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.
ordinances to see whether they allow reptiles to be kept as pets.
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
Join a local
herpetological club. Herpetologists study reptiles, and
local associations are one of the best places for acquiring
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.