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Pet Reptile Guide - Bearded Dragons, Iguanas, Lizards as Pets E-mail

Reptile Pets specifically focuses on providing useful information and tips about those types of reptile that are commonly kept as pets. We have information on green iguanas, bearded dragons and and ball pythons.

We describe each pet reptile, recommend a suitable habitat, temperature range, and appropriate food. Included are pictures and links to sites with more detailed information about pet reptiles.

If you already own a pet reptile, find out more about it on these pages.

Bearded Dragon Pet
Pet Bearded Dragons
Green Iguana
Pet Green Iguanas
Pet Boa
Pet Ball Pythons

Things You Need to Know about Having a Pet Reptile

Pet reptiles are a long term commitment. Turtles can live for more than 30 years, pythons for more than 15 years and lizards such as Bearded Dragons for up to 20 years. Your pet may well outlive you.

Remember, in many countries you need a license to own a reptile. Make sure you know what the requirements are.

Two great sites about pet reptiles are Anapsid.org and Reptiles as Pets.

 
Keeping Bearded Dragons as Pets E-mail

Bearded dragons can be great pet lizards for beginners and experienced reptile hobbyists, but they do require some specialized care.

Pet bearded dragon lizards are very docile reptiles that breed well in captivity and they do not bite humans. They would be one of the best choices for any pet owner that would like to adopt a reptile.

Bearded dragons are a popular species among children, because of their friendly and calm nature, along with the relative ease of caring for them. Most bearded dragons kept as pets have broad triangular heads and flattened bodies, with adults reaching approximately 16 to 22 inches (410 to 560 mm) from head to tail and weighing 350 to 600 grams (10 to 20 oz). They have an average life span of 10 to 20 years. Bearded dragons range in color from plain gray and brown to mixtures of yellow and orange along with gray and brown.

The Bearded dragon or agamid lizard of the genus Pogona, is found naturally in arid, semi-arid woodlands and rocky deserts in central Australia.

Bearded Dragon Face

 
Keeping Pet Turtles E-mail

The turtle’s shell is a tough knobbly surface and it is both a home and shield against predators. The turtle’s short, broad body is snuggly enclosed both above and below in the horny shell. The shell is actually the turtle’s skeleton, but unlike most advanced creatures which have their skeleton inside the body, the turtle wears its skeleton outside. This means that a turtle cannot crawl out of its shell. The carapace, the upper shell, is really the turtle’s backbone and ribs, joined into a solid mass by many bony plates. The carapace is covered by a layer of horny keratin scales. The lower shell, called the plastron, is built around the turtle’s breastbone. The carapace and plastron are joined on the sides by bony structures called bridges so that there are openings for the turtle’s head, four legs and short tail. The rigid shell prevents motion of the ribs. Because of this, turtles lack the diaphragm that allows other animals to cough. If fluid enters the lungs (which are located just under the carapace) pneumonia presents deadly dangers since the turtle will not be able to easily rid itself of the fluid, and infection is likely. So please take good care of your turtle.

Turtle   Baby Turtles

Interesting facts about turtles:

  • Turtles don’t have teeth, but their jaws or beaks have horny sharp edges that can cut hard substances. Their jaws are strong.
  • Like other reptiles, turtles are ecotherms or cold-blooded — they vary the internal temperature according to the ambient environment.
  • Turtles breathe air and do not lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water.
  • Turtles have color vision with a wealth of cone subtypes with sensitivities ranging from the near ultraviolet (UV A) to red.
  • We find both terrestrial turtles and aquatic turtles. The largest turtles are aquatic.
  • Turtle heads are covered by hard scales
 
Corn Snakes E-mail

 

Natural Habitat

Commonly found around agricultural fields, in deserted buildings, forest openings, grasslands. They enjoy a dry climate. They like to hide and will not often be seen out in nature. Corn snakes prefer being on the ground but can climb trees, cliff and other surfaces.

Description

How did the corn snake get its name?
Farmers often found corn snakes in their corn fields. The snakes were eating the rodents who were feeding on the corn. There is also a story that the orange, cream and black checkered belly reminds people of corn.

What do they look like?
Hatchling corn snakes range in size from 9 - 14 inches (22-35 cm)in length. Adult Corn snakes are relatively small with an average length of 3 - 5 feet (1.4 meters). Males tend to achieve a larger size than females.

The general appearance of a corn snake is a slender snake with black bordered, irregular red/rust dorsal (tail) blotches. Background color can range from brilliant orange to silvery gray. The belly is white with a black checkerboard pattern. In captivity Corn snakes come in many color morphs with over 100 possible morph combinations.

The body scales are smooth to weakly keeled (they have a mild ridge down the center of their scales), therefore slightly rough to touch and not as shiny as an unkeeled snake. The sub-caudal (the enlarged plates on the underside of the tail) are divided (paired).

Do they bite?
These snakes are easy to care for or handle and do not easily bite. These snakes do not get large and are easy to tame. They are also relatively docile. If they do feel threatened they will vibrate their tales (like rattlesnakes do). A snake ready to strike will flatten its head.

How long do they live?
In the wild, corn snakes have an average life span of about 20 years, but when kept in captivity, these snakes are known to live up to 23 years.

Behaviour
Corns are most active at night or in the hours of dawn and dusk. They are primarily ground dwellers.

 

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