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 snake. It is docile, requires minimum upkeep, and grows to an adult size of 3-5 feet only. Well cared-for corn snakes can live up to 10 years in captivity.

Iguanas: Iguanas are more suitable for advanced hobbyists. This lizard has very specific heat, humidity and lighting requirement. Iguanas become aggressive when they reach maturity, too.

Leopard Geckos: Beginners who want to have a lizard for a pet should start with a leopard gecko. This small-sized lizard is one of the easiest reptiles to keep. All they need are a 15-20 gallon tank and good supply of a variety of insects.

Bearded Dragons: Bearded Dragons are one of the most popular pet reptiles. They are calm, friendly, docile, and entertaining. They subsist on insects and fresh fruits and vegetables. It can grow to an adult size of 18-24 inches. Since bearded dragons are desert dwellers, keeping one can be very costly. They need a relatively high temperature and exposure to UVA and UVB light.

Turtles and Tortoises: Turtles have very specific dietary and environmental requirements that are very challenging to meet. Caring for turtles are best reserved to advanced herpetologists.



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