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Do chuckwallas make good pets?

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Do chuckwallas make good pets?

Postby 17degus » Thu Jun 09, 2016 12:18 pm

I am interested in getting one. The herbivorous diet is appealing. Do they like to be handled? This is the most important question, as I prefer animals I can interact with. I can't find very much information on the Internet, so if you know a good care sheet that would be great. Would you recommend one? Thanks!

Edit: I just discovered collared lizards. Absolutely gorgeous. Any thoughts on those as pets?
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Re: Do chuckwallas make good pets?

Postby minervasden » Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:27 pm

I have met a few 'chucks' and helped care for one that had been severely burnt (no guards on heating elements). Personality varies some tolerate handling and some can be downright hostile about it.
http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Lizard-Species/Chuckwalla/
This one is a little older might make some changes to suggested diet
http://bamboozoo.weebly.com/feature-chuckwalla.html

I had a wild caught male collared lizard once. They used to be cheap common pet store offerings. I'll see if I can find current care sheets. I wouldn't consider mine a beginner but maybe captive bred would be intermediate? Honestly, it has been quite awhile since I've seen much about them as pets.

Edit: Here's an overview of collared care. Captive bred considered intermediate as I suspected
https://thereptiletimes.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/caring-for-collared-lizards-october-2013/
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Re: Do chuckwallas make good pets?

Postby Ash » Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:38 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought chuckwallas were omnivores and ate insects too?
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Re: Do chuckwallas make good pets?

Postby minervasden » Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:41 pm

Ash wrote:Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought chuckwallas were omnivores and ate insects too?

They do eat some, yes. It is not a large part of the diet not really enough to be considered true omnivores by many. Insects can be treats and extra nutrition during stressful times.
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Re: Do chuckwallas make good pets?

Postby Ash » Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:50 pm

Ah, okay, thanks. :) Great to know.
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Re: Do chuckwallas make good pets?

Postby 17degus » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:07 pm

Thanks guys, I think a chuckwalla is for me. They seem like underrated reptiles :) hopefully will get one in the next few months but who know. I think I will contact the rescue I got my bearded dragon from, as they seem to know what they are doing ! Hopefuly he will shed some light on this lizard
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Re: Do chuckwallas make good pets?

Postby Ash » Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:26 pm

I saw a chuckwalla for sale at this past reptile expo here in Utah. Kind of wanted it since it's in the iguana family and I've got a thing for iguanas now. But they're illegal here--vendors were selling it as a hybrid though.

Be sure to let us know if/when you get yours. :) Would like to hear more about your experiences with one. I've been curious about them, but I don't know if they're a type of lizard I'd ever actually get.
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Re: Do chuckwallas make good pets?

Postby JTheOnenOnly » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:56 pm

I currently have a chuckwalla right now and it’s safe to say that they do make great pets. Although when I first got it, it would try biting me. You just need to let it get comfortable around you and it’ll eventually let you pick it up. I feed him lettuce and flowers and many other things. I hope this helps and I recommend you getting one, they are interesting pets.
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Re: Do chuckwallas make good pets?

Postby pat » Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:09 pm

JTheOnenOnly wrote:I currently have a chuckwalla right now and it’s safe to say that they do make great pets. Although when I first got it, it would try biting me. You just need to let it get comfortable around you and it’ll eventually let you pick it up. I feed him lettuce and flowers and many other things. I hope this helps and I recommend you getting one, they are interesting pets.


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I honestly don't know much about the reptile family. I looked it up (out of curiosity), quite unique.
to add more confusion to my mind, I found this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuckwalla

when you get a chance, will you post a picture of your chuckwalla?

I like the furry animals better :lol: Ash and a few other members have reptiles. I am sure they will chime in.
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