How Long Can A Lizard Live In Your House?

How long can a lizard live in your house? The short answer to this question is up to 5 years. However, the time depends on the species of lizard and how well you can keep it. In this article, I’m going to cover everything you need to know about how long they typically live for.

How Long Do Lizards Live For?

Lizards have been around for millions of years and are some of the oldest surviving creatures on earth, with fossils dating back over 200 million years. They have survived by adapting to their environment and many species have evolved into hundreds of different species spread all over the world. There are about 4300 species of lizards worldwide, with more being discovered every year. Lizards originate from the superorder Lepidosauria which includes snakes, tuataras and amphisbaenians.

The average lifespan of a house lizard is between 2-5 years in captivity if well looked after and you give them enough space to move around in. In the wild, they typically live for much longer because of having no predators or humans looking after them. They can also eat whatever they want which gives them plenty of energy and nutrients.

Factors that affect the lifespan of the lizard

The average lifespan of a wild lizard is 3-5 years. However, if you take good care of your pet, it can live for over 5 years. You can even see a bearded dragon living up to 10-15 years in captivity.

There are a few factors that affect the lifespan of the lizard. I will discuss them below.

Age

The age of your pet determines how long it can live. It does not matter how well you take care of your lizard; it won’t live for too long if it is old enough. So, when you buy a lizard from the pet store, ask them about its age.

Habitat

If you are buying a lizard from the pet store, make sure you have a habitat ready before bringing it home. The cage should be big enough to allow movement and let him basks under the sun if necessary. Some lizards require an extra-large cage with proper ventilation and temperature control system such as bearded dragons and monitors.

Diet

It is important to give your pet a healthy diet so that he/she can stay strong and active for a longer time. With lizards, they are omnivores so they prefer eating meat and vegetables both. However, it is not recommended that you feed them meat every day as this will lead to a short lifespan. You should also avoid feeding them insects because they are full of parasites which can harm your pet severely.

How long can a lizard live without food?

Lizards can go up to two weeks without food, depending on the species. Some lizards hibernate during the winter months in order to conserve energy, so they need little food during that time. The amount of food a lizard needs depends on its size and other factors, such as the temperature of its surroundings.

The larger the lizard, the more food it needs. Smaller lizards go longer than larger ones because they use less energy.

The temperature of a lizard’s environment directly affects how long it can survive without eating because it determines how much energy the lizard requires. In warmer climates, lizards are very active and use more energy than those living in cooler climates.

How long can a lizard live without water?

The answer to this is complex. It depends on the lizard in question, the surrounding temperature and humidity, and the lizard’s physical condition.

Depending on the species, lizards can survive anywhere from 3 days to a week without water. Lizards can live for long periods of time without food, but supplying water is essential to keep your lizard healthy.

Some species of lizards have adapted to live in arid conditions, some have not. The ones that have are called xerocoles (or xerocole lizards) and they can survive dehydration for a long time. Some of these can go up to months without water. Others cannot, because their bodies need more water than their diet provides them with (for example, some geckos).

It also depends whether the lizard is pregnant or in any other way diseased or otherwise hampered in its health. The healthier it is, the longer it can go without food or water.

The temperature also matters – a dry heat will make it harder for a lizard to survive without water than a humid heat. This is because evaporative cooling occurs through breathing and sweating in lizards (the latter mostly visible as licking of their eyes). If there is no moisture in the air, evaporation cannot occur and the lizard will die of overheating before it dies of dehydration.

Lizards in the house, good or bad?

Lizards can be good and bad, depending on the type of lizard.

Lizards can be beneficial to having around. They eat insects and other pests, such as spiders and flies, that may be in your home. While all lizards eat insects, the amount of food they need depends on their size. One small lizard will not eat as much as a larger lizard, so the smaller lizards are better for controlling pest populations.

If you see a lizard in your home or yard, don’t panic — it’s usually more afraid of you than you are of it. Lizards are cold-blooded animals that can’t generate their own body heat, so they’re happiest when they’re in warm places. Sometimes they wander into houses or garages in search of a warm spot to live.

Lizards like to be near food sources, too. If you see one inside your house, there’s probably an insect problem close by. You can get rid of the lizard simply by getting rid of the insects and sealing up any entrances to your house.

On the bad side of this question, there are lizards that eat plants and can destroy your garden. Some people find it disturbing to have them in their house, even though they aren’t dangerous to people.

Overall, lizards can be both good and bad for your home and garden.

What to do if I find a baby lizard in my house?

The best thing to do is to leave them be, they will not stay long.

Baby lizards are born in the wild and have mothers who care for them.

The only reason that you would find them in a home is that their mother brought them inside.

If you do not have a reptile, you can simply let nature take its course and the baby lizard will eventually leave your home.

If you have a reptile and do not want the intruder in your house, you can gently pick up the lizard with a tissue and put it outside.

How to catch a lizard in the house?

Lizards are funny creatures, and they can be very annoying. If you have a lizard problem in your house, chances are that you have other pests as well.

When it comes to catching a lizard, the first thing you should know is it will not be easy. You need to use different techniques depending on the type of lizard that you are dealing with. The most common lizards found in homes include geckos and anoles.

