Thinking of a new pet for your family? Reptile pets are among the easiest pets to keep, and still offer interaction and fun. We have had all kinds of reptiles and amphibians at our store; here is the list of the 5 easiest reptile pets.
1. Crested Geckos
Pets don’t get any easier than these sweet animals. They don’t require any special lighting or heat, and their food is a powder you mix with a little water every couple days. They are gentle and mild mannered, perhaps a little shy until you get them used to handling. Their home is a temperate rainforest, so they do like to climb and hide in real or fake plants. Their habitat should be taller than it is wide, and have a substrate (like sterilized soil) that can hold moisture. They come in lots of colors and patterns.
2. Leopard Geckos
These geckos get slightly larger than the crested, up to about 8 inches long. They are from a dry rocky desert area, so they like a home that is dry with hiding places. You do need to provide heat – we recommend a reptile heating pad for the bottom of their cage. Being nocturnal, no special lighting is required. Leos eat insects like crickets and mealworms, so you will need to purchase food every so often (we have great prices!). They are very mild mannered and don’t mind handling.
3. Bearded Dragons
One of the most popular reptile pets, Beardies are very interactive and like your attention. A definite lap lizard – they like to hang out with you and their calm and gentle nature makes them fun. They do require special lighting and heating, as they are from a very hot desert environment. They eat insects and greens, so you will need to purchase food regularly.
4. Corn Snake
Perhaps the easiest reptile pet I can think of, corn snakes are gentle and easy going. No special light or heat, and you can feed them every 5-7 days (frozen, thawed mice). They are good eaters, generally not refusing food very often. They come in many colors and patterns, and are a fairly slender snake ending up between 4 and 6 feet long.
There are a number of different frogs that are fun and easy to keep; pacman frogs, dart frogs, and tree frogs to name a few. These animals eat insects, but otherwise care is simple – some substrate and natural decor, a good visible light bulb (if you have live plants) and you are all set. Frogs have sensitive skin, so they don’t tolerate handling very well.
Reptiles make interesting pets, and can bring the fascination of the natural world into your home without much fuss. We offer expert guidance to help you make the right choices of animal and their requirements.
For the next month we are offering a free bearded dragon or leopard gecko with the purchase of any “All You Need” kit – click here for a description.