How To Choose A Reptile Or Amphibian For Pet – Instructions

Beautiful and exotic reptiles and amphibians of different types and different degrees of flexibility can be found in different places. Before purchasing a reptile or amphibian you should consider whether it is important that you pet is beautiful, accessible and interesting.

On the other hand should consider whether the pet healthy, and how much will be easy to maintain their health. In other words, whether it can properly accommodate and feed?

Species that have grown up in captivity or those that are caught in the wild?

Species that have grown up in some form of captivity (eg. Zoo) are often less tedious, easier to adapt to new living conditions than the same species that are brought from the wild. In addition, reptiles that were captured much easier to monitor breeding cycles and are less likely to cultivate internal parasites.

However, we can not be sure of the reliability of the famous argument that read “captured” kind of reduces the need to love the wild type. This could possibly be true sometime in the future, but actually only a few hobbyists, whether they are skilled in the art or amateurs, avoiding wild specimens that can be legally grown. Despite this, we unequivocally support the initiative to breeding species in captivity, reduce the import of those from the wild.

Where can I find pets?

Many species of reptiles and amphibians can be found either in the usual places such as pet shops, or if it’s legal, you can bring them out of the wilderness. Two relatively new sources for supplying reptiles and amphibians are exhibitions of reptiles and amphibians, as well as on the Internet.

Exhibitions of Reptiles and Amphibians

These exhibitions have now become entertainment for the masses. There seems to be the exhibition with the same theme in America and Europe almost every weekend. At these events, you will be able to, but to choose the type you’re interested in, and get to know other interesting growers with experience.

In addition to the most common types of relatively rare species occasionally be found on these exhibitions, and because of the great competition among the sellers, the price can be so very affordable. Locations and dates of exhibition of reptiles and amphibians (herp expos) can be found on web sites that are devoted to reptiles, or in magazines with the same topic.

Internet and classified ads

Today, many sellers and breeders of reptiles have their offer on the web space. In addition to the browser, you can search for “reptile dealers” or specific types, you can also locate many types of reptiles and amphibians that are for sale. Classified ads in magazines for reptiles are also good sources if you want to buy a snake.

Buyers, beware!

As with other purchases and transactions through the Internet, it is necessary to know at least something about the seller, or have a trusted recommendation.

Make a choice

Simply put, the care that is suitable for one type of reptile or amphibian, will not necessarily suit another. Before you purchase, it is essential to investigate the appearance and habits of the reptile or amphibian someone you’re interested. Learn how the creature looks like.

Whether it comes to lean or corpulent and active and sedentary species? Is the daily or nocturnal? What is the natural diet? See live specimens in zoos, in the wild, in the pictures in books or on the Internet.

When you finally choose your pet, check before buying if there are any physical anomalies, such as the following:
– Malnutrition, scarring, abnormal weight
– Peeling of the skin around the mouth or nostrils
– Liquid reserved
– Blur-free, clear eyes (unless it is not a snake in the process of molting)
– Swelling

Also, see the following:
– Snakes sometimes flaky veil that protects the eye, which can cause some eye infections.
– Pay attention to the edge of the dry skin around the eyes or eyes that look blurred.
– See your stomach to determine whether there are burns (from, for example, the hot stones), open wounds, or blistering.
– Amphibians should not have traces of red color (not counting the species to which the natural color) in the stomach. Abdominal muscles (in snakes) and scales (the lizard) may not have the yellow and brownish edges.
– When the snakes or lizards appear malnourished longitudinal loosening of the skin, or their ribs featured. Sick and malnourished animals should be avoided.
– Establish that a reptile or amphibian appropriate food, and, if possible, watch them eat. Reptilian that eating properly is mostly healthy reptile.
– Snakes and lizards can be a jerk and rub your face or body of the equipment in the cage if they have mites. Dust mites are the challengers disease and they need to be quickly exterminated.
– Any reptile-to-mouth breathing or has bubbles close to the lips or nostrils (amphibians do not exhibit these symptoms) probably has a respiratory illness. Reptiles suffering from a respiratory disease can raise the front part of his body and head off the ground and stay in that position for a longer period of time.
– Determine whether your future animals are able to normal crawling.

