Over recent years, people who are thinking about owning their FIRST reptile. There are some very important things to consider before you go out and buy your first reptile. We hope that after you’ve read this page, able to help you in the right direction to get you started.
It is said that reptiles are low maintenance, which in some circumstances, can be true – for example, reptiles do not require daily walking or weekly or monthly baths, so in that sense, they can be considered to be lower maintenance when compared to other pets. But, there are other important things to consider when owning a reptile.
Finding Sources of Information About For Your Reptile
- Reputable specialist reptile petshops,
- Websites reptile on the internet
- Reptile magazines and books,
- Herpetological Societies and Associations,
- Reputable Reptile Breeders and articles from scientists and wildlife experts.
Reptiles are not all alike, and we need to understand some things about ourselves before we can even think about what reptile to get. Ask yourself the following questions, and then we can narrow the field down:
Questions To Ask Yourself First Owning A Reptile
- Can you handle a reptile animal?
- What are the space requirements of a fully-grown adult of the species you want?
- How much time are you willing to spend taking care of them?
- What are the health risks involved with that species?
- How much do you want to handle your pet?
- Can you prepare fresh foods on a regular basis?
- Can you afford the upkeep?
They all reptiles have their own unique personalities and they all have different husbandry requirements. This means there is always a lot to learn about them, the trick for who is to get their owning a reptile. This usually means heading to the local Herpetological Society, World Wide Web, and Herpetological booksellers to get information on how the animal lives and has adapted to its environment.
For example, it is very important to consider their environment, which means proper cage design involving lighting, heating, substrates and naturalistic ornamentation.
Remember, Your Reptile’s Housing, To Consider Some Basic Things Such As
- Heating and heat sources (All reptiles can’t generate their own body heat.)
- UVB lighting to aid in Calcium D3 absorption,
- The most appropriate substrate for your reptiles,
- Size of the cage (That you need to consider the animal’s fully grown size)
- “Thermo-gradient” within the enclosure – simply put, a hot end where the basking spot is and a cooler end for your animal to cool down in,
- Naturalistic ornamentation such as branches, rocks and places to hide for your reptile.
It’s the fact that reptiles are exciting, interesting, which makes them even more appealing!. However, the care they require is often far above what many owners would prefer to give. Reptiles are extremely sensitive to light and heat. In summer and winter, this can take a lot of energy to maintain in a reptile enclosure, which can be costly for a pet owner.
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