Dec 05 , 2019
Keeping reptiles and amphibians like lizards, turtles, or snakes as pets is a uniquely rewarding experience, but not as simple as more traditional pets like cats or dogs. Here are a few Do’s and Don’t’s for raising healthy, happy reptile and/or amphibian pets:
DO: Create a natural terrarium environment. Just like humans, reptiles and amphibians are more comfortable in environments which are tailored to their needs. Selecting a good substrate for your cage floor is essential. Snakes, turtles, and lizards spend a lot of time on their bellies. Spagmoss is particularly well-suited for reptile cage flooring. It promotes humidity and healthy microfauna, and holds so much water it’s even good for amphibians.
DON’T: Use sand or soil as cage flooring unless it is totally sterile. You can accidentally introduce harmful microorganisms that can harm your pet. Similarly, make sure that any rocks or other decoration you wish to add are also sterile. Lining the cage floor with anything abrasive can seriously damage your reptile or amphibian’s skin.
DO: Monitor temperature carefully. Good substrate will help regulate temperature in the environment so your cold-blooded critters don’t suffer.
DON’T: Mix environments. Different reptiles or amphibians require different habitat conditions. Don’t try to mix them! They will almost certainly have health problems. Instead, create different, specialized terrariums for each critter and watch them thrive!