Summer Lizard Care

As you may know, here at Animal Care Hospital, I treat a variety of pets, including reptiles. Reptiles have some very unique care needs. One thing that is crucial to your lizard’s health is making sure that their environmental conditions are right. That can get tricky in summer! A Lexington, KY veterinarian lists some summer lizard care tips in this article.


Your little dinosaur’s home could easily get too hot with a heater running on scorching days. Get into the habit of checking the temperature a few times a day. You may need to adjust the settings on your pet’s heating equipment. On really hot days, you may even want to turn it off. Ask your veterinarian for specific advice.


Many reptiles need not only certain levels or types of heat and light, but also humidity. However, high humidity levels without proper ventilation can cause mold and fungus to develop. Make sure your pet’s vivarium allows for proper air flow. (Tip: if you have a cage with a mesh top, put a board or tray over it: you can move it to allow more or less ventilation.)


Although every type of reptile has their own specific dietary needs, many lizards can have fruits and veggies. A chopped salad spritzed with water can be a great summer dinner! Ask your veterinarian for specific advice on diet.


Hydration is even more important than usual at this time of year. Your lizard buddy should have fresh water available at all times. Some reptiles, such as chameleons, won’t drink from bowls or bottles, but prefer to lap up water from leaves. If you have automatic foggers or misters, make sure they are functioning properly.


Many pets enjoy having little ‘pools’ to soak in. This should be quite shallow, and should be angled in a way that makes it easy for your reptilian pal to get in and out. Lizards that need baths, like iguanas, may enjoy some extra soaking sessions.

Heat Exhaustion

While many reptiles love hot weather, that doesn’t mean they’re immune to its dangers. Heat exhaustion can present quite a serious risk to reptiles. Watch for warning signs, such as trembling, lethargy, and disorientation. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

As your local Lexington, KY animal clinic, we are happy to provide great care (and advice) for reptiles. Contact us anytime!  



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