More and more reptile lovers are looking for a companion in their home that is easy to maintain. However, almost all the reptiles available for this are insectivores. Many people find insects unpleasant. Another factor to consider is incessant trips to the pet store, or to the countryside, to stock up on live food, which can often escape and colonize the home.
If you are interested in caring for a reptile, but don’t want to complicate your life too much, look for herbivorous reptiles. In this article we will talk about the most common ones.
The land turtle
The tortoise is a vertebrate reptile characterized by being herbivorous, since its diet and feeding part of the consumption of plants, leaves and stems.
Being a typically domestic animal, the tortoise also consumes fruits if offered. These are the easiest reptiles to maintain considering that they must be in a garden without the need for it to be very large.
It is true that it must have some space, and have land to make holes and hide, but beyond these requirements, it will be an easy pet to feed, since 100% of its diet can be vegetables, varied herbs and fruits.
The spiny-tailed lizard of the Sahara
The Sahara spiny-tailed lizard, Uromastyx Geyri, belongs to the genus Uromastyx, made up of more than 20 species that inhabit the desert and pre-desert areas of North Africa, India, Central Asia and the Middle East.
It grows to around 35 cm long and 250 grams in weight, and it is one of the smallest species among the Uromastyx lizards. Their habits are diurnal, and they feed on grass, flowers and very occasionally small insects.
It is calm in character but if it gets nervous or feels attacked it usually uses its tail as a whip. Its usual colors can be red, orange or yellow on a dark background. Its natural habitat is found in semi-arid rocky areas of Algeria, Nigeria and Mali.
The iguana is another of the herbivorous reptiles that consume herbs, leaves, flowers and when they have even fruits within their reach.
They have a bright green color, their legs are short and have 5 toes on each, which end in very sharp claws.
Their skin is protected by scales over most of their body, and the skin most visible is the one that hangs from their neck. They are excellent reptiles for climbing, so they love trees and branches to move around in.
Male iguanas can grow up to 2 meters from head to tail.
He loves to spend the day in the sun instead of spending time eating. The reason is because this way you avoid infections and you can also achieve the ideal temperature to improve the digestion of what you have eaten.
The most suitable climate for the growth of this reptile is humid: the more humid the place where it is, the more it will grow.