Table of Contents
Reptile Care Basics
Research The Correct Temperature
What Kind Of Environment Does The Reptile Need
What Kind Of Food Does Your Reptile Need
Make Sure You Clean Up After Your Pet As Required
The Problems With Not Caring For Your Reptile Properly
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Chapter 2: Research The Correct Temperature
The reptile pet would need to have ideal living conditions in order to survive comfortable and without the adequate knowledge on the varying temperatures required, it is more than likely the reptile will suffer the consequences which could range from mild to dangerous.
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In the wild, these animals are able to regulate their body temperature by finding and using outside elements to assist them as they are not created with a system that regulates itself.
Therefore these reptiles would search for the ideal conditions and settle in comfortably until there is a need to move again should the body temperature or the surrounding temperature change. When it comes to the confines of the pet’s enclosure, this may be rather hard to do.
For one the space available would be really very limited and for the other, there would not be enough “ideal” conditional changes due to the limited space. Therefore the reptile would not be able to move to the next best location when the need arises.
This will cause the reptile to react unfavorably and even eventually affect its overall health. Some owners are sensitive to this need and take the trouble to simulate as much as possible the requirements that would provide for suitable temperature changes, while other owners would fail to take this into consideration simply out of ignorance or sheer bad attitudes.
Some tanks or cages are positioned is such a way that there is a possible way to naturally adapt to the animals temperature needs and this is definitely something that the pet would welcome, as it would
have to be stress or experience any discomfort. However in most cases, this is almost always not part of the overall consideration made when keeping a reptile pet. Therefore serious consideration must be given to the regulatory adjustments the temperature setting would call for.
Chapter 3: What Kind Of Environment Does The Reptile Need
Most reptiles need to be placed in suitable conditions where they can draw on the surroundings for the necessary heat for their bodies. This is because predominantly reptiles cannot generate body heat within the body, which is referred to as ectothermic.
The following are some of the elements that should be considered in the make up for the comfortable existence of the reptile pet:
As reptiles need to seek heat from its surroundings, there is a need to provide a variety of various scenarios within the confines of the cage or tank to accommodate such important temperature changes. Depending on the type of reptile being reared as a pet, the owner would have to be responsible and knowledgeable of its needs and try to cater to them.
There are three main groups within the reptile category and these would include the lizard and snake group which would require a tropical climate environment and then there is the turtle and tortoise group which have protective shells on their back and these would require an environment that contains a lot of water and cool rocks to bask on, and the last group would be the one that is predominantly comprised of crocodiles and alligators and this group would prefer to be in an environment that is actually dominated by water as they tend to spend most of their time in it. Equipped with this information the potential pet owner would have to decide if it is feasible and possible to create such environments to accommodate the chosen reptile pet comfortably and safely.
Reptiles also need an environment where they can go into hibernation mode. This is necessary when they can no longer tolerate the surrounding temperature or environment. The pet owner would also have to provide an environment that is quiet and cool without distractions.
Chapter 4: What Kind Of Food Does Your Reptile Need
As there are several different types of foods that usually make up the food varieties for the reptile pet, the owner would need to have a good basic knowledge of the pet reptile’s preferences.
The following should serve as a good guideline for the reptile pet owner to have a more informed view of some of the foods that make ideal meals for the pet:
Typical reptiles such as snakes, tegus, lizards, monitors and crocodilians would be partial to a diet of meat. These could come in the form of mice, rats, birds’ eggs, insects, fish and other smaller animals which would present much of a challenge to the reptile. Most of these would be eaten raw.
There are also reptiles such as iguanas and some tortoises that would lean towards being vegetarian. The foods that these reptiles would most like enjoy consuming would have to be chopped collard greens, romaine lettuce, chopped squash and bananas.
The other reptiles that make popular pets would be the bearded dragons and many aquatic turtles and these would ideally want to consume crickets, mealworms, earthworms, chopped veggies and romaine lettuce.
There are also reptiles that simply survive on eating leaves of which iguanas are a good example. The pet owner would be well advised to be able to provide fresh leaves for this type of iguana.
However before the individual decides to purchase any reptile as a pet, careful consideration should be given to the diet needs of the pet. If the individual is squeamish about feeding or handling certain types of foods, then the pet would ultimately suffer the consequences. Also as the pet grows in size the food intake or size would also have to be of a bigger kind and this could also be a problem when it comes to handling or sourcing for the food items.
Chapter 5: Make Sure You Clean Up After Your Pet As Required
Keeping the pet clean and free of any unwanted residual stuff like feces or food rotting from not being consumed is very important, as will help to keep the pet’s immediate environment from becoming a health hazard.
It is absolute necessary to ensure the pet’s confined area is always clean and fresh. Pets are almost like humans in certain preferences and keeping its immediate environment clean is something pets are keen on having some attention directed to.
There are several different ways to ensure this is possible, and these would include actually removing the pet temporarily to another secure location before and cleaning process commences, cleaning around the pet if it is not of the dangerous kind, or simply removing the under layer rack and cleaning it before replacing it again. However the last method is only possible if the cage or tank used has such as added facility for this purpose.Other Details
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