These are only very basic instructions, please consult an experienced reptile carer for more detailed information.
Basic Initial Care
1. Check the lizard for injuries. Their lungs extend three quarters of the way down the
body and sometimes deep bite wounds can puncture them. If blood is bubbling out of a wound it is often an indication of a punctured lung and the lizard should be euthanased. Minor wounds should be bathed then apply an antiseptic such as Betadine. They should be kept warm and quiet and be given somewhere where they can hide if they want. Bearded Dragons will need a branch for them to climb on. Keep one end of the cage cooler so they have a choice of temperatures.
2. Lizards must be warm before and after being fed. In the wild lizards eat snails, insects and some plant food. If this is unavailable then they can be fed on tinned dog meat (good quality), beaten up raw egg or boiled or scrambled, chopped fruit and vegetables, mince with no preservatives and a variety should be offered. A lizard mix can be made up of: 250gr mince, 1 cup insectivore mix, 1 sprinkle weetbix, 1 egg, bran and Calcium Sandoz mixed well.
3. Small lizards should be fed once daily removing the old food each time, larger lizards need feeding 2-3 times a week. Always supply water.
4. Bearded Dragons will often only start eating when they see the food moving, so put a couple of mealworms on the food (where it can catch the dragons eye) to get him started.
5. All lizards should be exposed to sunlight each day, or be under a UV light to help them absorb the vitamins and calcium from their food.
6. When a lizard is shedding its skin (sloughing) it will sometimes go off its food.
7. Blue Tongue lizards often come in with part of the tail missing. If most of the tail is missing from close to the back legs it may have caused damage to the bowel or bladder or paralysis to the back legs. If only a small portion is missing, keep the stump clean until it dries and eventually the tail will regrow.
8. Watch out for ticks which can be removed by first dabbing with metholated spirits then use tweezers making sure to remove the head. Mites are difficult to see but small white spots on the scales could be their faeces. Use a powder or spray such as Frontline and make sure the cage they are in is also cleaned well.
9 If the lizards eyes appear sunken it can indicate dehydration. Give drops of water on the tongue when it is flicked out, or soak the lizard in a shallow bath of just warm water. Leave a shallow dish of water nearby.