Which reptiles make good pets?

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While some people might consider reptiles to be unusual pets, many people see them as a more practical and attractive option to cats, dogs and other mammals. The fact they have no fur means that people with dust mite allergies can enjoy caring for them. Here we take a look at three of the more popular types of reptile pets.

Tortoises

Known for being cute, tortoises can appeal to people who wouldn’t traditionally like reptiles.

There are a number of pros to owning a tortoise. In terms of pet care, they’re very low maintenance and compared to cats and dogs they are a lot more harmless. This means that the whole family can enjoy having a tortoise as a pet. Lastly, tortoises can live for 30 years or more, meaning that you can enjoy their company for a lot longer than mammals.

One challenge of owning a tortoise is dealing with hibernation which can last up to 6 months at a time. Depending on where you live this may be a big consideration as the temperature of their hibernation habitat must be monitored and the area will also need to be ventilated.

Terrapins

Like tortoises, terrapins can also appeal to people who wouldn’t normally consider a reptile as a pet. However, terrapins need a bit more pet care. They can be very timid creatures and may become frightened when you pick them up. This is why it?s essential to take your time and give it time to trust you. Hand-feeding is the best way to gain the trust of a pet terrapin. It learns to associate you with its food and will eventually lose its fear. Although it can take time to earn a terrapin’s trust, it is well worth it as it will probably begin swimming over to reach you once it becomes used to you.

Bearded Dragons

Named as it is because of its ability to “puff out” its throat until it resembles a beard, the bearded dragon is considered one of the most docile and friendly of all reptiles. With a mild temperament, they will typically allow handling more than most other reptiles.

Once a bearded dragon gets used to its new home, he’ll take pleasure in your company and even scamper to the front of the tank to welcome you.

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