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Do Lizards have Teeth ? Part 1

Do Lizards Have Teeth? A Guide to Exotic Veterinary Care for Reptile Owners

Bearded Dragon seen by Dr Karli Du Preez

Blog Article by Dr Karli Du Preez – Exotic Vet Century City.

When it comes to exotic pets, reptiles like lizards have become increasingly popular. These scaly companions, known for their unique appearance and behavior, require specialized care to ensure they lead healthy and happy lives. One common question that many lizard owners have is, "Do lizards have teeth?" This article aims to shed light on this question and provide valuable insights into exotic veterinary care for lizard owners.Reptile Crested Gecko at Exotic Vet Century City Cape Town

The Truth About Lizard Teeth

Yes, lizards do have teeth, but they are not quite like what you'd find in mammals or humans. Lizard teeth come in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on the species. Some lizards have small, needle-like teeth, while others have serrated, jagged teeth designed for gripping and tearing prey. It's essential for lizard owners to understand their pet's specific dental structure, as this can influence their dietary requirements and overall health.

Dental Function

Lizard teeth serve a variety of purposes. Here are some of the primary functions:

1.   Hunting: Lizard teeth are essential for capturing and holding onto prey. They help secure the animal's food source and are vital for their survival.

2.   Defensive Mechanisms: Some lizards use their teeth for self-defense. When threatened, they may bite to protect themselves.

3.   Food Processing: Lizards don't chew their food like mammals do. Instead, they use their teeth to grip, tear, and break down food into smaller, manageable pieces.

Dental Health in Lizards

Maintaining proper dental health is crucial for your lizard's overall well-being. Here are some tips to help you ensure your scaly friend's teeth are in good condition:

Leopard Gecko treated by Dr Karli Du Preez at Exotic Vet Hospital in Cape Town

Diet

Lizards require a balanced diet to maintain healthy teeth. Depending on the species, their diet may consist of insects, vegetables, fruits, and even small vertebrates. It's important to research your lizard's specific dietary requirements and provide a diet that meets their nutritional needs.