Adding a new member to your family is a fun and exciting time for everyone, especially if you are a first-time reptile owner. Most scaly buddies make great pets if they’re understood by their owner and cared for properly. With that said, we want to make sure your pet enjoys the transition into his new home just as much as you do. So, we’ve compiled a list of the top reptiles to adopt as pets, while keeping their unique characteristics in mind.
What’s cuter than a tiny leopard print lizard? We can’t think of much. Leopard Geckos are very popular little lizards and are widely kept as pets. These quirky guys fall under the beginner care level category, so taking care of them is super easy. Leopard Geckos are also extremely family friendly, and they’re comfortable to be handled. Did you know that they can clean their eyeballs with their tongues? Interesting, right? Hatchlings are about five to ten centimetres long. Adults can grow up to 20 to 25 centimetres, so generally, Leopard Geckos stay small well into their adult life.
Compared to other reptiles, Leopard Geckos are long-lived. This means that you need to prepare for a long commitment, with an average lifespan of ten to twenty years.
FPC Care Tip: Take a look at our blog on how the benefits of feeding your Leopard Gecko Superworms here.
The Bearded Dragon is an all-around loved and widely popular pet. Just the fact that they are tiny dragons already gives them a whole lot of points in our books. Their average lifespan is about eight to twelve years. They are alert, but also very tame pets. Most Bearded Dragon owners easily grow very fond of their pet lizards. Bearded Dragons are also super entertaining. Many owners love watching their bearded besties when they are active. Did you know that Bearded Dragons are also known for ‘arm waving’? This happens when a female Bearded Dragon lifts up their front leg as a submissive gesture. It quite clearly mimics a wave-like movement.
FPC Care Tip: Young hatchlings do not drink from a water bowl and should be given a waterdrop onto their face to imitate morning dew. They should be fed insects and fresh vegetables every day, for ideal growth. Take a look at our blog for more on the habitat requirements of your Bearded Dragon here.
Now, if you are considering adopting a pet snake, a Corn Snake is definitely the way to go for a first-time pet owner. Not only are they easy to take care of, but their beautiful colours and patterns are also extremely unique – brightening up any family. Corn Snakes also make for great pets because of their perfect sizing. They are big and hardy enough for regular handling – yet not so big that it seems intimidating. With proper care, Corn Snakes can live up to twenty years, so make sure you are in it for the long run.
FPC Care Tip: Be sure only to house one Corn Snake in a cage. Snakes aren’t generally social animals – so a cage mate might cause some unnecessary anxiety
Also known as the eyelash gecko, these lizards have become very popular amongst pet owners across the world. Did you know that no Crested Gecko looks alike? Their colours and patterns make every single one unique – which is why we love these guys. When kept in captivity, the Crested Gecko can live up to twelve to twenty years. Once upon a time, the Crested Gecko was seen as a rare and extremely sought-after pet. Now, they are a standard option for animal lovers. Crested Geckos also make great pets due to their slow-moving nature, making them easy to handle. Crested Geckos also love climbing, especially vertical surfaces, so be sure to keep their cages secluded from their spiderman skillset.
FPC Care Tip: Be sure not to tug on their tails too hard, they might fall off!
The King Snake has gained huge popularity among pet owners for their colours, patterns and ease of care. They also easily adapt to life in captivity, allowing you to provide them with a happy and healthy life. When it comes to King Snake cages – bigger is always better, allowing them to move around their home happily. These snakes also make great first-time pets, as they do not require any artificial lighting in their habitat. Just make sure their cage is in a room with plenty of natural light. If you are considering adopting a King Snake as a pet, please feel free to talk to the FPC Team about everything you need to know about properly caring for your pet.
FPC TIP: Be sure not to put your King Snake’s enclosure close to a window with a lot of sunlight as this could overheat the cage, which might be fatal.
It’s also important to remember that every family is unique, so before adopting a pet reptile, make sure they fit into your specific lifestyle. If you have any questions, feel free to speak to the Family Pet Centre team about which reptile will best suit your family – we’d love to chat! Until then, take a look at our blog for more interesting facts.
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