  • Determine the lizard’s species by noting its skin and behavior. Some geckos are toxic, so if you have pets or young children, you will want to make sure they never come in contact with the lizard.
  • Find the lizard by following its movements. If it is hanging out in a particular spot, such as inside a cupboard or behind a refrigerator, observe its movement patterns to determine where it will be at night.
  • Find an appropriate trap for your lizard. If the lizard is small, you can use a plastic container with a lid. Larger lizards may require a cage or other enclosure. Make sure that the trap is large enough for the lizard to move around in without getting stuck or injured. You can use food to lure the lizard into your trap or simply place it in an area where you have seen it frequenting.[4]
  • Place bait in your trap that will attract the lizard’s attention. You can use fruit or vegetables, as long as they are not poisonous to lizards. Or you can use insects such as ants, crickets, worms or roaches.
  • Place bait in your trap that will attract the lizard’s attention. You can use fruit or vegetables, as long as they are not poisonous to lizards. Or you can use insects such as ants, crickets, worms or roaches.
  • Place your trap in an area where your lizard frequents and check it frequently throughout the day to see if the lizard has entered it yet. If it has not checked out the trap within 24 hours, try relocating the trap to a different area of the house.
  • Enclose the lizard in a large cup or jar once you have trapped it. Make sure the container is large enough so that the lizard can move around but small enough so that it cannot escape from it. Use a net or cloth to scoop up the lizard and place it inside of the container.
  • Transport the lizard outside where you will release it into its natural habitat. Check with your local wildlife office for recommendations on how to release the creature so that you do not endanger yourself or others who may come into contact with it after its release.

How to get a lizard out of your house?

Some people find lizards to be cute little pets, but most people just want them out of their houses. Especially when they run around the inside of a house, they can be unnerving to deal with. However, getting rid of them is easy.

Keep your house clean and tidy

Lizards love warm, dark places to hide; therefore, keeping your house clean and tidy will deter them from entering. Make sure that there are no open windows where lizards can enter through (e.g., small cracks around window frames), check for holes in walls which might lead directly outside or into another part.

Locate the Lizard

Before you can get rid of the lizard, find it first. This may or may not be an easy task, depending on its size and color. For example, geckos are tiny and light, so they can blend into the walls or ceiling easily. If you have ever seen one run across your wall or ceiling, then you know how hard it is to catch it.

A lizard that is six inches long will not blend in with the surroundings and a smaller one will. Therefore, finding it is easier if it has no place to hide. That being said, even big lizards can hide in a dark corner while you are trying to remove them from your house. If you do not see it right away, make sure that all the lights are on before looking for it again.

Lure It Out

Once you have found the lizard and know exactly where it is hiding out in your house, you can try to lure it out. All you need to do is place a piece of fruit near the hiding spot. Lizards are very attracted to fruit and will come out of their hiding spot when they smell or see it. The trick is that you need to place the lizard in a container once it comes out.

Use A Trap

Setting a trap for the lizard will also work well for getting rid of them. You can buy a trap at any hardware store or make one yourself. When building your own trap, use a cardboard box and some duct tape. Cut one side of the box down and tape the top part together so that it makes a ramp up to the top. Then, tape the open side down with just enough room for the lizard to get through. They will climb up into the box and won’t be able to escape.

Use pepper spray or other repellent

Spray the lizard with pepper spray or other repellent that will make it uncomfortable and cause it to leave your house. This method is best used if you have multiple lizards in your home or just want to keep them away from certain areas like windows and doors where they could enter again. You may need an exterminator if this problem persists over time because there could be an infestation somewhere that needs treatment by professionals.

Spray Peppermint Oil

Spray peppermint oil on surfaces like window sills and doors to keep lizards away from your house. The strong aroma of peppermint irritates the lizards and forces them to leave the home [the more annoying way]. Other oils that work for this purpose include lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, pine oil and cedarwood oil.

What is the meaning of lizard inside your house?

Dreaming about a lizard is symbolic of fear and anxiety. It is also related to your enemies and people who are after you. If you have seen a lizard in your dream, it means that there might be certain things which are not going right for you in your life. The lizard signifies the negative energy which has surrounded your life.

If you have seen a lizard in your dream, it means that someone might be working against you in order to get you into trouble. It can also mean that someone is trying to harm you. If the lizard bites you in your dream, it foretells that someone might try to hurt your reputation.

If the lizard gets inside your house or room, it means that you need to be careful about the things which are happening around you. You must beware of people who are trying to cheat on you or are envious of what all you have achieved so far in your life. You need to remain careful and alert at all times so that no one can harm or trouble you in any way possible.

Conclusion

Lizards are one of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. They’re not terribly common, but those who do spot and capture them in their natural habitats are often amazed by their ability to survive in such inhospitable places as your home.

While lizards are quite small, they have extraordinary adaptations that allow them to thrive in close quarters with humans. Their skin can withstand harsh conditions like high humidity and low temperatures — perfect for a reptile that spends most of its time burrowed in the soil. Their bodies can even go into semi-hibernation, which allows them to survive for long periods of time without eating or drinking.

Although it might be frustrating to miss out on a lizard sighting because it’s been hibernating in your house, you’ll ultimately be glad you saved it from certain doom. This little critter will live up to 5 years under normal circumstances, so you won’t have to worry about being too late getting it outside after its extended stay inside your cozy home.

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Dr Harunur Rashid (Harun) is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who has five years of experience in large pet animal medicine. He worked as a livestock officer for two years in an NGO, and since then he has been practicing pet animals medicine privately. He holds an MS in Pharmacology from Bangladesh Agricultural University and a DVM from the same institution.