Reptilian Haven

#1: There’s No Training Involved… …unless you mean your training. While there is a learning curve that comes with keeping a reptile as a pet, you won’t have to worry about training your cold-blooded friend. If you want a pet that’s immediately ready to live in your home, a reptile is a good choice!


With dogs and cats, you inevitably need to house train them in order to keep the peace at home. The last thing you want is your dog doing its business in your living room! Reptiles, on the other hand, don’t need to be house-trained. This is largely because they have their own little homes they live in. While you will need to clean their cage from time to time, you won’t be cleaning up after them!


#2: You Won’t Come Home to Destruction


If you’ve ever owned a dog, chances are that you’ve come home to find out exactly how much they missed you while you were gone. From a mutilated roll of toilet paper to your favorite couch being chewed up, dogs are known to sink their teeth into your property. While this is more common in puppies, it’s out of the realm of possibility with a reptile pet.


As long as your pet reptile’s cage is secure, you won’t need to worry about them wreaking havoc while you’re not home. From sliding locks to combination code locks, there are many different types of locks available at pet stores to secure your pet’s cage.


#3: Reptiles Shed Differently


With dogs and cats, hair getting all over the place is an inevitability. Unless you plan on tailing your pet with a broom or vacuum, you might find yourself sneezing due to the shed hair that’s coating your home. Reptiles, however, shed a little differently, and their shedding doesn’t induce allergies. No more inviting a friend over for dinner and profusely apologizing because your pet’s hair is inducing their allergies.


Reptiles are known to shed their skin as they grow, and some even eat it afterward. Whether your reptile eats its shed skin or not, you won’t constantly be cleaning up after them. Chances are they will shed their skin in the privacy of their cage or tank, or you might need to help them shed it fully through a soak, but you can rest assured it will never be all over your floors like dog or cat hair.


#4: There’s a Wide Selection of Reptiles to Choose From


If you’re not the biggest fan of snakes, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a reptile as a pet. Unlike dogs or cats, which may differ from breed to breed but are all essentially the same, reptiles are a diverse group of creatures. Whether you get a gecko, a chameleon, a corn snake, or a turtle, chances are you will find the right reptile for you.


In fact, there are currently more than 8,000 recognized species of reptiles in existence. Depending on how much time and space you have on your hands, you’re guaranteed to find the right reptile pet to suit your needs. Whether you go to the pet store or consult a reptile breeder, they will be able to give you specific advice on the right reptile for your pet needs.


#5: No Funky Smells Whether your pet has had an accident indoors that you’re trying to locate or you simply left the litter box for a little too long, your pet may leave your house smelling funky from time to time. Reptiles, however, have their own ‘rooms’ in their cages or tanks where their smell is confined.


The beauty of a reptile pet is that you can’t smell the inside of their cage or tank. As long as you keep your reptile pet’s cage or tank clean, it won’t even smell bad when you do open it up. The air you breathe in your home will always be fresh when you have a reptile as a pet! No more apologizing to guests for that funky smell.


#6: Your Neighbors Won’t Be Complaining Pets can get us in trouble sometimes. Whether your cat is wandering into the neighbor’s home or your dog’s barking wakes them up in the middle of the night, you might receive a noise complaint every once in a while. Dogs, cats, and even birds can be rather vocal and can get into all sorts of trouble. Your reptile pet won’t.


Many types of reptiles, such as lizards, are mute, and those that can make sounds usually produce clicking, hissing, or squeaking sounds. Some of these sounds are not even audible to the human ear, and your pet reptile’s cage or tank will also add some soundproofing. One thing is for sure; your pet reptile will never disturb your neighbors, and your neighbors probably wouldn’t even know you have a pet reptile… unless your reptile finds a way out of their cage and goes all the way over there themselves.


#7: Reptiles are Low Maintenance Compared to other common household pets, reptiles are incredibly low maintenance. That’s why many people in this day and age prefer them, as they can fit easily into almost anybody’s lifestyle. Your life, and the way you prefer to lead it, is an important consideration to take into account when deciding to get a pet.


While you will still have to take your reptile to the vet for scheduled checkups as you would any other pet, they are very low maintenance in other regards. Unlike dogs, you won’t need to take your reptiles for walks. You might not even have to feed them every day! Reptiles have rather slow metabolisms, which has an impact on their feeding schedule. Some reptiles may need to be fed daily, while some may only need to be fed a handful of times throughout the month.


This can work out cheaper in the long haul when compared to the costs of keeping other types of pets. While some reptile owners prefer to buy live food, there are many reptile species that will be perfectly happy with a herbivore diet or commercially made reptile pet food. This is a factor you should consider when deciding which reptile will make the perfect pet for you.


#8: They Live Long Lives Depending on which species of reptile you settle on, you could have a lifelong companion. Some people prefer household pets with shorter lifespans, such as fish or hamsters. While there are some reptiles that fit this description, such as chameleons who live up to three years in captivity, many live far longer.


If you’re looking to make a commitment to a pet, a reptile might be the way to go. Due to the long lifespan of many reptile species, such as tortoises, you may even be able to adopt a reptile pet! “Adopt don’t shop” doesn’t just apply to furry friends!


#9: You Can Go Away Without Worrying One of the hardest parts of having pets is being able to go away unexpectedly for the weekend. Finding someone to pet-sit or a kennel to take in your dogs can often be a hassle. You might feel like the stress of finding someone to look after your pet is not worth it and decide to stay home instead. With a reptile, you have more freedom. Depending on how long you go away and your reptile pet’s schedule, you may only need a friend to come check in for one day while you’re gone. This is possible because reptiles are generally low-maintenance pets and don’t need to be walked or fed very often. While you’re away, you can rest assured that your pet reptile won’t be chewing your favorite pair of shoes or keeping the neighbor up all night.


#10: They Are Simply Fascinating! While dogs may be man’s best friend, there’s not much we don’t already know about them. Reptiles, on the other hand, are highly fascinating creatures. In fact, the vast majority of people probably don’t have much experience with reptiles at all. Your reptile will always be teaching you and your friends. The list of facts that will make you say, “did you know…” is endless. There is always more research being collected on the thousands of reptile species in existence, and you and your reptile pet can follow along with it. While a corn snake, tortoise, or any one of the many other possible reptile pets you could get might not be able to play fetch, they will stimulate your mind as you get to know more about them.

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