Reptiles are an increasingly popular pet choice, and for good reason. There are many reasons that people want to own a reptile as their first pet. Reptiles can help with mental health, they require very little time commitment (they aren’t like dogs or cats), there is no need to walk them outside, the list goes on! But before you rush out and buy your first pet reptile without doing any research, read this blog post which will tell you everything about owning reptiles and how to do your research before making such an important decision!
Do you want a pet that is different from the other ones in your neighborhood? If so, then maybe it’s time to think about owning a reptile. There are many benefits of having one as an animal companion such as they can provide companionship and help with mental health. However, before deciding on this type of pet there are some things you should consider first.
1. Get a pet reptile
First of all you have to figure which species of reptile you are interested in. There are many different species of reptiles, and each one has their own specific needs.
Popular choices are:
and many more!
There are thousands of reptile species to choose from, so choose one that excites you and you have done a lot of research about. We keep a range of geckos from Leopard Geckos to Pictus Geckos.
You can find our post about leopard geckos here.
2. Find out what kind of reptiles are legal in your area
You should check to see if the reptile you want is legal to keep in your area. There are many different types of reptiles, and some areas have restrictions on what kind you can keep.
So check up on you local laws to see if you are able to keep the type of reptile you want.
If not, then find a different species that is legal to have in your area!
3. Build or buy an enclosure for your new pet
This is one of the fun parts,Now you know what species of reptile you want. You can research its natural enviroment and build an enclosure to how you think it would like to live.
If you don’t have the time or money for that, then there are many places online where people sell pre-built enclosures and they come in all shapes sizes!
Most places will sell prebuilt terrariums which are cost effective, and saves you time trying to build one.
4. Buy all the supplies you’ll need to take care of your new friend
You will need to research your new repitle as some species require different equipment and care.
Vivariums, Heating, Thermostat, and maybe UVB depending on the species you have chosen.
You will also need to buy food, water bowls and dishes.
If you want your reptile friend in a more natural enviroment then there are many plants that can be used for decoration! You’ll have fun looking at all the different types of decorating options available online or even locally if they sell them near where you live.
Now we have spoke about the basic needs about keeping reptiles, its up to you to go and do some good research on the species of reptile you have chosen. Each reptile requires different care and will tolerate handling different to each other. Once you have got your reptile you will be glued to their enclosure watching them for hours!