Reptiles How To

Reptiles need an environment that simulates their natural habitat. As such, they need owners who can provide the best care for them. If reptiles are not handled properly, they will die. Research shows that 50-90% of reptiles die during their first year of captivity. While reptiles require less upkeep than other kinds of pets, they cannot handle neglect. Thorough research on the species you are interested is imperative, particularly about their required feeding requirements and environmental conditions. Like fish, the key to keeping reptiles alive is to make sure their living conditions in captivity are the same as their living conditions in the wild. Reptile owners spend a great deal of time maintaining the temperature and humidity in the vivarium, always making sure it is dry enough or humid enough, cool enough or warm enough. Cost and food availability are another important consideration. There are plenty of online resources, video tools, and books that open to you the unique world of reptiles and guide you through the requiring yet fascinating hobby.

Popular Pet Reptiles

Boa Constrictors: Boa constrictors are very easy to keep, making them a great choice for beginners. Captive boas can also be bred if the owner is able to provide the right temperature gradients and food. They do not require UVA/UVB light but as with any pet snake, they prefer to feed on whole prey (e.g. mice, rats). Boas can grow up to 7 feet. Corn Snakes: Another ideal pet for beginners is corn...


Types of Vivarium

Plastic Vivariums: This type of enclosure is best suited for small reptiles. Plastic vivariums are cheaper than other types of vivarium. Wood Vivariums: Wood vivariums are best suited for reptiles whose natural habitat is woods. By mimicking their natural habitat, wooden vivariums can make your pet feel comfortable in their enclosure. Wood is an efficient insulator, which means that you get to p...


Determining If Keeping a Pet Reptile is For You

In some states and countries, it is illegal to keep certain kinds of reptiles as pets. In many places, for instance, owning any kind of venomous snake or alligator is illegal. The first step in deciding whether a reptile is for you is to find out if owning one is legal in your area. Reptiles are Salmonella carriers. While Salmonella infections can be prevented through proper hygiene, owners must...


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