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Which Reptile is Right for You?

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Did you know: Only 2 percent of Americans own a reptile as a pet! But, those who do also tend to be enthusiastic pet owners who are passionate about reptiles.

Are you ready to join the bunch? We're here to help. Just how do you know which is right for you?

Before we begin, it's important that you don't select a reptile pet on a whim or based on looks alone. Considering your lifestyle, your time, your space and your available attention will help you determine which reptile is right for you.


On a scale of "I think reptiles are cool" to "I know everything there is to know about each and every reptile," where do you fall? This will help determine the best reptile for you. If you're more toward the beginner-side, you may want to start off with a leopard gecko or corn snake. "Advanced" species, like pythons or iguanas, need a lot more care and maintenance.


Some reptiles are vegetarians, some eat live insects, and others rodents. Decide what you're comfortable with - are you willing to feed live prey to your pet? Or, would you rather stick to something that's readily available.


Cute little iguanas can grow into very large pets. Are you ready to handle that? Large reptiles also require extremely large enclosures that can be very expensive. Other large reptiles might prove difficult to handle, like large snakes or tortoises. Size also demands a larger time commitment.


It's not just about the size, but also the environment. Some reptiles require a hot and dry desert-like condition, while others prefer humid, tropical-like environments. This is all dependent on the type of reptile, and where they originated from. This will require specific needs from the owner to ensure health and safety for your new pet. Most reptiles require a heat lamp, as well as under-tank heaters to provide a source of warmth throughout the night.


Depending on where you purchase your reptile pet and how "exotic" your pet is, you will want to consider price. It's always advised to work with a responsible breeder or pet retailer (like Pets Plus), or also a rescue organization or adoption from a friend or family.

Reptiles are definitely not "starter pets," while larger reptiles require large time and financial commitments. How long is your reptile expected to live? All pets, including reptiles, deserve care for their entire lifespan. Consider how many life events may affect your ability to care for a reptile. Decide if you're ready for the responsibility of cleaning the cage, preparing the food, handling the reptile, checking the temperature, etc.

After considering and weighing all of your options, we will have plenty of thoughts for you and your foray into Reptile Pet Ownership. If you are a beginner, we do have these suggestions for your first reptile pets:

Corn snake

Leopard Gecko

Bearded Dragon

California Kingsnake

Fat Tail geckos

If you're looking for another "beginner" exotic, we suggest a Tarantula from the arachnid family or Pacman Frogs from the amphibian family. No matter what you decide, our pet experts are here to help.