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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 home. These pets are highly intelligent and can be quite affectionate with their owners, though they do have specialized care needs. The information in 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:

Your first job is to study any of the 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.

Pick the Perfect Name

Pet reptiles and amphibians deserve names as unique as their species. One of the thrilling aspects of getting a new pet is choosing the perfect name. Whether you've settled on an axolotl, chameleon, turtle, or even a water dragon, you'll find endless inspiration.

Provide the Right Care

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.

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Monitor for Signs of Illness

Even with the correct diet and care, reptile and amphibian pets can still become sick. Signs an exotic pet is dying can differ from the symptoms most owners might be familiar with in dogs and cats. It's important to understand the signs of illness in whichever species you have. The subtle signs displayed by an ill turtle may differ greatly from a sick snake or a bearded dragon.

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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