What You Need To Know About #ReptileCare
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“What’s in your zoo right now?” is a question many of my friends and family ask. I have never turned away a pet in need. I am also open to getting to know new pets and new species. Thankfully my parents were okay with that because growing up I’d had bunnies, a pony (with asthma!), a horse, guinea pigs, gerbils, anoles, indoor and outdoor cats (you live on a farmette and everyone drops off pregnant cats), dogs, ferrets, geckos, a turtle, parakeets, finches, a cockatiel, salt and fresh water fish, my son’s boa, and an iguana the kids won at a county fair. The “what’s in your zoo” question is valid, right?
In my house, right now, are two ferrets, two dogs, four cats and a bearded dragon named Alice. We don’t really know if Alice is a female but we liked the name and it stuck. Alice is our second bearded dragon. We had our first dragon, Charles, for about seven years until he went over the Rainbow Bridge and so enjoyed his personality that we knew we wanted a second one.
Before I owned my first dragon I never considered the fact that they might have unique personalities. I surely never thought they would be happy to see us — you know, like the dogs do. Alice and her tank is in the back family room; when she’s been alone for a few hours and we walk into the back room she will pace the tank and run up and down the log until we talk to her, spray her with some water and give her some lettuce. Once we’ve done that, she either hangs out on the top of her log or on the top of her heated cave, content.
When the cats are otherwise occupied we will bring her out of the tank. She either sits on our shoulders or lounges along the back of the couch. Henrietta is never too fond of that turn of events. It’s mutual because Alice will arch her back, puff out her beard and generally make herself look big and scary.
When the nephews visit they love to reach in and feed and pet her and she will submit to a bit of handling from them (we make sure the nephews wash their hands when they’re done because some reptiles can carry salmonella — something we learned when we researched #reptilecare.)
[ctt tweet=”If you’re considering a pet that is relatively low maintenance, fun to watch, interesting & w/personality, reptiles — whether dragons, geckos or turtles are fun.” coverup=”a25Uc”]While we had the boa in the house, it wasn’t quite my favorite reptile, but my son enjoys it. Why do I enjoy reptiles as pets?
- They are unique
- They have individual personalities
- They are a great way for kids to learn about how to care for a different kind of pet
- The research that goes into determining the type of reptile pet you want to own is interesting and necessary. You don’t want to get a pet, for example, that you will have to feed live food (aka mice) to if that isn’t something you can tolerate. I have only ever owned reptiles that eat crickets and meal worms.
- Truly, a nicely landscaped reptile habitat can lend itself to your overall home decorating. For example we have had reptiles that needed lush environments and the greenery was beautiful in the tank. The dragon’s habitat is desert-like so we now have sand, stones, a rock cave and a log for her to climb on. You can “decorate” the outer wall of the tank with a terrarium background.
The one reptile I have never owned, but have always been intrigued by is a chameleon and I believe that is what we are going to bring into the house next month! I love that petMD has a Reptile Care Center where I can go and find out what I need to know before I make a final decision on a chameleon. and PetSmart, celebrating Reptile Mega Month, has a fantastic area on its reptile purchase center available so I can read all about my potential new reptile pet before I even head out to drive to the store! have the new I have to begin clearing off space on my bookshelf! Can’t wait to write about my journey!
Note: I took the “Are you a bearded dragon expert” quiz and the only one I got wrong was how to tell if your beardie is male or female! I’m all right with that, though because everything else was more important to me because it all related to the care and health of my dragon and I aced those!