Owning a reptile
Thinking of joining the ever-growing number of reptile and exotic pet owners? The National Pet Show is the place to come for advice, with experts on hand to provide an essential introduction to keeping reptiles as pets, including choosing the right pet, how to get started and what equipment you will need.
Here you can meet all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures in the zone sponsored and organised by Exo Terra, the market leader in reptile products for the natural terrarium.
Animals showcased are likely to be tree Lizards, Water Dragons, Turtles and a range of chameleons including a Meller’s Chameleon, a Panther Chameleon and a Veiled Chameleon.
Also, bearded dragons, Spinney Tailed Lizards, a Chuckwalla Lizard and Leopard Geckos. Plus, corn snakes and a Royal Python.
A bug feaure will be full of wonderful crawly creatures including spiders and Beetles.
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5 Essential Reptile Keeping Tips
Regardless of species, there are a few essential items you’ll need to successfully keep reptiles. It is vital that you fully research the requirements of your specific species before you commit to its care.
Starter kids are available providing everything required to re-create a natural habitat – all you need to do is add suitable lighting and heating depending on the species you are keeping.
Reptiles are cold blooded so they must have a heat source, usually through a combination of heat lamps, heat rocks and/or heat mats.
It’s important to get the correct lighting for your reptiles as the UV radiation is vital for their health
Many species will require live foods, but commercially available pellet foods are also available. Vitamin supplements may also be used to ensure proper nutrition.
Cleanliness is very important as a dirty environment can cause sickness and disease. Weekly cleaning is recommended with daily ‘spot cleaning’ to remove waste.
The above list is not meant to be exhaustive and there are many more aspects to be taken into consideration before keeping reptiles, as with any pet. Provided you do your research and get the right equipment, keeping reptiles is no more difficult than keeping any other pet and should be an extremely rewarding experience. Getting the environment rights is essential for reptiles.