How to Care for a Lizard Found in the Yard

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If you find a lizard in your backyard, the first thing you need to do is determine whether or not it needs to be rescued in the first place. Care for a lizard found in your yard with help from a dynamic, holistic and conventional veterinarian in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Jena Questen and I'm a Veterinarian here to talk to you today a little about what to do if you would find a lizard in your backyard. So, if you find a lizard in your backyard, first of all what you need to do is determine whether or not that lizard needs to be rescued by you in the first place. If the lizard just happens to be lounging in your yard and is healthy and seems able to mobilize on his own, then perhaps the best thing to do is just leave the lizard alone. However, if you notice that the lizard is injured or doesn't move away when you approach it, seems like it's having some kind of a problem, then the best thing to do probably would be to get that lizard into some kind of a container such as this one and bring him to your local veterinarian. I do not recommend keeping a lizard as a pet; it's against federal law actually to take a native animal out of its natural habitat. So, you don't want to do that, plus they can carry parasites and diseases and without a lot of research, it can actually be very difficult to keep one of these animals alive in captivity. So, the best thing to do is first of all leave it alone and if you must actually grab it up for some reason, get some kind of a container; again, such as this one that has smooth sides with a good lid, but has some ventilation so that the animal can breath. Put a little bit of water in there and some substrate such as some newspaper or some aspen shavings might be beneficial just so the animal has something to burrow in. But again, your goal would be to per, perhaps do an Internet base search to see what kind of lizard it is and then also to find a veterinarian in your area that can help you to treat that lizard if it has any illnesses and hopefully release it back into its natural habitat.So hopefully I've given you some suggestions today on what to do if you find a lizard in your backyard and on that note, I'm Dr. Q and the rest is up to you. Thanks for tuning in.


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