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How to Train a Collared Lizard Not to Bite

    • 1). Watch for signs that the collar lizard is ill-tempered and should not be touched. These include shying away when you approach, hissing or nipping, or the lizard may close its eyes and ignore you.

    • 2). Approach the lizard with caution a few times a day. Eventually, after several weeks or months, the collared lizard will allow you to place your hand into the cage and offer it a treat, such as a mealworm, without biting you.

    • 3). Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and hot water before attempting to handle the collared lizard. This will prevent the spread of bacteria to the animal.

    • 4). Walk up to the lizard slowly from the side and offer it a treat. Slowly move your hands closer and watch its reaction. If the collared lizard allows you to continue, move on to the next step. If the lizard exhibits any of the resistance signs mentioned in Step 1, do not attempt to touch it.

    • 5). Slide one of your hands underneath the lizard and place the other hand onto its tail and hips. Be careful when handling the tail as the collared lizard, unlike some other types of lizards, cannot regenerate its body parts.

    • 6). Lift the animal in slow, fluid movements. Do not jerk your hands, wriggle your fingers or hold the collared lizard in a tight grip. All of these will cause the animal discomfort and may lead to a possible bite.

    • 7). Continue to hold the lizard's weight loosely and, if possible, pet the lizard moving from the head toward the tail, which is the natural direction scales grow. Never pet any lizard from the tail toward the head, as this will cause potential injury or loss of scales.

    • 8). Set the collared lizard carefully back into its enclosure and give it another treat.

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