Do reptiles make good pets?

Are you looking for a quiet, independent and handsome pet? Are you allergic to animals with fur or feathers? Does your building have a rule against dogs and cats, but you still want a loveable little companion around? If you responded yes to one or more of these questions, here’s another to dwell on: have you thought about getting a reptile? At Chico, your neighbourhood pet store, we think that lizards or snakes can make super pets. Discover why in the following article.

What are the advantages of having a reptile as a pet?

Having a reptile as a pet has it perks. Here are some of the major ones:

  • Reptiles don’t need to go for walks—or even leave their enclosure for that matter. This is especially useful if you aren’t home often or work irregular hours.
  • Many reptiles take up very little space, which is a big plus if your place is small.
  • Generally, reptiles don’t cause allergic reactions. However, just to be safe, before choosing one make sure you and the people you live with don’t have allergies.
  • Reptiles don’t make noises capable of waking you up at night or bothering your neighbours.
  • Snakes and lizards don’t need to be house-trained.
  • Some reptiles like interacting with humans, while others prefer solitude, so you can choose a species that best suits your lifestyle.

What do I need to do before adopting a reptile?

First off, we strongly advise against getting a reptile on a whim. An important first step is to read up on the species that has caught your eye, or to take the time to discuss the subject with one of our staff members. As you can imagine, pythons, chameleons and bearded dragons all have distinct needs.

It’s important also that you have enough space where you live to welcome your new lodger. And it’s a good idea to calculate in advance how much it’s going to costs for his enclosure, accessories, litter, food and so on. Think also of your how long your reptile will live and how large he will grow to be. For instance, did you know that iguanas can live up to 15 years and can grow to nearly two metres in length? Get all the necessary information so that you don’t experience any unpleasant surprises!

To find out more about the fascinating world of domestic reptiles, visit Chico, your loyal neighbourhood pet store!