Different Kinds of lizards for pets
The best amphibian and reptile pets are those that get great care... and it starts here!
Reptile and Amphibian Care:
There are all sorts of reptiles and amphibians that make great pets, including snakes, frogs, turtles, lizards, and more. Some herps are very colorful, others are full of antics. There is such a large variety of these fascinating creatures to choose from, that anyone can find a perfect pet.
In nature, each animal has adapted to the conditions of the environment in which it lives. For example, in areas where the climate gets real dry, animals such as the hingeback tortoise and some toads, will burrow down into the ground and wait to emerge in the next rainy season. In areas where the temperature drops, often accompanied by a decline in food sources, many herptiles have adapted by hibernating.
One main difference between a reptile and amphibian is that amphibians have lungs, but they also breathe through their skin. Because it takes a lot of skin to support their bodies, they have adapted by staying small so they have less to support. Reptiles on the other hand, use only lungs for breathing.
Learn about your pet reptile or amphibian, its behaviors, and its needs to make the most of your enjoyment with it. When you know about the type of pet you are getting, then you will know what to expect and what to do. This will maximize your enjoyment, as well as the life and health of your pet.
Ball Python Care
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Caring For Your Ball Python
Steph from LLLReptile discusses basic care for ball pythons, and we show one of our beautiful baby Spider Ball Pythons!
Cool Pets! Reptiles
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Reptiles make very cool pets!
Pick your favorite snake, lizard, or turtle and start an exciting adventure into the Animal World of Reptiles! Reptiles are quiet and undemanding but are very fun to watch. Many are quite small, so need very little space and are easy to feed. They are also clean, most with no odor at all, making them easy to care for.
or tree dwelling animal, such as a chameleon. Whereas a low, wide cage is needed for a roving terrestrial or ground dwelling animal, such as a tortoise.
Many commercially available reptile cages are pre-made glass terrariums or you can simply get an aquarium and a screen cover. Wooden cages with glass fronts are sometimes available as well, or they can be built. When the weather permits, some reptiles can simply be housed in a backyard enclosure or a pond area. Some people will even create elaborate indoor setups for their pet reptile, like an indoor atrium.
Tips for choosing reptile cages:
- House your pets by their size and their kind.
- Only mix your pets if they are known to be compatible.
- Reptile cage requirements:
- Escape proof
- Draft Proof
- Moisture resistant
- Heat resistant
- Largest size possible
Reptiles with special cage considerations:
- green iguanas - they get to be four to six feet long
- various boas and pythons - some get over 20 feet long
- king snakes and corn snakes.
- pet tortoises
- various turtles
- various monitors and tegus
Types of TerrariumsThe types of reptile cages and habitats are limited only to your imagination and being suitable for the type of reptile you have. There are four basic habitats for herptiles, which include:
- Aquatic Terrarium
Some animals that are suited to an aquatic terrarium are turtles, frogs, newts, rubber eels, water snakes, mudpuppies, waterdogs and salamanders.
The aquatic terrarium is like an aquarium. You need water, a submersible heater, usually gravel is spread on the bottom, and a filter is nice to make maintenance less work. It differs slightly from an aquarium by the decor you use, the lid or covering used on the top, and the amount of water needed (generally 4 to 6 inches) for the animal that will live there.
- First you will need a vented or wire screen top. This allows air to circulate through the terrarium as well as giving you a place set a basking lamp.
- Next a basking area is usually needed. It can either be a floating type such as an artificial lily pad or a slab of bark, or it can be a built up area of rocks and moss.
- Then you will want a background. This is important not only to provide a naturally looking setting, but to help your pet feel secure and comfortable.
Some animals that are suited to the semi-aquatic terrarium are most of the various salamanders, frogs, and newts. Also crocodile lizards, caimans, basilisks, and several turtle types.
A semi-aquatic terrarium is a combination of water and land. The land and water areas can be divided with a piece of glass attached and sealed with silicon, or a removable container can be used for the water area.
- The water area can be set up like the aquatic terrarium with a heater, gravel and filter.
- The land area can be filled with substrates such as: sphagnum moss, cypress bark, loam, potting soil, or small gravel. A layer of charcoal covered with filter floss placed under the substrate helps keep it fresh.
- Decorate the terrarium with driftwood, moss, rocks and plants. Plants can be added to the land area by planting them directly into the substrate or by submersing pots into the substrate. Pick plants whose size fits the animal and terrarium size; for example, ferns are great for tree frogs while pray plants are good for moderate sized lizards.
- Depending on the inhabitant you may need to provide a heat source that provides a basking area. Make sure there is a thermal gradient to the enclosure, with the basking source at one end while the other end is cooler.
The woodland terrarium can house various frogs including red-eyed tree frogs, barking tree frogs, green tree frogs and true frogs; also various salamanders, day geckos, anoles, skinks, and snakes.
The woodland terrarium is set up just like the semi-aquatic terrarium only without the large water area. Simply provide a water bowl.