Lizard Care While On Vacation
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If you are going on an extended vacation, it is a must
to have someone check in on your lizards
from time to time. In ideal circumstances, this person
would have some knowledge about lizards, or even be
an experienced lizard keeper already. You must get ready
and supply a list of the particulars for your lizard.
Even experienced keepers will not know the specifics
for caring for your own lizards. Leave
well detailed instructions, and go over them with the
caretaker before you leave.
It is important to note that not only does your caretaker
need to know about the animal, but the equipment as
well. If something should burn out or fail, there needs
to be replacements (bulbs, etc.) or alternatives available
Make sure the habitat is not in a location where sunlight
will fall onto it during the daylight hours. This can
cause unwanted overheating.
You can drop the temperature slightly (6 degrees F
to 9 degrees F) to reduce aggressive behavior and create
a period of decreased activity in your lizards.
This will result in less feedings needed, and less excrement
to be picked up.
Due to the decreased temperature, water will evaporate
more slowly. This means that mistings will need to be
less frequent than usual, but any water dishes still
need to be changed daily. Make sure your keeper is well
aware of this fact, as water is still vitally important
to the continued health of your lizard.