Monitor lizards surpass gerbils to become UK’s most popular pet

Monitor lizards love the snow! And that’s a fact!
Monitor photo by Alexandre Goloskok – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,, Christmas family photo by White77 from Pixabay

Parents: jubilate! Ye need not worry for Christmas gifts this year. Hamleys have placed monitor lizards at number 4 on their list of top Christmas toys for 2020, and you can buy one today!

That’s right, monitor lizards are officially in vogue and have already become the UK’s most popular pet! Statista have announced that UK pet ownership levels have risen sharply to 70% of households, and the humble monitor lizards are the most popular pet per head GDP in a single household. Wow!

Monitor lizards, which rank a solid 10/10 on the Christmax novelty index, have become so popular so fast because they are so easy to look after, fun for the whole family (they’re even safe to have around babies!) and cheap. Pets@Home spokesman Anna Degu put out the following statement:

We’ve all known for a long time that monitor lizards are both cuter and better than dogs, so it’s great to finally see the market catch up. Monitors are the perfect beginner pet! They’re smarter and more fun than the competition, and because they’re just worthless lizards they’re entirely disposable too! If you buy one at Pets@Home today, we’ll even throw in 5 microwavable replacement monitor lizard eggs for free!

Anna Degu

This news may come as a shock to some as it signals an end to what appeared to be an eternal reign on the pet king throne by the evergreen gerbil. Dissatisfied parents say the gerbil was too much work. For them, monitors make for better pets as you can keep them outside and they rarely need food or medical treatment. Some frugal parents have even noticed that their out-of-season gerbils & hamsters make a tasty meal for their newer, trendier pet!

So, there you have it. Parents: buy a monitor lizard today. Your kids (and your wallet) will thank you for it!

Ashley Reed

My name is Ashley Reed. My hobbies include colouring in, student journalism and making small towers out of cardboard and elastic bands.

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