What Youll Need to Care for Amphibians Reptiles

Cats are great. Dogs are great. But what about snakes? Turtles? Lizards? Here are a few things to consider when looking into getting a new pet reptile or amphibian.

Cats are great. Dogs are great. But what about snakes? Turtles? Lizards? A lot of people would rather have a pet toad or frog over a cat or dog. Would you?

Here are a few things to consider when looking into getting a new pet reptile or amphibian.

Size: First you'll have to go out and get yourself a little something called a terrarium, or an aquarium for reptiles and amphibians. You will want to pick one out that will accommodate the animal properly, depending on size. Also keep in mind, that if you do adopt some animals, like a snake, then you might need to get a large habitat anyway; some pet snakes can grow and, over time, reach six feet in length!

That's taller than me! So obviously you would need a very large enclosure for something like that, versus say, a small frog or toad. If you don't know for sure how big your snake or lizard or whatever it is you decided to get, is going to be when it reaches adulthood, you should ask the workers at the store or shelter, or call a vet.

Heat: Heat is definitely a big deal for cold-blooded animals. What does cold-blooded mean? It means that something like a snake is not going to be able to "make" its own body-heat; it needs nature to do that for it. So what does that mean for you? That means you'll have to purchase a product that will generate said heat for your pet. It'll be easiest for you to obtain a heating lamp for your new scaly friend.

The best way to go is to get a lamp, as well as one of those cool rocks that your reptile friend can lie down on and it heats up for the animal. Also, do consider making a place somewhere in the habitat where they can get away from the heat whenever they want. If you don't do this, the animal can get too heated, and will get sick and eventually end up dying.

Diet: What are you going to feed your new scaly friend now? Well, unlike your cat or dog who will be fine with kibble, a snake is a bit different, as well as turtles, lizards, and so on and so forth. Reptiles require food that is alive. Have you ever seen a bunch of lizards at the pet store munching down on live crickets?

Well, now if you do get a lizard, you're going to have to purchase (or scrounge around out in the yard, whatever you want) some of those crickets. There are some very large snakes that will need a bit more than crickets and grasshoppers, though. Yup, that means mice and even rats. If you're like me, then you definitely wouldn't like the feeding process, and should end up looking into getting a different pet. But if you can handle feeding your pet boa-constrictor another living animal, then go for it.

A word of caution: Some amphibians and reptiles are great as pets. But there are a lot of people get a little snake, and then end up abandoning it because it got too large.

Do some research and look around, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into before it's too late.