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How to Be a Great Reptile Owner

January 15, 2021

Are you considering adopting a pet reptile? Snakes, lizards, and other reptiles really can make great pets. However, before adopting one, it’s important to think carefully, learn about their care needs, and know what you’re getting into. Read on as a local Glen Ellyn, IL vet offers some advice on how to be a great reptile owner.


D  o Lots Of Research

Reptiles can make wonderful pets, but they aren’t all suitable options for someone who’s never had one before. Do plenty of research before choosing and adopting your new pet.


Get A Great Setup

When it comes to properly caring for reptiles, getting a proper tank or terrarium setup is often half the battle. Look up the minimum size requirements for your pet, and get something that is at least that size. (Bigger is better, of course.) Invest in high-quality equipment when it comes to things like lights and heaters. These things are absolutely crucial. They’re also one-time expenses. Therefore, splurging on them is not only justifiable, but often well worth it.


Provide Clean Conditions

While many reptiles need only minimal daily care. Some don’t even eat every day! The only things you may need to do on a daily basis is spot clean and provide food (if needed) and fresh water. However, you will need to make sure that their home stays clean. For most reptiles, you’ll need to do a weekly cleaning and a monthly deep clean.


Provide Proper Veterinary Care

One thing that is very important when adopting a reptile is making sure that you have a great vet that is knowledgeable about them. This won’t just come into play if your pet is ever sick or injured. You also want someone that can give you professional, informed advice about how to care for your repilitian buddy.


Spend Time With Your Pet

Reptiles may not be as charismatic as dogs or cats, but they are actually quite lovable. Many seem to enjoy being petted or handled. Pay attention to your pet every day! You may find that you like letting your snake hang out on your shoulder while you watch TV, or having your bearded dragon sitting on your armrest as you read.


Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your pet’s reptile’s health or care. As your Glen Ellyn, IL veterinary clinic, we’re always happy to help! 

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