October 16th is Reptile Awareness Day! While reptiles aren’t right for everyone, they really can make great pets. Read on as a local Scottsdale, AZ vet discusses our scaled friends.

Benefits of Reptiles

There are actually some great benefits to having a pet reptile. They are very beautiful, and can be absolutely captivating to watch. Their enclosures can also be very attractive, and can make fun and pretty decorative pieces. Another good thing about having pet reptiles is that they don’t make much noise. Your scaled pal also won’t require training, and won’t stink up your house, stain your carpet, or chew up your shoes.

Things To Consider

Although reptiles can make wonderful animal companions, it’s important for people to do research before adopting one. For one thing, feeding your pet is probably going to be a bit more complicated than popping open a can of food or pouring kibble into a bowl. Although some reptiles, like iguanas, consume mostly produce, others eat things like bugs and mice. Needless to say, this could be a dealbreaker for someone with a weak stomach. You’ll also need to consider your pet’s estimated adult size, expected life span, and care needs, as well as their habitat requirements.

Choosing The Right Pet

Do some research before adopting a pet reptile. All of our scaled patients, from bearded dragons to geckos to various snakes, have slightly different traits and care needs. Some, like iguanas and bearded dragons, can actually be quite personable and cute in their own way. Others, like snakes, may not mind being held, but they won’t exactly be affectionate. Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment, so it’s important to be sure that you’ve chosen the right one.

Promoting Good Animal Welfare

While there are definitely some reputable and honest reptile breeders and sellers out there, others just want to make a profit. The demand for exotic pets has risen sharply in recent years, but unfortunately, not all sellers are on the up and up. Some capture and/or sell wild animals. This is very sad, because reptiles that were born in the wild often don’t adjust well to being kept as pets. It also can be harmful to fragile ecosystems. Ask your vet to recommend a good store or breeder.

Please contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ vet clinic, for your reptile’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!