What Is the Life Span of a Lizard?


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The lifespan of a lizard varies by species. Pet bearded dragons usually live around seven to ten years. Frilled lizards can live up to 20 years in captivity, but more commonly only survive for ten years, while eopard geckos can live for 20 or more years in captivity.

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Green anoles, often mistakenly called "chameleons," only live for four to eight years. One of largest of the lizards, the green iguana, can live for over 20 years if properly cared for; due to the difficulties of caring for this species in captivity, they rarely survive for more than a year when kept as pets. Despite the difficulty of caring for iguanas and the fact that they can grow to over 6 feet long, green iguanas are one of the most popular pet lizards in the United States.

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