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Reptile Care Sheet



General Recommendations Before Obtaining a Reptile as a Pet

  • Read as much information as possible about the particular reptile.  Find out about its native habitat, food and feeding practices, temperature and humidity requirements, and behavior.

  • Do not rely on information from friends.

  • Make certain that you can provide the necessary food that the reptile requires.  Many species have special requirements.

  • Check local ordinances to see whether they allow reptiles to be kept as pets.

  • Build proper facilities, large enough to accommodate the full size of the reptile.  Wooden cages are best for maintaining temperature and humidity.

  • Do not rely on heat rocks to provide adequate warmth in the cage.  The rocks cannot heat the air of the cage, which is very important to the well-being of the reptile.

  • Research what the particular reptile requires in its environment, such as a hide box, branches, and plants.  Some reptiles drink readily from water bowls, but others will only lap water on leaf petals.

  • Reptiles are the world's best escape artists.  Escape-proof cages are a must.

  • Air circulation is important to a reptile's well-being, and adequate consideration must be given.  Aquariums provide little air circulation.

  • Become familiar with a veterinarian who is knowledgeable about and willing to treat reptiles.

  • Join a local herpetological club.  Herpetologists study reptiles, and local associations are one of the best places for acquiring information.

  • Choose the most active, brightest-colored reptile as a pet.  Try to find out the last time it ate, shed, etc.  Remember that newborn reptiles are much more difficult to raise.

The above is a reprint of an article written by Wm. Kirk Suedmeyer, D.V.M.  Reprint permission obtained.


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