Happy New Year to all! As part of a long-standing tradition, this is a day for people to set goals for themselves for the coming year. No matter how old you are or where you are in life, growth and change are always important. This is something that also applies to pet owners. In order to keep your animal companion healthy and happy, it’s important to understand their needs. Out of all of our patients, reptiles are likely the most often misunderstood. A vet offers some resolutions for people with lizards, snakes, and turtles below.
Reptiles are fascinating animals. In fact, they get even more interesting as you learn more about them! Even if you’ve had pet reptiles all your life, there’s always more to learn. Go on an online reading binge, or just invest in a few good source books or magazines. Even if you only end up learning just a few new things, it’ll be time well spent!
As far as temperature, lighting and humidity go, many of our reptilian buddies require specific environmental conditions. Special equipment is needed for both creating and monitoring said conditions. If your pet’s gear is old or sub-par, it may not be accurate. If it’s time for an upgrade, that should go on your to-do list for this year.
Specialized light bulbs tend to get weaker long before they burn out. You may not notice this, since the bulbs may appear fine to the naked eye. Make sure you replace these regularly!
Although reptiles can be both personable and charming, they’re seldom as charismatic as cats, dogs, and other animals. That can make it harder to notice behavioral changes that could be indicative of stress or illness. While research is helpful here, it’s just as important to observe your pet. This should actually be something you enjoy. Reptiles are both captivating and beautiful to watch!
Reptiles often get some pretty bad PR, which is unfortunate. They’re not only pretty darn cute, but they also play crucial roles in our natural environment. Snap some photos of your reptilian buddy, and use them to spread the word about reptiles and how it’s important to protect their welfare. Who knows? You may just change someone’s mind about these wonderful creatures!
Do you have questions about reptile care? Contact us, your animal clinic, today!