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Pet Reptile: Tips for Choosing a Reptile as a Pet


When it comes to choosing pets, it’s common for the future owner to want tips for choosing one. Specifically, in this case, a reptile as a pet.

Basic requirements for a pet reptile

The demands of those who have a pet reptile may be stronger compared to those who share their family life with mammals. First, the lack of empathy between humans and this group of animals makes any communication difficult. Consequently, to establish a proper bond, it is necessary to study this type of pet well. Their environment, periods of reproduction, food, and control of their territory, among other aspects.

When it comes to pet reptiles, the options to choose from are very varied and dissimilar to each other. Aquatic turtles, chameleons, geckos, and snakes stand out. Species that also do not show any clear symptoms when they have a health problem. What makes it essential to understand how they express their emotions and needs.

The artificial environment

Reptiles are cold-blooded animals and do not have the ability to control their body temperature. The ‘habitat’ that is built for them must simulate their natural environment. You must allow spaces for sunbathing. And, as a general rule, remain at a temperature between 25ºC-35ºC.

Likewise, the terrarium must correspond to the adult size of the selected specimen. Moreover, there must be space to allow movement in all directions for your pet reptile. Such as walking, climbing, jumping, and swimming. Logs, hiding places, and other accessories must be placed. It is also important that the space is easy to clean.

A guy holding a small gecko
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Feeding a pet reptile

The diet of reptiles depends on the species and can be carnivorous, insectivorous, herbivorous, and omnivorous. Also, the frequency is different for pet reptiles. For example, snakes must be fed once a week with live animals, such as mice. While some lizards require fruits and vegetables 3 times a week.


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