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Last updated : 01/04/2007

This page is indexed on our home page under Aspect: 4. Information & care sheets and the Section: Getting started - for the beginner

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.

Snakes that make good first choices

Ball Pythons are a good choice but few dislike handling and they tend to hide away most of the time.

Corn snakes are the most popular and come in many colour variants.

Rat snakes 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.

King snakes 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.


Lizards and Monitors.

Care and 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.


Buying your first Pet.

The 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.

You 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 :