Things to Consider Before Adopting a Reptile

Are you considering getting a reptile? Snakes, lizards, and other reptiles are very beautiful, and can be fascinating to watch. While reptiles can make absolutely wonderful pets, they aren’t right for everyone. Adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment, so you want to be sure you’re choosing the pet that is right for you. Below, a Happy Valley, OR vet lists some things to consider before adopting a reptile.


Many reptiles have very specific environmental requirements, which vary between species. Your pet may need special equipment for heating, lighting, and humidity. These can definitely impact your utility bill. Also, if you’re in an area where power outages are not uncommon, you may need get a backup power source, such as a generator.

Cuddles… or Lack Thereof

While some reptiles are quite docile and don’t mind being held, most of our scaled pals aren’t exactly affectionate. If you want a pet that you can play and interact with, a reptile may not be the best choice for you.


Another thing to think about is finding someone to care for your scaled buddy if you have to go out of town. It may be easy to make arrangements for Fluffy and Fido, but finding somebody willing to care for a reptile can be challenging.


Reptiles can get very large! For instance, iguanas can grow over six feet long. Many snakes can also get quite long. You may have to dedicate a fairly large space to your pet’s enclosure.


Some reptiles can live 20 years, or even longer. Find out about your potential pet’s life expectancy, and make sure that you commit to care for that animal for its entire life.


As you probably know, many reptiles eat things that are, well, pretty unappealing to us. Some of our scaled friends eat mice and rats, while others chow down on live bugs. If you have a weak stomach, a reptile may not be right for you. It’s also worth considering that to get your pet’s food, you’ll need to make fairly frequent trips to the pet store. Some reptiles, such as iguanas, eat vegetables, however, preparing an iguana’s meals can be time consuming and a bit pricey.

Contact us, your Happy Valley, OR animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs! We are always happy to help!

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