Reptiles As Pets

Suitable options for Inexperienced Owners

Also advised for anyone wishing to obtain these types of pet, is a visit to an expert or reputable dealer, to learn how to handle and feed your choice, the most suitable species for your requirements and the legality of keeping the pet or regulations about the species. As with all exotic pets, these should only ever be bought from a reputable dealer to ensure correct importation and exactly what species you are getting.

What type to choose?

Snakes:

Corn Snake: Ideal for the beginner, these lovely creatures are usually quite docile and easy to care for. Adult Corn Snakes can grow up to 5 feet and can live in excess of 10 years, but they are amazing at escaping whenever the opportunity arises, so a tight fitting lid is required to contain them.
Ball Python: A small constrictor which will grow to approx. 5 feet and can live for anything from 20 years up to 50 years. These snakes will flourish given the correct treatment and are docile and easy to handle. They are called a Ball Python because if they are threatened they will roll themselves into a tight ball.
Milk Snake: Milk Snakes can grow up to 7 feet in length and live for up to 20 years given the right care and attention. Also relatively calm and easy to handle, they make a good pet for novices. Milk Snakes are great escapees, so, once again, having a secure tank is a must.

Lizards:

Leopard Geckos: These easy to handle little lizards are ideal for the novice and, being nocturnal, do not necessarily require specialised lighting. Leopard Geckos should be fed a variety of insects and should be purchased from a reputable dealer.
Bearded Dragons: A challenging reptile to have as a pet, requiring heated and lighted tanks of a decent size due to the Bearded Dragon growing up to 2 feet in length. These reptiles can be easily tamed and can be handled reasonably easily, but can prove to be an expensive and demanding pet.
Iguana: The Iguana is probably one of the most common lizards found in pet shops, but not a great choice for beginners mainly due to the size it grows and the fact that they can become quite aggressive when they reach maturity. Iguanas are also rather more difficult to keep as a pet due to their dietary needs and environmental requirements.

Summary:
Selecting reptiles as pets can be a rewarding experience, but as with all exotic pets, thorough research, advice and caution is advised. Always purchase from a reputable dealer (This cannot be stressed enough) and learn all about the creature prior to purchase.