What Do Pet Reptiles Eat?

Reptiles are actually very interesting pets. While pet alligators or crocodiles are not suggested, turtles, small and harmless snakes, and little lizards like geckos can be very interesting. Of course, after finding or buying a pet reptile, it is important to make sure they get a proper reptile diet. Of course, all reptiles don’t care for the same things.

Pet Gecko Diet

Geckos, the small lizards that are featured on the car insurance commercials, enjoy a diet rick in plenty of crickets. They also like mealworms and and waxworms as a treat because these worms are pretty high in fat. Some adult geckos can even eat a small mouse, but many owners would prefer to stick with the insects.

Pet Turtle Diet

turtle eatingTurtles are lots of fun, and they also consume a lot of the same kinds of food that people eat. With that said, different kinds of turtles enjoy slightly different diets, but they mostly need some produce and some protein. It’s just that they usually get their protein from insects or small fish.

For example, it is fine to offer a turtle a green bean from the plate. A painted turtle will also enjoy an earthworm of a small shrimp. Box turtles, on the other hand, like fruit and a variety of insects.

What Do Pet Snakes Like To Eat?

snake eatingThere are also many different kinds of snakes, and the diet may depend both upon the kind and size of the snake. The smallest snakes may be fine with a diet of insects, but larger snakes may want to eat amphibians, mice, rats, and even other kinds of reptiles.

Most kinds of snakes will eat dead prey, and this is probably handier and more comfortable for most pet snake owners. Most pet stores sell these dead “prey” animals, and they can get stored in the freezer. Make sure they are packed and stored away from human food for obvious reasons.

A good rule of thumb is to choose a size of food that is about the same size as the middle diameter of the snake. Again, most snakes will accept dead prey. If the snake won’t touch it, try to wiggle it around a bit, so it seems like it is still alive. If that won’t work, the only option is to take the snake back or decide to feed it live prey.

All Reptiles Need Water

All reptiles should have 24/7 access to fresh and clean water. There are plenty of reptile water dishes and bowls, and one might be included in a reptile habitat.

Which Pet Reptile Is Best?

Feeding snakes live animals is not for everybody. If the though isn’t pleasant, it might be a better idea to get a turtle or gecko instead. In fact, if the thought of storing live rats and mice in the freezer isn’t appetizing, consider getting another kind of pet.

Also, some snakes are pickier about the temperature and other conditions, so they can be more fragile than other reptiles. However, some people really love snakes and don’t mind providing these meals.

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Caring For Snakes As Pets

Are you interested in a snake as a new pet? If so, you are going to want to continue reading. In this article, we will discuss how to choose a snake and how to best take care of once you have one.

How To Choose A Snake?

1. Commitment.

The fact is, you need to realize that choosing to get a snake is a long term commitment. Many snakes will last well upwards of 20 years. Therefore, you should be aware of this beforehand.

2. Willing To Feed.

Snakes eat other animals. You must be willing to feed prey food to snakes in order for them to live happily. These prey foods can include; rats, mice, and other rodents. Although, you can purchase and prepare frozen pre-killed prey for your snake(s).

3. Escape Proof.

Snakes have a natural ability to escape from environments. It is essential that you factor this into your snakes habitat set up. Get yourself an escape proof tank and avoid having any types of gaps (no matter how small they may be).

4. Avoid Poisonous Snakes.

Regardless of how beautiful these reptiles look, it is best to avoid getting a snake that is dangerous and one that can kill you.

Once you have chosen a snake, you are going to want to take care of it properly. Below we will discuss some of the best tips to utilize when taking care of snakes as pets.

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Tips To Take Care Of Snakes:

1. Finding a Vet.

Finding a vet for your pet snake can be difficult. It is important to find a vet that is experienced at handling snakes. Make sure that the vet is qualified and experienced at handling your breed of snake and the size of your snake. Do this before you actually purchase or acquire your snake in order to avoid having complications that you cannot fix with your new pet.

2. Newborns.

If you have a newborn snake, it would be wise to cut up pre killed prey and feed it to them. They can get injured while attempting to kill ‘live’ prey.

3. Learn To ‘Read’ Your Snake.

Knowing your snakes behaviors and patterns will help you identify when something is wrong with your snake. This is essential in knowing whether or not your snake is healthy and being able to spot when something is wrong.

4. Research Your Snake.

Different types of snakes are going to have different behaviors and it is important to know all of this beforehand. By researching your snakes type, you will be better able to handle the situations that arise and ultimately become a better snake owner.

Follow the snake care tips above and you should be able to create a great environment for your snake pet to learn and grow. You should be able to create the ideal reptile habitat at home and properly adjust it to meet the needs and criteria of your particular snake. Research your snake as much as you possibly can in order to be prepared to handle it and care for it.

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Tips For Finding And Taking Care Of A Snake

Are you interested in getting a snake as a pet? If you are, then you are going to need to do some research on snakes. The good news is that we will discuss some of the top tips to help you get started on your journey.

1. Finding The Perfect Snake.

The first thing that you need to do is find the perfect snake. You want to find a snake that is going to fit into your habitat and one that you are going to be able to enjoy for a long time. After all, owning a snake is a long term commitment. Many snakes can live up to and even past 20 years. This means that you should think long and hard about whether or not you can commit to it. If you can, then you should look at different stores for promos. You might find great promos from your different options. Pick how large your would like your snake to be and then go from there. Keep in mind, the size of your snake is going to determine how much food the snake requires each day.

2. Pick a Habitat.

Next, you will need to get a tank that is big enough for your snake. Depending on how big your snake is, your tank will need to accommodate accordingly. Obviously, the bigger the snake, the bigger the tank required will be.

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3. Feeding.

Feeding a snake can be tricky. It is important that snakes get either live or frozen and pre killed bait. It is up to you whether or not you want to feed your snake live bait or pre killed bait. However, it is important that you are willing to accept the fact that you will need to feed your snake this type of food. If that makes you uncomfortable, owning a snake might not be for you. When snakes are very young, it is best to feed them small chunks of pre killed and frozen bait. The best bait is going to be in the form of rodents.

4. Do Not Choose a Poisonous Snake.

It is important that you do not choose to own a poisonous snake. Not only is it going to be dangerous for you, but it is also going to be dangerous for anyone that is near your snake. What is the point of having a snake that you cannot even play with? Choose a snake that is going to be able to be handled without the threat of the snake being poisonous. It will ultimately be better for you and the snake.

5. Read About Your Type Of Snake.

Once you have chosen a snake, you are going to want to read up on the snake as much as possible. Learn your snakes behaviors and see how your snake acts. Knowing the normal behavior of your snake will allow you to be able to identify things when they go wrong and that could help you point out potential health issues or problems that need to be corrected before they get out of hand.

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