Avoid reptiles or amphibians that have any of these symptoms!


Home delivery, as well as the transfer by plane are in circulation for the transfer of animals. Uploading is not cheap, but it is fast and efficient. It would be best that reptiles are not transported when it is very hot or cold, or during the travel season. Unless you know your dealer well, it will be necessary to pay in advance.

Many sellers insist on cash, checks, credit cards or payment via Pay Pal. Do not hesitate to ask the seller for payment method, as well as the manner and the company that will transport your animal; what level of services will be used, how about all the total cost (including packaging and the like), and the seller’s position on the mortality during transport, if an accident happens. Many dealers will guarantee the safe transport, if you respect their rules.


You’ll be much safer if you make a veterinary check before buying the animals, or, if this is not possible, immediately after the acquisition. This is especially important if your pet come from the wild. Your veterinarian will be able to be informed about all relevant issues, such as proper hydration and weight, the presence of internal parasites (almost unavoidable in wild species), and possibly will diagnose diseases of the mouth and eyes. If there is a problem, your veterinarian will prescribe a certain treatment regimen.

Favorite pets

In fact, a lot of reptiles and amphibians is herein omitted for various reasons. Thus the long-standing favorite species, such as red-turtles and turtle Graptemys, omitted the fact that breeders can not provide adequate housing for a range of long and 10 inches (25 cm).

Beautiful yellow ratter (Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata) is also avoided, as it turned out to be slightly larger than her sister, corn snakes and a little more energetic than her. The California king snake and Honduran milk snake are chosen not because they have really obvious advantages compared to other royal and milk snakes, but because they are easier to be found in pet shops.

Although the African spurred tortoise is far more common than red-footed tortoise, the first can achieve enormous proportions (more than 100 pounds, or 45 kilograms, in certain cases, and if they live outside tends to dig deep holes). Cakoanska horned frog is just as easy to store as Argentine horned frog, but the last can occur in different colors.

As you can see, the choice was arbitrary. Care tiger salamander, often called water dogs, the same as care aksolotla but the first couples in difficult domestic conditions and can drown in the process of metamorphosis of aquatic larvae stage to full maturity land animals. Again, the choice was arbitrary.

“The worst choice” when it comes to pets reptiles and amphibians

Although often sold, the following list of reptiles and amphibians is not desirable for someone who is a novice in keeping reptiles and amphibians as pets.

Reticulated python – It is too big snake (potential length can reach 7.6 meters) and will often have unreliable nature. Length of over 2.4 m, this powerful Python, can be potentially dangerous for the owners.

Burmese python – again we encounter a snake too (potential length can reach 6.1 m). Length of over 2.4 m of strong pythons can be potentially dangerous for the owners.

Boa constrictors – Too animals (potential length may exceed 3.65 m). Length over 2.4 m is potentially dangerous for the owners.

Amazon Forest boa – Although it could be a good choice for owners with experience, feisty nature of this serpent of about 1.8 m in length, is not recommended for the initial enthusiasts.

Red eared slider – Although it is a popular pet, the turtle can reach a length of over 20 cm, and require a large space in which they can be warm when you get out of the water or to swim whenever they want. Given that they can be carriers of salmonella, selling tortoise whose shell was less than 10 cm is illegal.

Horned lizards – These lizards have special dietary needs (including red ants), which are impossible to follow in captivity.

Senegalese Chameleons – This is a cheaper type of chameleon, but it is difficult to adjust. The largest number of copies is caught in the wild and are often full of parasites.

Green iguanas – neotropical These lizards can reach a mature size of about 1.8 m. During mating season males suddenly becoming intractable and may try to scratch or bite its owner.

African ostrugatske turtles – Although they are very durable, adult weight is 27-54 kg, and keeping these turtles can be very hard for many hobbyists.

Sranan horned frog – Many specimens are reluctant to eat in captivity.

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