Types Of Pet Reptiles

Not everybody wants to own a pet reptile but some people are fascinated in these amazing creatures.  There are many Types Of Pet Reptiles,  one of which is the iguana, as shown below!

Chosing the Best Type of Pet Reptiles

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Below is a list of popular breeds:

Bearded Dragon

There are 9 types of bearded dragon, which all come from Australia.  We have detailed below a few varieties.

Coastal or Eastern Bearded Dragon

These are also known as the Jew Lizard or Frilly Lizard and are generally dark grey/black with colour on the front of the head. They generally eat plants, insects and small mice.

Lawsons Bearded Dragon

Also referred to as the drumpy dragon, black soil bearded dragon, pogona brevis, pogona rankini, pogona vittikins.  They are light in colour with stripes under the chin, they also have a small beard.  They eat insects and plants

Dwarf Bearded Dragon

This species is sometimes mixed up with the Western Bearded Dragon, they have shorter legs, a smaller head and an unnoticeable beard and generally dark coloured.  They eat insects, plants and small rodents.

Bearded Dragon’s make an ideal pet as they don’t grow too big and are omnivours.  They eat a variety of foods, including insects and plants.  They are gentle creatures and are active during the day.  Although they look like their spines are dangerous, they are in fact soft and not very sharp.

Leopard Gecko

One of the most commonly kept lizards and come in many colours and sizes.  Average life splan is 6-10 years but many live much longer.  Their diet must consist of live insects as they do not eat plants or vegetable.

Red-eared Slider Turtle

This reptile is also referred to as the red-eared terrapin and can grow up to 19cm in captivity. They get their name as they have red stripe around their ears.  They are completely dependent on the temperature of their environment as they are not able to regulate their body temperature.  Check the law in your country, for example, in Australia it is illegal for members of the public to import, keep, trade or release red-eared sliders as they are seen to be an invaive species.

Ball Python

This snake gets the name, Ball Python due to the fact that it likes to roll into a ball when it becomes frightened.  It is also referred to as the Royal Python and is a non-venomous creature.  It has a docile temperament and is relatively small in size.  They have quite a long life span, with the oldest being recorded as living more than 47 years!  Captive phythons generally are only fed once or twice a week.

Green Iguana

Also referred to as the American Iguana, it is a large, mostly herbivore creature growing to about 1.5 metres (4.9ft) from head to tail.  It has bright colours and is calm in nature.  They have spines which protect them from predators and can deliver painful strikes with their tails.  If they are grabbed by their tail, they have the ability to break free to escapae and eventually they will grow another.

Box Turtle

Also referred to as the Crescent Turtle, they have a domed shell allowing them to retract into this shell, which protects them from predators.  They are omnivores and will eat anything it can catch, plus vegetation.  They are not recommended for small children as they can get stressed by handling, they require an outdoor home and regular exposure to the sun.  Three Toed Box Turtles are hardier and are the better species to keep as a pet.

Corn Snake

This is a species of rat sname and has an atractive pattern.  They are fairly docile are moderate in size and simple to care for.  They are harmless and they prey on small rodents.  They get their name as their belly looks like kernels of corn.  In captivity they can live up to 23 years.  They eat small rodents and also reptiles and unguarded bird eggs.  They are one of the most popular types of pet snakes as they are calm and tolerate being handled by their owners.

Tortoise

Tortoises are protected by their shell, enabling them to fully disappear when a predator strikes.  The top part of the tortoise is called the carapsace and the rings can be counted to give a rough indication on how old the animal is.  However, if the animal has plenty of food and water with no significant drops during the different seasons, it will have no noticeable rings.  Some tortoises have been known to live up to 150 years.  They feed on grass, leafy greens, flowers and some fruits.

Not sure what reptile is right for you?  Check out the video below to help with choosing the best beginner reptile.


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Pet Reptiles And Amphibians

Another interesting pet that some people like to keep  relating to Pet Reptiles And Amphibians is the tree frog, with its huge eyes and the ability to fit right in with its environment by being a similar colour – fascinating creature don’t you think?

Tree Frog

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The 3 main types of amphibians are:

  • Anura (frogs and toads)
  • Urodela (salamanders)
  • Apoda (caecilians)

Prior to deciding on keeping a frog or toad as a pet, you do need to research the law in your country.  For example, in Australia, frogs and tadpoles are protected and therefore you must acquire a licence to keep them as a pet.

As with all pets, you must look into what is involved in keeping this type of creature before you decide to take on the responsibility.   Frogs, for example, do not like to be handled and require a diet of live insects.  They also can live up to 20 years, so decide whether you are willing to care for it for its entire life.

Learn all about amphibians in this video and decide whether this is the correct pet for you!


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Best Pet Reptiles For Beginners

So if you have decided that this kind of pet is right for you, what exactly are the Best Pet Reptiles For Beginners. Read on to discover what they’re all about!

Pet Reptiles

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Although reptiles and amphibians are unique pets, it is important you understand that they have specific needs.  As they are kept in a cage, they will rely on you to provide the correct nourishment for their well-being.  You must understand that some species do have a fairly long life-span, so you need to be prepared to dedicate time and money to care for them.

What will you feed them?

If your stomach turns regarding the thought of feeding another animal to your pet reptile, you need to reconsider deciding on a pet snake!  It may be better to choose a reptile which has a herbivour diet (plants only).

Tune in to the videos below to learn just what are the best pet reptiles for beginners.  This will help you decide whether they really are going to be a pet you can love and care for!


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Feeding My Pet Reptiles

So you’ve decided that you would like to care for a reptile but you must first learn more about them.  Read on to learn all about Feeding My Pet Reptile!

Knowing What to Feed Your Pet Reptiles

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Depending on the type of reptile will determine its food preference.

The terms below indicate their preference:

Carnivore

These reptiles generally eat meat, eg mice and rats.  They also eat birds’ eggs, fish and insects. Reptiles include lizards and snakes.

Herbivores

These reptiles primarily eat plants, eg lettuce, collard greens, squash and bananas.  Reptiles include iguanas.

Omnivores

These reptiles like a mixture of meat and plants, for example mealworms, earthworms, lettuce, crickets and chopped vegetables.  Repties include bearded dragons and aquatic turtles.

The video below gives you an indication of how to feed your pet reptile.

 


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