Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal
Posted Feb 19, 2013
The Blue Tongue lizard isn't the best looking lizard going around, but they are still a very beautiful reptile and a fantastic reptile for young children to own, raise and handle.
I have come across hundreds of Blue Tongues over the years, often finding them in the yard. I would often pick them up give them a scratch, occasionally remove the odd tick and let them go again.
The thing that amazes me with the Blue Tongue is that when you do come across a wild one, they will open their mouth and hiss at you, but within a few short minutes of picking them up they seem to settle down very quickly.
I have also owned a few Blue tongues as pets (brought from trading post) and found them to be a very docile lizard which is easy to pick up and no trouble to handle.
If you are thinking about a Blue Tongue for a pet l can assure you that you will never regret choosing this species of lizard. They are very easy to care for, most pet shops sell containers of crickets or meal worms which your Blue Tongue will enjoy eating. You can also give your blue tongue fresh minced meat and even a piece of lettuce. You will obviously need a proper reptile enclosure as the Blue Tongue will need the artificial light/heat in order to remain in the best of health.
As with all pets, you should always wash your hands after handling, but with pets such as lizards and snakes you should also ensure your hands are freshly washed prior to handling as well.