When you imagine a cuddly pet, you’d think of a dog or a cat that are simply perfect to snuggle with. But this couple has a different type of pet… And even though it’s not fluffy, MacGyver is quite a lovely creature! Scott and his wife Ice own a giant lizard and it might not wag its tail and knock everything in its way to welcome them home with tons of kisses, but he loves them in his own… scaly way.
Check them out in these amazing photos, and see how he spends his days. You won’t believe what he does at #16!
20. The Lovely Pet Lizard
MacGyver the lizard is a great pet for this married couple. Scott and Ice have had him since it was a baby lizard, and ever since he became a member of their family, he took the internet by storm. Don’t believe it?
19. A Giant Creature
This lizard is a species of reptiles called ‘Argentine Red Tegu’, and he lives in California with his owners. And it might seem hard to believe it, but he is very popular on the internet. You won’t believe how many accounts he has…
18. MacGyver is Famous!
This giant lizard has a YouTube account, a Facebook page, an Instagram account, a Twitter account and even a LinkedIn profile! Once you see the description of the LinkedIn profile, you’ll die of laughter!
17. Celebrating With MacGyver
On his fourth birthday, the lizard received a salmon ‘cake’ to celebrate. And at his 20 pounds, we’d say that he had more than enough! This lizard is about the same size as a small dog. And even though he doesn’t fetch, he’s a great pet!
16. Thousands of Admirers
The giant lizard has a lot of admirers all over the world. Scott said that MacGyver ‘can go anywhere he wants pretty much in the house, but he’ll choose to come over and sleep right in front of the couch where our feet are’. The next photo is hilarious!
15. That is Quite Impressing!
MacGyver has over 48,000 YouTube subscribers, 143,000 Facebook fans, 13,800 Twitter followers, 183,000 followers on Instagram and guess what his LinkedIn profile says about him. We’re in tears!
14. ‘Chief Executive Lizard’
You know it’s serious business when your pet lizard has a LinkedIn account. He is listed as ‘Chief Executive Lizard at MacGyver the Lizard LLC’, and he’s already graduated from the ‘University of Salmon Eating Online’. The next photo will leave you in awe!
13. A Popular Couple
To protect their privacy, Scott and Ice have kept their last names a mystery. It would be a shame if one day MacGyver would be sunbathing in the backyard and some fan would come to kidnap the lizard!
12. Basking in the Sun
Scott said that after MacGyver sits ‘out in the front yard basking’, we will then ‘go to the bathroom and he’ll walk in by himself’. And his owner said that his lizard is quite smart. This is what he said…
11. He’s Not a Genius…
‘He is pretty smart’, said Scott. Of course, he admits that his lizard is not a genius: ‘He’s not quite at the TV series MacGyver-level. Put it this way, he is much, much smarter than most people think that reptiles can be.’
10. It’s a Lot of Work
Whoever thinks that caring for a giant lizard is easy, they’re wrong. Schott said that there are many who think that ‘reptiles are really easy to care for’, but ‘these guys are not easy,’ he said.
9. He’s Like a Special Needs Dog
MacGyver is similar to a special kind of dog that needs certain requirements: being so large, Scott said that ‘it’s nearly impossible to find a prefabricated enclosure that is suitable for them for less than a couple grand’. And the food…
8. Then There’s the Food…
A large enclosure built for such a big lizard would get to about $400. Plus, these lizards eat a lot of meat, adding a lot of expenses. You won’t believe what MacGyver’s favorite food is!
7. Ohhh, Goodness!
MacGyver absolutely loves eating grapes and he won’t say no whenever Ice shows up with a plate. And talking about grapes, this lizard could mistake something else as his favorite fruit. Check it out at photo #5.
6. What About Dogs?
We’ve mentioned that the giant lizard is more of a high maintenance dog, but how does he behave around them? Scott said that ‘He’s not super afraid of them. He won’t attack them.’
5. When He’s Annoyed, He’d Do This…
MacGyver would just ‘lay there and do his own thing and hope the dog doesn’t get up in his face’. And if the dog is annoying, MacGyver will go away. If the dog will still annoy him, then the dog’s nose might start looking like a grape any second!
4. A Loved Pet
No matter how much time or money they spend on MacGyver, his owners love him very much, and so do his thousands of online fans from all over the world. On all his accounts, his owners keep people updated on the lizard’s antics!
3. He’s an Animal Ambassador
MacGyver is a lizard ambassador, showing humans that they are capable of love and that they too need attention and care. Of course, his mission is not to make others go and buy lizards, just because he is so cool…
2. Don’t Get a Pet Lizard Unless…
Taking care of a lizard is extremely difficult and this is why a lot of pet lizards have ended up being dumped by owners that couldn’t assume responsibility. You could adopt one if you believe you can handle the tasks!
1. A Dedicated Owner
Scott and Ice are dedicated owners that only do what’s best for their pet. They also have enough financial resources and time to make sure that MacGyver is healthy and thrives.