Pet reptile and how to care for them
Some people love to have reptiles as pets, and once you have decided to have a pet reptile, there are lots of things to consider about. Before concentrating on a particular species, you should always keep a few things in mind. Below is a list of common pet reptile and how to care for them.
The size of the pet reptiles. Easy-to-handle reptiles are always a good choice if you have children or elderly at home. When you have pets around, children usually try to hug them, so always be careful to choose a reptile of medium size that even though when they become mature, they are still small enough to be “hugable.”
Reptiles for beginners. Horned lizards, anoles, geckos and bearded dragons are the smallest species. These lizards are docile by nature and can be easily domesticated. They are fond of mice, vegetables, flowers, and insects.
Some species are difficult to handle. Some reptiles like chameleons, iguanas, and large snakes are very difficult to handle.
Some of the reptiles that are ideal for beginners are listed below:
One of the most common pet lizard sold in pet shops is the Iguana. This breed of lizards is not advisable because the iguanas become aggressive by nature as they mature. However, there are some varieties of lizards that may be suitable for beginners.
Leopard Geckos: Leopard geckos are ideal for beginners because it can be handled easily because of its size. His foods are insects, which are easy to get. In addition, they can be kept in tanks of a medium size.
Bearded dragons: they need a tank of about 40 liters, require high temperatures as they live in deserts. They should be provided with propitiated UVA and UVB rays. Their diet consists of fruits, fresh vegetables, and insects.
Snakes are a bit difficult to handle because of their diet. They prefer mice or rats and should be fed once a week. It is not safe to leave a large number of rodents in his cage, as the bite can hurt or if the reptile is outnumbered. Therefore, it is recommended to be given only enough food for one meal at a time.
Corn snakes: These snakes are docile and beautiful. A mature pet can be about 3-5 feet and has a life of about ten years. Just make sure that they are properly kept in closed containers.
Ball pythons: These snakes can live for about 20 -30 years, 5 feet long and are picky eaters.
The concept of keeping turtles as pets which is considered ideal for children is changing because large turtles bring a lot of dirt, and after a while, children also lose interest in them. Because they have such a long shelf life, they require a lot of dedication and commitment.
So, after enumerating many options all you need to do is choose the best that suits your needs and possibilities. Special care should be taken when choosing a pet if you have kids around.
10 Tips for our pet reptiles reptiles
Within the group of the reptiles we can find thousands of different species, so here are some general tips on feeding offered, but we encourage all new owners of reptiles to learn in depth about feeding the particular species you have. We are going to give ten tips for our pet reptiles.
We can broadly classify reptiles in carnivores and herbivores, although there are also omnivores.
Carnivorous species like most aquatic turtles and snakes which eat “meat” or other animals. For some species, there are commercial preparations feed making it much easier feeding. As they are formulated so that the amount of nutrients is correct and prevent a deficit of any element. If there is no commercial diet for the species we have and you decide to give it a food prepared at home, we have some data into account. We give you ten tips:
1. Always give whole animals. For example, feed the snakes with one mice at once, not just pieces of meat, or our turtles with whole fish, not just fish pieces. We do this to avoid deficiencies or imbalances in the management of some nutrients such as phosphorus and calcium.
2. Do not give them cold food. The reptiles can not regulate their body temperature like mammals do, and a cold meal can slow down or even completely stop their digestion. It is recommended to keep the food at room temperature.
3. Frozen food should not be kept too long in that state (maximum three months and possibly less). During this time, it is losing the content of vitamin E and can cause disorder in our pet due to deficiency of this vitamin.
You should add vitamin or mineral supplements to the diet. We also must read and follow the indication of use to avoid overdosing.
4. Do not abuse the rewards ( “sweets”) to completely replace the diet of our pet reptiles. It is very common to see water turtles that are fed only with dehydrated shrimp or shrimp, which is a very serious mistake because this food lacks proper nutritional intake and causes metabolic and developmental problems.
5. Herbivorous species have vegetables served for food, such as iguanas and tortoises. There are excellent commercial feed for these species, and if we feed our pet reptiles with this feed, they are less likely to provoke eating disorders.
6. It is best to avoid nutritional deficiencies by the variety diet. For example, prepare salads with many different vegetables (6 or more), minced and mixed, and vary ingredients along day to feed not always the same.
7. As with the carnivores, we should not provide very cold foods, fresh from the fridge or freezer.
8. We must carefully read the instructions for use and administer the correct dose of nutritional supplements if we decide to use them. If an animal diet is based on more than 60% in formulated feed, it is not necessary to apply any nutritional supplement.
9. In addition to these two common groups reptile species, there are omnivores as I’ve said above. They eat both vegetables and meat. Even some are classified as herbivorous or carnivorous during some periods of his life (as some tortoises that when young tend to be omnivorous though their diet by becoming adult becomes herbivorous).
10. For these reasons, it is recommended once again that the owner or prospective owner of pet reptiles research very well what the nutritional needs of your particular animal. Also, you must have located a local store selling food for your reptile and have the necessary time to prepare.
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