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Want A Reptile? Consider These Issues

by Leslie Gibson

Your eagerness to get a reptile is something probably something you've been feeling for a while, and when you finally start your search you might start getting somewhat overwhelmed. There are so many different sizes and types of reptiles that you may be about to choose something you think looks physically impressive without thinking about anything else. Consider these factors when looking for reptiles for sale:


If you're going to be handling and caring for the reptile yourself, getting a large snake may not seem like a big deal. However, if you have children and they will be around the reptile, you may want to get something that's smaller in size and easier for them to hold and handle, such as a leopard gecko. In addition, remember that the size of a reptile is likely to be related to how much food they'll have to eat. If you don't have much money in your budget for the kind of food a python will require, for instance, you might want to restrict your reptile search to smaller types.


Just as with mammals or people, different reptiles have different dietary needs. This will not only affect your wallet; if your reptile has dietary restrictions, you'll need to investigate and remember what they can eat and what they cannot. If a reptile only eats mice, that could also make you or your family feel unsettled; as you think about which reptiles best suit you, finding out what they eat is key.


For some reason, people think that owning reptiles is much easier and low maintenance than having a dog or cat. In fact, you might not even have thought about what kind of care regiment you'll have to deal with other than feeding a reptile. Your imagination might have gone straight to how cool it would be to own a beaded dragon, for example, but you might not be aware of the temperatures it requires, nor how getting one would likely require special lighting as well. Ensure you're investigating maintenance as well as their physical appearance before you bring a reptile home.

4-Cage Locks

If you live with roommates or children, a regular cage may not be appropriate. It could be better to splurge for a cage that locks. That way, you're unlikely to have to deal with an escaping reptile, but more importantly you won't have to be concerned that someone will try to handle the reptile without your presence or knowledge.