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I have always liked lizards and would definitely like to have one as a pet some day. When I was living in Vietnam, I used to watch geckos running around on our ceiling and cheer them on as they ate the mosquitoes and flies. I still remember the first time I found one of their tails on our kitchen floor though…they can drop their tails when attacked by a predator, then regrow it later! The tail keeps moving for some time after becoming detached, in order to foll the predator into thinking they have caught something. I dread to think what the gecko came across in our kitchen that made him feel so threatened …
There are over 6000 species of lizards, found in every continent except Antarctica. See more types of lizards on Factzoo here.
Each type has distinctive features, such as the aquatic lizards of the Galapagos Islands who can dive as deep as 15 metres (50 feet) below the surface! The basilisk can stand on its back legs and run across the top of water to escape, while the flying dragon lizard (or butterflylizard) can glide for long distances by extending flaps between its legs.
Most lizards are harmless to humans (exception being the Komodo dragon), with many being kept as pets. They appear widely in folklore and myth:
In Australian Aboriginal mythology, Tarrotarro, the lizard god, split the human race into male and female, and gave people the ability to express themselves in art. A lizard king named Mo’o features in Hawaii and other cultures in Polynesia. In the Amazon, the lizard is the king of beasts, while among the Bantu of Africa, the god Unkulunkulu sent a chameleon to tell humans they would live forever, but the chameleon was held up, and another lizard brought a different message, that the time of humanity was limited. A popular legend in Maharashtra tells the tale of how a common Indian monitor, with ropes attached, was used to scale the walls of the fort in the Battle of Sinhagad. (from Wikipedia)
Do any of you have a lizard as a pet?
Would you like one?