by rewarding them with food. Then, eventually you can pick him up. Again always give him a snack when he lets you pick him up.
After a while of doing this, you will be able to pick them up at will and carry them. They won’t see you as a threat at all.