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I have always been one of those people who is overly concerned about keeping their animals safe, which is why I started visiting local pet stores to look for solutions. I talked with the owners about the products and services that could help me to eliminate common problems, and it was amazing to see the wide range of products that were available. Within a few weeks, I had finally gathered enough supplies to keep my animal safe and sound. This blog is all about understanding pet safety and learning to provide for your animals in a safe, effective, and convenient way.



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Tips For Buying Your First Pet Reptile

by Caleb Jackson

Owning a reptile as a pet is quite different from owning a dog or a cat. Not only do reptiles live in cages, but they often have very specific requirements in terms of temperature and humidity. Many species need warming light bulbs. Some only eat live prey. These are all intricacies that you can deal with if you're a dedicated and determined pet owner. However, it's still important to think through things carefully before buying a reptile as a pet. Here are some tips to follow when shopping for and buying a pet reptile for the first time.

Go with one of the common, first-timer-friendly species.

There are plenty of exotic species of snakes, lizards, and turtles that you may aspire to own one day. But most of these species require highly specialized care that you may not be fully equipped to provide as a first-time pet owner. For your first reptile, you really want to stick with a species that's well known to be easy to care for. Since these species are so widespread, there is also more information out there about their care. Good species for first-time reptile owners include:

  • Leopard Geckos
  • Corn Snakes
  • Ball Pythons
  • Russian Tortoises
  • Bearded Dragons

Purchase an adult, if possible.

Baby and young reptiles require a lot more care than adults. They are much more sensitive to temperature, which can be hard to maintain when you're new to owning reptiles and caring for their enclosures. So, as you shop for pet reptiles, try to focus on adults. Many reptile vendors will sell pets that are young adults, so you can have plenty of years with them without having to worry about nurturing them through their more delicate, early years.

Buy a good setup from the start.

Sometimes new reptile owners figure they'll start with a small cage, some cheap lights, and basic gear — and then upgrade later. But smaller, cheaper cages and cheaper lights are not usually as good at keeping your reptile in good health. For example, cheap lights may fluctuate in temperature more, putting your reptile's health at risk. If possible, you want to choose good equipment from the get-go. It will cost a bit more, but you'll have an easier time keeping your reptile healthy and happy.

Owning a reptile as a pet can be lots of fun. Whether you decide to buy a snake, lizard, or turtle, keep the tips above in mind as you do. 

For more information, look into reptiles for sale in your area.