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5 beginner tips for taking care of reptiles at home

Pets are great companions at home. Most people would choose a furry four-legged animal, such as a cat or dog. Parents may choose a hamster or goldfish to train their kids with proper pet care. Others may take the exotic route and pick a bird, an arachnid, or a reptile.

If you are one of those deciding to take care of a reptile at home, consider these five beginner tips to raise a happy and healthy cold-blooded mini dragon.


Choose the right animal and breed.

Search which reptilian you want as a pet. Many markets with breeding licenses offer chameleons, bearded dragons, geckos, and tortoises, waiting for the right owners to take care of them. Choosing the right reptile for a pet helps you understand which animal thrives in your climate, which is easy to maintain, and which will suit your budget. After all, reptiles are quite expensive pets.


Set up a suitable habitat.

Unlike dogs and cats, your future pet reptile needs a well-made habitat for it to grow and stay happy. Since they are reptiles, they aren’t genetically accustomed to living in a human environment. Think of it like buying a new home. Searching for the right Pag-IBIG house and lot for sale might mean looking for spacious units, garden spaces, and recreational amenities.

Choose a well-made, high-quality glass tank as your reptile’s pet. You wouldn’t want your pet to break the glass and escape. Recreate your reptile’s natural environment by adding plants, soil, rocks, and a watering pool. Your pet will still feel at home with their simulated environment, despite being in a glass tank.


Use UVB/UVA bulbs.

Because your pet is cold-blooded, it will need warmth to survive. Even if you live in a humid climate, your mini dragon might not do well without added heat and light. Before placing your new pet in its tank, add UVB or UVA bulbs to simulate heat and light. These bulbs help boost your pet’s immune system, improve their eating habits, and help with their ability to breed and spawn healthy offspring should you introduce a mate. 


Follow safety protocols.

All pet owners need to follow safety protocols to keep their pets safe and healthy. In the case of reptiles, these protocols may include selecting the right food to feed them, careful cleaning of their tanks, replacing water pools, and placing a tank cover to keep them from escaping. You might even have to provide calcium and vitamin supplements to ensure your reptile gets its essential dietary needs. Following safety protocols lets you raise reptiles in the most conducive environment.


Consult other reptile owners.

Connecting with other reptile owners might help you become a more effective owner yourself. The Internet has tons of pages catered to reptile owners. There, you’ll find forums and discussions on proper reptilian care and how much it will cost owners to keep one. Plus, you may also avoid mistakes in taking care of your pet and risking their death by consulting more experienced reptile parents.


As a whole, reptiles make great pets. Still, you need to take care of them properly to let them live and grow healthily. Consider these five helpful tips and start becoming a great reptile parent.

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