I’ve talked before about how much I love my kittens, they’re my fur babies and I love them to bits, but they aren’t my only pets. When I tell people I have snakes and lizards, I’m either met with ‘…oh right’ or visible shudders; but I’ve learnt that reptiles are truly brilliant pets if you give them a chance.

Gilmore - bearded dragon
A year and a half ago, I would have shuddered and shivered along with everyone else at the thought of having reptiles as pets. I would have freaked out at the thought of being near a snake, let alone holding one, but since learning more about them and having experience with this great animals, I honestly think they make great pets.

Nova - corn snake

One of these reasons is that reptiles are hypoallergenic. You can’t be allergic to reptile scales which obviously makes them a good choice if you have allergies. With reptiles, you’ll be able to hold them to your hearts content and not have to ration your contact time like you might have to with kittens and puppies.

Secondly, there’s so much variety – there’s so many different morphs (colours and patterns) of snakes and lizards, meaning that there’s something that will appeal to everyone. Whether you’re an old pro or new to keeping reptiles, the vast variety of animals is sure to keep you fascinated.

Picasso - royal python
 Contrary to what you may think, snakes are pretty easy to care for. I know when my then girlfriend brought her first snake home, I was daunting, thinking that they’d have a massive list of needs but they really don’t. Once you’ve got your thermostats and heating source (and lighting if necessary) set up correctly then you’re pretty much sorted. They don’t demand attention or toys in the same way other animals do, so after the initial costs, reptiles are pretty cheap to keep too.

I never thought I’d be an advocate of all things scaly, but honestly, I do think reptiles are fab. If you’re looking for a pet that’s fascinating and a little different, and are willing to do the research for what that reptile needs and the size it will get to, a reptile could make you an amazing pet.

Do you have any pet reptiles and what are your experiences?


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