Reptiles are fascinating creatures and make very good pets. Understanding how to best care for your reptile will ensure that it is healthy, making you both happy!
Choosing the Right Reptile
Before committing to owning a reptile, do your research and understand characteristics of the species you are interested in. Consider reading an expert-recommended book about your desired type of reptile. Understand how large each type of reptile will get when it reaches maturity, and what type of care and supplies will be involved.
Regular Veterinarian Visits
Regular visits to the vet are vital to keeping your reptile healthy and happy. Annual visits should address health screenings as well as nutrition and weight management.
When choosing a veterinarian, visit the American Animal Hospital Association’s website for a list of accredited vet practices in your area and ask for recommendations from friends and family—especially those who take skilled care of their reptiles’ health and welfare.
Choosing a Reptile Tank
When selecting a cage for your reptile, make sure there is enough space for mobility and the cage is escape-proof.
Controlling humidity in the tank is very important for your reptile. Reptiles are used to environments where they can create stable humidity. They can burrow or move to a microclimate that meets their needs. They will depend on you to provide a way for them to regulate humidity. For example, you can prepare a vivarium with an aquatic water filtration in part of the tank and dry terrarium in another part.
Heating and Lighting Your Reptile Tank
It is very important to have and understand the specific heating requirements of your reptile. Most reptiles need full spectrum lights in their habitats to provide them with both UVA and UVB light
Cleaning Your Reptile’s Tank
Reptiles are susceptible to skin and bacterial infections. Therefore, their cages, furnishings, and cleaning equipment should be cleaned regularly and disinfected periodically.