Take a look below for our list of 10 of the largest reptiles that make the best pets.
1. Reticulated Python
The reticulated python is a python species native to South and Southeast Asia. It is the world’s longest snake, and listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List because of its wide distribution. In several countries in its range, it is hunted for its skin, for use in traditional medicine, and for sale as pets.
2. Argentine Black and White Tegu
The Argentine black and white tegu, also known as the Argentine giant tegu, the black and white tegu, the huge tegu, and the lagarto overo in Spanish, is a species of lizard in the family Teiidae. The species is the largest of the “tegu lizards”.
3. Boa Constrictor
Boa constrictor, also called the red-tailed boa or the common boa, is a species of large, non-venomous, heavy-bodied snake that is frequently kept and bred in captivity. The boa constrictor is a member of the family Boidae, found in tropical South America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean.
4. Burmese Python
The Burmese python is one of the largest species of snakes. It is native to a large area of Southeast Asia and is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Until 2009, it was considered a subspecies of Python molurus, but is now recognized as a distinct species.
5. Caiman Lizard
The genus Dracaena, also called caiman lizards or water tegus, is in the teiid family, along with tegus and ameivas. Caiman lizards are found in South America in Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Brazil. These semiaquatic lizards spend a lot of time in the water and inhabit marshes, streams and flooded forests.
6. Green Anaconda
The green anaconda, also known as the giant anaconda, common anaconda, common water boa or sucuri, is a boa species found in South America. It is the heaviest and one of the longest known extant snake species. Like all boas, it is a non-venomous constrictor.
7. African Spurred Tortoise
The African spurred tortoise, also called the sulcata tortoise, is a species of tortoise inhabiting the southern edge of the Sahara desert in Africa. It is the third-largest species of tortoise in the world, the largest species of mainland tortoise, and the only extant species in the genus Centrochelys.
8. Rhinoceros Iguana
The rhinoceros iguana is an endangered species of iguana that is endemic to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola and its surrounding islands. A large lizard, they vary in length from 60 to 136 centimetres, and skin colours range from a steely grey to a dark green and even brown.
9. Yellow Anaconda
The yellow anaconda, also known as the Paraguayan anaconda, is a boa species endemic to southern South America. It is one of the largest snakes in the world but smaller than its close relative, the green anaconda. Like all boas and pythons, it is non-venomous and kills its prey by constriction.
10. Black Headed Python
The black-headed python is a species of snake in the Pythonidae. The species is endemic to Australia. No subspecies are currently recognized.