Choosing a pet reptile

Choosing a pet reptile

Reptiles are popular pets for many reasons, not all of which are appropriate. Some people like to have a unique pet such as a image. Some mistakenly believe that the cost of veterinary care is lower for reptiles than it is for dogs and cats. Before acquiring a reptile, thoroughly research all aspects of reptile ownership including which reptile is appropriate for your lifestyle, the appropriate diet, suitable housing, and a healthy, stimulating environment. Some carnivorous reptiles must be fed rodents, such as mice and rats, and some pet owners are not comfortable doing this. Therefore, reptiles are not the right pets for them.

"Educate yourself before welcoming a reptile into your family!"

  1. Before purchasing or adopting a reptile, ask yourself the following questions:
  2. Do I want a pet just to look at, or do I want to handle and socialize it?
  3. How much time can I devote to my pet?
  4. Can I afford proper medical care?
  5. Can I afford to make or purchase the correct habitat (enclosure) for my reptile?

Reptiles bred and raised in captivity as future pets are likely to be healthier and live longer than those captured in the wild, and their purchase supports responsible reptile breeding and management. Many reptiles are best keep as solo specimens and prefer not to share their habitat. Become familiar with the normal weight, coloration, and activities of the species you want prior to purchase. Carefully look over the animal you are considering buying. You should not see any external parasites, such as mites or ticks, and the reptile’s eyes should be clear. Ask about its diet and if the reptile has been eating (if not, there may be a health problem). The skin sheen and color varies greatly by species, age, and time until shed.

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