Best Lizard Names For Your New Pet

Have you recently purchased a brand-new lizard?

Are you attempting to come up with some potential name options for your new critter? 

Names are so important, and honestly, it’s one of the most fun parts of owning a lizard. 

You get to name it anything you want, but there are so many options out there. 

We’re here to help with this guide and list of the best lizard names. 

There are several different ways to choose a name for your lizard. Pick a name entirely at random, or base your choice on their personality, appearance, or relevant pop culture references.

Considering your lizard’s name will be its identification for the rest of its life, it’s important to pick something amazing which will suit it forever! 

If you’re having some trouble coming up with ideas, this article has broken down a list of potential names into separate categories.

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Best Lizard Names By Category 

Consider Your Personal Life

Sometimes, you want to pick a name for your lizard which reflects something important to you rather than something based on your lizard itself. 

To come up with a name which fits this brand, think about your favorite interests. 

Do you have any favorite forms of media, like movies, TV shows, or books? 

The best name for your pet may be hidden amongst your interests. 

In fact, when you name your lizard after something else you care about, it’s an easy way to remember your favorite things daily. 

Also, consider your hobbies and background for possible names. 

If nothing comes to mind after thinking about those topics, the rest of this article is here to provide you with some other options.

Names Based On Appearance

Another favorite approach for naming your lizard is analyzing its appearance, noting its coloring or scale pattern. 

Look for any unique characteristics it may have, like a special marking or an interesting scale pattern. 

For example, a lizard with multiple spines running along its back could be called Spike. 

A lizard with lots of small dots all over it could be Pepper or Speck.

Considering lizards can span the entire spectrum of the rainbow, here are some names for whichever color palette might fit your little critter the best.

If your lizard is predominantly red, consider Rouge, Rosey, Scarlet, or Cherry. 

For orange, use Amber, Coral, Peaches, or Copper. 

Yellow lizards could be Sunflower, Daisy, or Sunny. Green lizards are Jade, Emerald, or Olive. 

If your lizard is blue, use Skye, Sapphire, or Cobalt. 

Purple lizards could go by Barney, Viola, or Violet. Darker lizards in the black or gray domain might like Stormy, Smokey, or Shadow. 

If they lean more towards a tan or brown color, you could use Autumn, Cocoa, or Cappuccino.

Some lizards don’t have a predominant color and are instead multicolored.

 If your lizard fits this description, consider the names Rainbow, Slick, or Crystal. 

Names Based On Personality

If you want to personalize your lizard’s name based on its personality, you’ll have to be a bit patient. 

This will require purchasing your lizard and observing its behaviors over a few days or weeks. 

How do they act? 

Are they active and spunky? 

Shy and timid? 

Nippy and aggressive if you handle them? 

Just like any other animal, each lizard has its own distinct and unique personality. 

Here are some ideas based on your lizard’s personality:

  • Camo or Houdini: for a lizard who likes to hide
  • Fang: for a lizard who gets nippy when you handle them
  • Skater or Swifty: for a lizard who loves to race around their enclosure
  • Sloth: for a lizard who is lazy and stays in one spot all day
  • Slinky: for a lizard who is constantly attempting to escape
  • Winky or Blinky: for a lizard who winks their eyes at you often
  • Fanfare: for a lizard who is noisy
  • Chili: for a lizard with a feisty personality

Names Based On Popular Media

When it comes to creative names, no one quite has it down like the people in the pop culture field. 

Whether it’s TV shows, movies, or video games, there are many famous lizards already out there for you to pick from. 

Considering dragons have a strong basis on modern-day lizards, famous dragons are also a perfect opportunity to select a name:

  • Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon)
  • Smaug (The Hobbit)
  • Mushu (Mulan)
  • Yoshi (Mario games)
  • Charizard (Pokemon)
  • Charmeleon (Pokemon)
  • Charmander (Pokemon)
  • Geico (Insurance commercials)
  • Norbert (Harry Potter)
  • Horntail (Harry Potter)
  • Puff (Puff the Magical Dragon)
  • Spyro (Spyro the Dragon)
  • Draco (Harry Potter)
  • Reptar (Rugrats)
  • Khaleesi (Game of Thrones)
  • Viserion (Game of Thrones)
  • Randall (Monsters Inc.)
  • Yoda (Star Wars)
  • Liz (Magic School Bus)

Names Found In Mythology

One of my personal favorite ways to name a pet is by thinking about mythological creatures across a spectrum of cultures and belief systems. 

There are lots of lizard or dragon-like creatures in ancient myths, and these names will often give your pet a more majestic and powerful name:

  • Godzilla (Japanese monster)
  • Hydra (many-headed serpent in Greek mythology)
  • Nessie (Loch Ness monster)
  • Abas (in Greek Mythology, he was transformed into a lizard by Demeter)
  • Tatsu (Japanese mythological dragon)
  • Imoogi (a Korean ocean dragon which translates to “Great Lizard”)
  • Coca (Portuguese dragon)
  • Azazel (dragon in Abrahamic religions)


While it may seem extremely overwhelming to pick the perfect name for your lizard, it’s important to remember there are no wrong answers! 

Name your lizard whatever you want because, at the end of the day, it’s the name you’ll be using to refer to your pet. 

Don’t let the process stress you out too much. 

Have fun with it and choose something fun and memorable. 

The above list is only meant to inspire you, so don’t feel compelled to pick a name off our list! 

We know whatever name you end up choosing, it’ll be perfect for your little critter.


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