Having a reptile for a pet is becoming more common every day. People today are not shying away from having lizards, snakes, and even turtles as part of their pet collection. They are among the easiest to care for pets you may ever know, and one of the safest.
One of the most interesting reptile facts is their longevity. Many new snake owners get their first pet in their early twenties to early thirties. Did you know many pet snakes live 20 years, with some living as long as 40 years? If you are 25 today, you could be retiring from your work career by the time your snake dies. Having a snake as a pet is committing to buying their frozen or live mice for 20 to 40 years.
Another one of the very important reptile facts is they are cold blooded. They cannot produce their own body heat and must get their heat from light or the room temperature. It is critical to keep your reptiles warm. If they become too cold it is possible for them to die. The most common symptom you notice as it gets cold is your reptiles will become very lethargic. They need heat to stay limber and active. Some species of lizards, snakes, and turtles can survive in very cold temperatures, but it means they go into a state of near-hibernation during the cold times.
No matter what type of reptile you choose, you are going to need to provide them with proper nutrition. The most common form of nutrition comes in the form of meat or insects. This may require purchasing live food. Many species of reptiles are very finicky eaters and will not eat frozen or dead food. Even some snakes or lizards which commonly eat frozen and thawed foods become finicky eaters and will not settle for anything but live. This is especially true if you start off feeding them live and then try to switch them to freeze. They may become very insistent about having live food.
Before buying any reptile as a pet your first stop should be at the pet stores book section or at a large bookstore. Buy a good quality book on your particular species or type of reptiles. You will want to have all the facts at your fingertips. It is a good idea to check the facts about the species before you make your purchase to make sure you have all the right equipment and accessories.
One of the most important accessories is having the proper lighting and warming area for your reptiles. They will want a rock, log, or another surface which allows them to bask in the light to absorb heat. This is very critical before feeding to make sure their body is ready for activity.
The most important of all reptile facts, they are great fun to have as pets. With the ease of care, their quiet nature, and long lives they make excellent pets.