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Keeping Reptiles and Amphibians as Pets

Are you thinking about keeping a reptile or amphibian as a pet? If so, there's a lot to consider before you make the decision to bring one. The information is this category can help you decide if one of these amazing animals will actually be the right companion for you.

A Lot of Variety

Reptiles and amphibians fall in the category of exotic pets, and as such, you'll need to check your local regulations to determine which ones are legal for you to keep as pets. As a general rule, it's probably legal to keep anything that's sold at one of the major pet store chains, but you'll need to be more careful if you're purchasing from a private dealer. There are many animals in this group to choose from, and some of the most popular choices include:

  • Snakes
  • Turtles
  • Tortoises
  • Lizards
  • Salamander
  • Newts
  • Frogs
  • Toads

Your first job is to study any of these animals that interest you to learn more about them. You'll find a number of articles on individual species in this category, and more info will be added as time goes on.

Provide the Right Care

Iguana on its keeper's hand

Keeping one of these exotic pets is quite different from caring for a puppy, kitten or even a goldfish. Most require a very specialized habitat with specific ranges for temperature, heat and humidity. In most cases, you'll want to replicate the animal's native environment as closely as possible. You'll find that info in this category as well.

Feeding is also quite specialized for this group, and you'll need to provide the right diet to keep your pet healthy. Learn the difference between feeding turtles, lizards, snakes and more.

Understand the Risks Involved

To say that amphibians and reptiles are not your average pets is an understatement, and there are certain risks associated with keeping them.

While some pet snakes are relatively docile, you still need to take care handling them because getting bitten is a possibility. Some species, like fire-bellied toads, release toxins. Other species, especially turtles and lizards, shed salmonella bacteria in their feces which can sicken the average adult and can even prove fatal to small children, senior citizens and anyone with a compromised immune system.

That's not to say you can't get great satisfaction from keeping these animals as pets, but it's important that you learn how to handle the potential risks associated with whichever species you ultimately choose.

Are Any of These Pets a Good Fit for You?

It's one thing to admire a beautiful creature, but providing the proper environment and care can be a challenge with this group. Take plenty of time to learn all you can before you make a commitment to a particular pet to ensure that you have chosen well. The information you find here will help you do just that. Check this category often to see what's new.

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