So perhaps you’ve decided against a dog or cat for your next pet and are considering something a little different? Reptiles can be a fun and fantastic pet; however, if it’s your first time owning one- you’ll need to get adequately prepared. Depending on the reptile that you choose, you’ll there are different requirements and different equipment that you’re going to need.
Corn snakes can be a great option as a pet; they are pretty easy to take care of because they are docile animals. You don’t need any special lighting for a corn snake, but you may end up needing a relatively large tank (they can grow up to five feet). The biggest consideration when it comes to a snake is feeding them. Snakes need whole prey like rats or mice. You’d have to be prepared to feed them a (preferably dead) rodent around once a week!
With a turtle, you’ll want to choose a large enclosure with a place to swim. A 55-gallon tank would generally be appropriate for a turtle of around 6 inches max. For turtles, UVA light can help them to feed or reproduce (if appropriate)! UVB lights can help them with vitamin D3 and growth. Turtles will eat a lot of plants, including lettuce or dandelion leaves. They will also eat insects like grasshoppers or crickets. When it comes to any reptile, it’s important to have a space that’s big enough for them to live and which suits their needs. Paludariums can be an excellent choice because they are large and incorporate spaces for fish, plants, and reptiles. To check out such an option, take a look at the following link:
Lizards can be an excellent pet for someone who is purchasing their first reptile. If it is your first lizard, you might want to choose a smaller one. Leopard geckos are relatively small, and you will not need to buy any UVB or UVA lighting because these types of lizards are nocturnal. You can feed geckos using insects. Bearded dragons are another popular choice of pet lizard. These require a larger tank of around 60 gallons. You’ll need a UVA or UVB light for these and to keep the environment at a high temperature. Like the gecko, you can feed them insects, and you can also give them fruit or vegetables.
Budget the pet
Once you’ve decided which pet you are going to choose, it’s best to do a budget. Write down the equipment that you will need from the tanks to the lights and plants for the enclosure. Write down the prices of the different foods you’ll need and how often they will need to be fed. You should also have a backup plan for times when you’ll be on holiday. If you have young children, consider how they will adjust to the pet and which option might be more suitable depending on their age. Some kids really love snakes but for others a nice dog might be more of their dream family pet!