If want to catch a scaly companion of your very own, you'll want to learn how to make a lizard trap. Buying a lizard from a pet store can set you back $200 and the pet itself may be in very poor health considering the conditions in most pet stores are suspect at best. Catching a lizard from your backyard will save you a great deal of money while finding a healthy and happy addition to your home. If you want to get a reptilian that will not be wan or overpriced, you cannot go wrong in learning how to make a lizard trap.
To learn how to make a lizard trap, you're going to need:
- Large glass box (an empty aquarium works best)
- Leaves or grass
- Plastic wrap
- Small insects or worms
- Clean and prepare the glass box. Wash out the box with warm water but don't use soap—lizards have an extremely acute sense of smell and will be less apt to go to your box if they smell something foreign. Take leaves and grass and fill the box about a quarter of the way with them. You want to craft an environment in which the lizard will be comfortable.
- Find a spot that is primed for lizard habitation. Most lizards reside in cool places that have a direct access to a water source but also out of direct sunlight. One of the main tricks to learning how to make a lizard trap is learning precisely where to place it. Find a shady, leafy area near a pond or lake and place your box there.
- Cover the top of the glass box with plastic wrap. Make sure that plastic wrap is thick yet airtight, covering the the entirety of the top of the box. Cut a slit in the middle of the plastic wrap about six inches long but no wider than half an inch across.
- Place the insects near the slit you made. The main idea is to use the insects as bait to get the lizard near the slit, using the slippery nature of the plastic wrap to cause the lizard to fall into the green living space you made for it.
- Wait, coming back to check on the trap twice a day. Different lizards have different eating habits, so catching a lizard in your trap is going to take more than a few minutes—it can even take upwards of three days. Be sure to replace the plastic wrap every other time you check it, as weather and environmental conditions may cause some holes to get punctured in the plastic, thus compromising the trap's integrity. However, if you followed these directions and learned how to make a lizard trap effectively, this should be the easiest step.
- Take the lizard to your local pet shop to identify it. You shouldn't take the lizard home immediately after catching it. No matter the size, some lizards can be extremely dangerous to people and common household pets. Take the glass case to a pet store to let the experts have the final word on whether or not your newfound reptile is safe enough to stay in your house.
Learning how to make a lizard trap isn't an entirely difficult process, considering that most of the required materials are what many people have lying around the house. Following these simple steps and having a little patience will both save you hundreds of dollars and find you with a new scaly companion you can call your own.