Reptile Awareness Day

Reptile Awareness Day is coming up October 16th! This is a great time for reptile lovers to celebrate their scaled pets. It’s also a perfect time to discuss reptile conservation, and the importance of responsible reptile ownership. A Temecula, CA vet discusses reptiles below.

Benefits of Reptiles

Reptiles can make wonderful pets. For one thing, they’re very pretty and captivating to watch. Their habitats can also be very attractive. Your scaled pal won’t make much noise, and won’t stain your carpet, scratch up your couch, or eat your shoes. You also won’t have to worry about training. And, as long as you keep your pet’s habitat clean, you won’t have any odors to deal with. They’re also a great option for anyone with allergies.

Tips For First-Time Reptile Owners

Are you considering getting a reptile? Do plenty of research before you decide. Every type of reptile is a bit different, and they all have slightly different care needs. Some of the things to consider are your potential pet’s expected adult size; their environmental requirements, such as light, heat, and humidity; and their life expectancy. Dietary needs are another thing to think about. Many reptiles eat things like bugs and mice. If you have a weak stomach, a reptile may not be the best option for you. It’s also important to start out with something that’s easy to care for. Some good options are leopard geckos, king snakes, and milk snakes.

Helping Wild Animals

There is a high demand for exotic pets. Unfortunately, this has opened the door for some shady business practices. It isn’t uncommon for people to capture reptiles in the wild, and then sell them as pets at stores or pet shows. This is unfortunate for the reptiles, as wild animals generally don’t adapt well to living in cages. They’re also more likely to have parasites, and are typically more aggressive than animals that were bred and raised in captivity. Ask your vet to recommend a reputable dealer or pet store.

Spreading The Word

Even if you don’t think that a reptile is right for you, you can still help spread the word about them. Share some posts about reptiles on social media, using the hashtag #reptileawarenessday. When it comes to helping animals, every little bit counts!

Please contact us, your local Temecula, CA vet clinic, for your reptile’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!