Due to a recent web explosion the Red Headed Agama, nicknamed the Spiderman Lizard, has seen a giant increase in interest in ownership.
Although the press release has made them hugely popular, they are by no means suitable for beginners. A knowledge of keeping exotic pets, alongside the equipment is needed as this species is very challenging to raise in captivity and providing the right environment is also very difficult.
People buying these lizards do not realise that they can live for up to 15 years in the right conditions and most people are simply not willing to take that kind of commitment, or are simply unaware of it.
These lizards are particularly susceptible to internal parasites which an be caused by numerous things, including stressing the animal. Although parasitic problems are common amongst these lizards, a trip to a specialist or a vet can remove or provide you with a means of removing the parasites.
People do not realise that the cost of housing and caring for one of these lizards is great. This, coupled with the feeding needs can amount to quite a substantial sum of money which many people will not be willing to shell out just for a pet.
I cannot stress enough that buying one of these lizards just because they seem cool is a huge mistake. Not only will you be spending a large sum of money on a pet that will probably die in a short space of time, but you are endangering the animal itself. Lizards are difficult pets to keep and not something that should be purchased as part of a craze.