15 Tiny Dragons Secretly Disguising Themselves As Adorable Pet Lizards

teeny tiny lizard in palm of hand, lizard with blue ribbon around his neck

Cats and dogs make great pets, but lizards are often overlooked when it comes to companion animals.

No, they’re not furry, and no, they don’t necessarily like to cuddle. Plus, there’s the whole “eating bugs” aspect of their care, which is not for everyone. But the people who love caring for lizards are passionate about their cold-blooded terrarium-dwelling pals. After seeing how cute they can be, we can see why!

1. Just look at this sweet little face! He seems very proud of his jaunty ribbon.

2. This gecko is giving us serious puppy dog vibes. Who knew they could smile? We sure didn’t.

3. Apparently, cats and bearded dragons can be best friends! The dragon is probably just in it for the warmth, but what’s the cat’s excuse?

4. Be careful! This little fellow looks like he’s plotting something huge.

5. What we wouldn’t give to be this relaxed… ever!

6. Those little fingers on the glass are making us say “squee!”

7. Have you ever loved a banana so much that you had to wear the peel as a hat?

8. Meet the cutest, most curious little gecko buddy ever.

9. We don’t know what kind of lizard this is, but he is chonky.

10. Teeny-tiny, dime-sized baby dragon? Yes, please.

11. This bearded dragon has his own little bed and pillow, and he sleeps there every night. Aw!

bearded dragon sleeping on his own bed with his head on a pillow

12. This gecko is so cute, he ought to be in pictures.

13. Just look at this face and tell us you don’t like lizards. Go ahead and try.

14. After living with Fred for four years, his owners discovered he’s actually a girl. They’re all okay with it!

bearded dragon wearing a diamond necklace looking in the mirror

15. There’s something about a mango watermelon smoothie that made this guy go full “derp.”

How adorable are these lizards? We didn’t think it was possible to keep a tiny dragon in your house, but our eyes have been opened to the possibilities!

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