If you always pass the “reptiles for sale” sign without a second glance, you’re missing out! No, reptiles won’t greet you at the door with a wagging tail. They may not do quirky dances to get you to share your dinner or demand snuggles at bedtime, either. But 4.5 million households already know what we know, that reptiles can be great pets. Still not convinced? Let’s dive into the awesome perks of a few of the most popular types of reptiles.
Why Snakes Make Good Pets
Snakes are the epitome of a low maintenance pet. They require little attention or interaction from their owners and, save for certain housing requirements, are pretty self-sufficient. Most snakes would be perfectly content to stay in an aquarium their whole life as long as they have a box to hide in or some sticks to climb on. This means that even the tiniest apartment will suit your average snake just fine. Best of all, most adult snakes only need to be fed every 7-10 days. You will never have to worry about hiring a sitter when you go out of town. The saying “set it and forget it doesn’t normally apply to pets, but snakes are a delightful exception.
Why Turtles and Tortoises Make Good Pets
Both turtles and tortoises make for laid-back pets that prefer relaxing to anything else. They have a much greater capability to bond with their owner and show affection than a snake or lizard has. Although both turtles and tortoises aren’t fond of handling, their cuteness quickly makes up for being anti-social. Don’t believe us? Look at a picture of a turtle or tortoise nibbling on a strawberry and tell us that’s not adorable. Speaking of nibbling – these types of reptiles are incredibly cheap to feed. Their diets primarily consist of vegetation (veggies, fruits, leafy greens, and even flowers) and can easily be fed with household items. Tortoises are purely vegetarian while turtles also eat protein such as eggs or bugs.
Why Lizards Make Good Pets
Ever wanted to own a dinosaur? A pet lizard is the next best thing! You can get your prehistoric pet fix with bearded dragons, chameleons, iguanas, or even mighty monitor lizards. In the exotic pet trade, the lizard category is an umbrella for all sorts of cool creatures. Similar to snakes, lizards do require particular humidity, lighting, and temperatures in their enclosures. When it comes to dinner time, most lizards are insectivores. This means they only eat insects such as crickets, worms, larvae, or roaches. They do need to be fed nearly every day, but it costs very little to feed them.
How to Find Reptiles For Sale
If you’re looking to buy a reptile as a pet, you won’t have to look very hard. These exotic creatures are steadily growing in popularity and are increasingly common in the pet trade. Previously only available through word-of-mouth from hobbyists or breeders, you can find reptiles for sale at most major pet retailers along with an ever-increasing number of online reptile stores. Whether you’re looking for leopard geckos, red-footed tortoises, or ball pythons for sale, just be sure that you by ones that were bred in captivity by a reputable breeder.