Last updated : 01/04/2007
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Buying your first Reptile
Decide on your first reptile.Having done the necessary background study it is now time to decide on a species that you like and which is suitable as a first reptile pet.
make good first choices
Pythons are a good choice but few dislike handling and they tend to hide away
most of the time.
are the most popular and come in many colour variants.
are great as they are generally active characters. Rat snakes belong to the same
family as corns but some rat snakes do get bigger than corns.
are nice and like corn snakes they don't get to large.
Sand Boas are one of the easiest boas to keep, but hide in the substrate most of the time.
Children's and Spotted pythons are easy to care for and don't rarely exceed 1m.
requirements are more complex and a lot more study material needs to be digested and understood.
Find a Vet who is experienced in reptiles.
Don't wait till you have a problem and discover that your local Vet is not prepared to attend to the problem.
your first Pet.
local newspapers advertise under pets and livestock, where you may find a
reptile and tank for sale. Our list of pet shops and breeders and maybe better
sources for your first reptile pet as they will be able to give advice. But like
with the internet, get more than one opinion.
should first know what a reptile needs to survive in captivity. Know the species
you want and the size it will grow to and understand that it can live for 9-30
or more years.
A heathly reptile will :
rounded with good muscle tone, make sure the spine is not kinked.
free of parasites e.g. mites, (tiny little black specks under the scales)
active and alert, (look for tongue flicking).
clear gums, (free of reddish spots or foaming e.g. mouth rot)
clear even breathing (free from mucus).
of lose folds of skin from dehydration.