Top 5 Reptiles For Beginners
Posted on March 26, 2017
Clint evaluates the best reptiles for pets.
The top 5 reptiles that Clint picks are…
– Lizards: Bearded Dragon, Leopard Gecko, Gargoyle Gecko, Crested Gecko.
– Snakes: Corn Snake, Ball Python
They were chosen based on Availability, Affordability, Easy to House, Easy to Feed, and Fun.
So I hear you’re considering getting a reptile. I think that’s a good choice. The next question is: which one is right for you?
We have selected, from numerous reptiles that you could potentially consider, five that we considered to be the best. At least for people who are getting into the reptile hobby, maybe have never kept a reptile before, perhaps have never had a pet before.
All of these reptiles have a few things in common that we think are important no matter which one you get. One of them is that they are readily available.
Anyone can go out and find one of these reptiles in their local pet store, or somewhere nearby. They aren’t going to have to go online or find a specialty breeder. They’re everywhere.
Second it’s got to be affordable. Not something that’s gonna cost you a thousand, two thousand dollars.
They got to be easy the house. You might be able to get inexpensive reptile. But if it’s going to need half your house eventually that might not be ideal for everyone.
They gotta be easy to feed. Like finding the reptile in the first place if you’ve got to get a specialty diet from who knows where every week. That’s going to be too much.
The last thing is they kind of be kind of fun to play with, fun to watch. They can’t stress out overly easily. Got be able to get them out, maybe children can play with them.
I think at that point what you’ve got is a really good pet.
So this is the Bearded Dragon and the bearded dragon, of the lizards that we’re looking at, is probably the best one for handling. For one thing, they are a lot bigger and more robust than some of the other lizards that we’ve looked at. You can hand this over to a small child and as long as they don’t squeeze it too hard or pull on it, it’s going to be okay. They are just a little bit tougher a little more solid. Excellent little lizards.
Second, they are adorable! Very personable lizards. The only lizard I know of that you can stick it up on your shoulder and it’ll still be there in an hour. You can put them on the seat of your car they are just going to climb up hang out. What a fun fun pet!
There are some downsides. Like all of these they’re not for everyone.
One thing about these is going to be more difficult than some of the other reptiles we’ve looked at is that their diet is a little bit more specialized. They’re going to need fresh greens on a daily basis. And they’re going to need insects feeders, a lot of insect feeders compared to the other reptiles that we’ve looked at. And they’re going to need those on a regular basis. So, you’re going to have to have a constant supply of insect feeders and fresh greens, as well as nutritional supplements for them.
The other thing is they need the most expensive lighting. They need UVB lighting and that means you’re going to need to buy a UV bulb at least every six months to a year depending on the type that you get and those can be somewhat expensive.
However if these are things that aren’t going to deter you this is one of the best pet reptiles you could
This is a Leopard Gecko and for a lot of you the leopard gecko could be the ultimate pet reptile.
They are, for starters, adorable! Look at them! While some of these reptiles might scare some of your friends maybe even you nobody’s going to be afraid of your leopard gecko they’re just adorable.
Second off, they’re very very handleable, they’re not going to jump, they’re not going to bite, they’re not gonna get scared, they’re not going to break. They are capable of losing this tail but if you notice it’s a pretty fat tail it’s a major investment if you’re going to drop that thing so they’re not going to do it willy-nilly.
They are also pretty darn low maintenance. They’re very easy to keep, they’re gonna need insect feeders which can be a con for some of you, however they don’t eat a whole lot of them compared to especially something like a bearded dragon. They’re just can eat a
few insects feeders every week, dusted with calcium and other vitamin supplements.
They need moderate heating.
Very very easy to keep and very rewarding, fun pets.
Gargoyle Gecko & Crested Gecko
This is a gargoyle gecko and that’s a crested gecko. These are both New Caledonian geckos. Very very similar care requirements. Both excellent choices for your first pet reptile.
Let’s start with the fact, like all geckos, they are stinking adorable. Nobody’s gonna to dislike a gecko.
They’re very very handleable, not quite as handleable with some of the other animals that we’ve talked about today, but very very handleable. Very interactive.
They’re going to be calm for the most part. Play with you. They can jump and some people will find out a little bit startling. They can also drop their tail, we’ll talk about that later. So those could be downsides but very handleable and very easy to feed.
They’re going to eat a powder based diet. You just add a little water – excellent.
And they’re very very inexpensive to house. Something the size of the 10 gallon aquarium is perfectly adequate for an adult crested gecko or gargoyle gecko.
Cons. They’re going to need a small amount of daily care. You’re to need to mist them in the morning and evening. Just a little bit, not so much that you soak things but just enough that they have something to drink. And you need to feed them every other night.
The other thing, like I said before, they can be a little bit fragile with handling. They are smaller than some of the other animals we’ve talked about which means they could get hurt. They jump but they can lose their tail. You see this crested gecko here has dropped this tail and they can do that anytime they want. And with the crested geckos it doesn’t grow back with the gargoyle geckos it does but that’s something that you might want to be aware of.
I personally like getting one without a tail they didn’t have to worry about it.
This is the corn snake. As far as snakes go, this is one of the best possible pets that you could get.
They are very reasonable in size. This is a pretty small one. They will get larger than this, but they don’t get huge, which is a wonderful thing, but a very good size for handling.
They’re very fun to interact with, snakes in general are a lot of fun. Generally speaking, more fun to play with than they are to watch. And I love playing with snakes. If you’ve never played with a snake before you got to give it a try.
They also require very low amounts of daily care. Also you just kind of make sure everything is clean, make sure their water bowls filled, and about once a week you’re going to need to feed them.
Let’s talk about feeding them because that can be a con for some people. These guys are going to eat rodents, which means you need to get mice and rats on a regular basis – about once a week. Some people aren’t going to be up for that.
The other thing is some people are not going to be up for a snake at all. I don’t know what it is but some people just don’t like them and if you don’t like them it’s not going to be the pet for you.
However if you do likes snakes, this is a great one.
This is a Ball Python. And ball pythons are definitely one of the best pet reptiles you could possibly get.
For starters, they are a pretty robust snake without being huge. They’re very moderate in size, they’re actually a pretty small size python but nice and thick. This isn’t even a real big one but they don’t get a whole lot bigger than this either. So that can be very ideal for a lot of first-time reptile keepers.
Second, they’re fun. They’re calm. See how calm this is for a snake? He will just hang out with you watch while you watch a movie. Not a lot of snakes that will do that. Amazing! Enjoyable enjoyable pets.
Cons: if you don’t like snakes, again, it’s not for you – it’s a snake.
They also eat rodents, which if you can’t get rodents or you’re averse to feeding rodents to any other sort of animal – snakes in general probably not going to be for you. Ball pythons not for you.
As snakes go, they have a reputation for being a little bit more of a finicky eater. It can vary depending on which individual it is. Captive-bred individuals don’t tend to be nearly as finicky as wild-caught but you could end up with an unplanned pet or waste some food at times. Those are the only real cons.
Wonderful wonderful pet reptiles.
As we mentioned before, every single one of these five pet reptiles is an incredible choice. You can’t go wrong.
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