Reptiles have an eccentric beauty about them that is absolutely absorbing. After all, they are the last remnant of an ancient era - which is pretty amazing in itself. Captivating and atypical pets are likely to intrigue friends and family and feeding time can be very exciting. Those who have a fascination with dinosaurs or have a knack for science will be naturally drawn towards these pets. Reptiles, when they are comfortable in their surroundings, are amusing and educational to observe. If you are genuinely interested in reptiles as a species, caring for them can become an interesting and fulfilling hobby.
Reptiles are excellent pets for children and families seeking a low maintenance pet without allergy triggering fur. Those who desire something different from the classic fluffy puppy or cuddly cat will enjoy reptile ownership and the pleasures they bring. These creatures are fascinating to watch, fairly easy to take care of (depending on the breed) and don't need a lot of attention, although some types can be affectionate.
These cold-blooded creatures make great pets, but before looking into purchasing one as a pet, make sure that you do all your research before you decide to bring home a pet reptile, as each reptile has different care requirements along with a very specialized diet and environment. Do your homework, talk to a responsible breeder, join forums or chat groups with members who are keepers or breeders and check out books from the library written by certified herpetologists. When you have completed your research and have made the decision to own a pet reptile, consider adopting one from your local rescue shelter.
General Facts for Those Considering a Pet Reptile:
Lifespan: 5-20 years, depending on the breed
Level of Responsibility: Low-Medium
Messiness Factor: Low
Estimated Yearly Cost: Low-Medium