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Years back I had two reptiles that I simply adored. One was a veiled chameleon named George, and the other was a common tree lizard named Athena. At that time, finding information about reptile care was not very easy. The internet was still new and not many vets specialized in reptiles as pets. So back then, I was left with library books as a guide. Things sure have changed for the better now though. The website petMD, which I also adore, just launched its brand new Reptile Care Center. I sure wish that had been around back when I had George and Athena! It is a wonderful resource for learning how to care for your reptile, whether that be a turtle, lizard, or snake. Something that sets petMD apart from other websites is that all of its content is Veterinarian written and/or is approved for accuracy. Now, when you purchase your new reptile at PetSmart, you can learn all about reptile care at the care center! Not sure what kind of reptile to get? Read on for some suggestions.
Thinking About Getting a Reptile?
Reptiles are great pets. George was so much fun when I had him. Chameleons shoot their tongues out to get food, which is fun to watch, and they can be very tame and friendly. The also are super cute as babies! I used to hold George on my finger just as in the photo below. Athena was pretty wild, but she was really fun to watch as she ran around her enclosure. She loved to sit on her rock and look out the window.
Reptiles do not have to be difficult to care for. With resources such as the Reptile Care Center at petMD, the information you need at your fingertips. Reptiles make great pets for kids, who often are attracted to them based on knowledge dinosaurs, and reptiles tend to be relatively affordable and often do not take up much space.
A Few Reptiles to Consider
Turtles: According to the American Pet Products Association, Turtles are the #1 reptile pet. I can see why. They are fun and easy to care for. I always wanted a turtle! They also are really long lived. Water turtles generally live about 30 to 40 years and box turtles and tortoises live 50 to 100 years!
Snakes: Snakes have been around the earth for a long time, with the oldest snake fossils dated at more than 140-160 million
years old. They shed their skin as they grow, with babies shedding more than adults. Snakes don’t eat often. They will typically consume a meal only once per week or or once every two weeks, and some snakes can go longer between meals.
Lizards: I have a preference for lizards and, if I were going to get a new lizard today, it would probably be a bearded dragon. One of my friends has a Bearded Dragon that she really loves. They are easy going lizards that have good personalities. My friend was surprised to see just how much personality they have. For example, bearded dragons can recognize and respond to their
owners’ voices and touch.
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