Are you thinking about getting a pet, but very much prefer an unconventional one? If so, reptile pets could be a good addition to your list. However, taking care of them may not be as easy as you might think. While you may have an idea or two about pet care, you might find yourself a bit bewildered when you’re actually taking care of a for heavy chewers reptile. Theoretically, reptile pets are harder and more delicate to take care of.
If you’re certain about getting yourself a reptile pet, here are some tips you want to know:
Be Educated About Them
This is probably the most important tip. It’s never wise to take on a responsibility without having any idea about it, especially with pets that have more potential to be dangerous than the other ones.
Opt to Bred Reptiles in Captivity
Doing so will raise the chances of your reptile being amenable to your training. Since they’re not in the wild, they’ll have a different perception of what life is for them. This will also ensure that your new reptile is healthy.
Handle Your Pet with Caution
With any new pet, it’s always advisable to treat it with caution. This especially applies to reptile pets. Reptiles are quite known to be aggressive, and what you can do when you train one is to keep its head away from you at all times at first. Afterward, slowly introduce yourself. Sudden movement will most likely trigger his aggression.
Don’t Use Head Restraints if Possible
You want to build a healthy and relaxed relationship with your pet, even if it’s a reptile. Treating it with extreme caution, like head restraints, kind of defeats the purpose of having a pet. It’s important that your pet is well-disciplined enough that head restraints are not necessary, unless in extreme situations.
Train Your Pet to Interact without Involving Food
Reptiles are very familiar with biting to either eat or attack. This is why it’s important that you train your pet to interact without feeding him. You can do this by getting its attention with inanimate objects. This will take your pet’s mind off of hunt or feeding.
Touch Your Reptile in Safe Spots
There are some parts in reptiles that will prompt them to attack. It is good to know which parts these are in order to avoid them. For instance, snakes and lizards should not be held by the tail for this sends them warning signals.
Be Aware of What Nutrients Your Reptile Needs
Nutrition is very important for every pet. Keep in mind that most reptiles need fresh meat, but the specific kind of fresh meat and nutrients differs for every kind of reptile.
Check the Temperature, Lighting, and Humidity
What’s average for us may not be for them. Room temperature can be cold for reptiles. When it comes to humidity, a room that’s too dry can cause health problems while one that’s too moist can collect bacteria. As for the lighting, reptiles rely on UV rays’ heat and day-night cycles, so make sure to expose them to the right type of lighting to avoid any health problems.
As a pet owner, you have to learn how to handle your reptile with confidence and respect. Reptiles, just like any other pet, can feel what you’re feeling, and feeling unsure about the owner-pet relationship that you are starting with them does not play to your advantage.