Finding the Perfect Reptile for You
Letís face it- though reptiles make great pets, theyíre not the easiest animals to own. Reptiles demand a unique kind of care that requires a special breed of owner. Even if you are one of the select few willing to feed your pet live insects or frozen rodents, thereís a lot to know about the animals for which youíll be caring before you commit to owning one.
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These awesome little guys make an ideal pet for the owner who doesnít have a lot of space. These small, nocturnal lizards can be perfectly content in a small aquarium and a few simple amenities.
These snakes are the most domesticated breed and are a perfect starter snake for owners that havenít owned reptiles before. The corn snake are gentle and can easily be kept in a smaller habitat.
Food: Killed mice every 10 days. You can freeze pre-killed mice and feed them at regular intervals.
Habitat: A 20 gallon aquarium with a secure top and pine chips, carpeting or Astroturf to be replaced when soiled. A branch and hiding place should be provided, along with fresh water. A heating pad under the substrate and an overhead light should be used to control the temperature.
Size: Corn snakes can grow to be up to four feet long.
Lifespan: The average lifespan for a corn snake is 10 years.
Russian tortoises are low-maintenance pets that make for excellent pets to the green reptile owner. These tortoises are native to the harsh climate of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and the surrounding areas.
These lizards are great for anyone looking for a medium-sized lizard thatís not too much of a hassle. Bearded Dragons are easy to tame and rather lethargic, especially during the winter. There is a high mortality rate in young lizards, so itís best to buy one that is at least 6 inches long.
Captive Bred King Snake
Kingsnakes are friendly and relaxed, making them great starters, so long as they are captive bred. Captive bred kings can be fed easily but should be kept individually, as they have been known to eat other snakes (including smaller king snakes).
Red Ear Slider
Red Ear Sliders are another pet that can live ling lengths and require little active care. Red Ear Slider are extremely active so they can be endearing to watch and know; however, they spend much of that time swimming, so they will need a place to swim.