I'm re-doing my bedroom over and when it's finished painting my parents said I can finally get a pet lizard. But I don't know which one to get. It seems like there are hundreds of species to choose from. Basically what I'm looking for in a pet lizard: -Doesn't grow too large (24"-30" max) -Prefers tropical environment (If possible) -Likes to swim (If possible) -Either omnivorous or carnivorous -First choice: species of monitor -Second choice: species of iguana or an iguana-like lizard -Not too expensive to take care of (Basic requirements: shelter, heat lamp etc.) -Doesn't require an enormous tank to live in. However a tank thats three feet wide, 1 1/2 feet deep, and three feet high works perfectly. If anyone here owns a lizard or has alot of experience with owning them your help would be greatly appreciated I know quite a bit when it comes to reptiles, not an expert by any means but I know enough to handle the ones that are a bit more advanced than a beginner's level. I only had one lizard, a green anole, as a pet when I was eight and it died unfortunately. I'm not sure what the reason was, might have been impaction from accidentally eating some of the gravel in the tank (I noticed when he was dead he turned a grey-ish green color and his stomach-region looked red and swollen). Also I heard anoles are hard to take care of and are easily stressed out, so I'll pass on them.