theres lots of lizards she can get that make great pets. some are leopard geckos or MOST geckos,bearded dragons(on the larger size for small lizards), skinks, and many others. i live in ca also, i got them all in ca. if she wanted a really great lizard, she should get BABY iguana. but they get rather large. up to six feet and pretty thick. hope this helps, email me for more suggestions.