No Loud Noises
While cats, dogs, and birds can be quite vocal, reptiles are typically very quiet. Your pet won’t wake you up by singing, whining, or barking in the middle of the night!
We can’t technically say you won’t have to deal with shedding, as many reptiles do shed their skins. However, you won’t find yourself constantly trying to get pet fur off your clothes and furniture.
As long as you keep your reptilian pal’s cage clean, you won’t have to deal with foul odors or stinky litterboxes. That’s a definite plus!
Another great thing about snakes and lizards? They won’t chew your shoes, eat your couch cushions, or dig holes in the carpet!
No Training Required
As you probably know, dogs need quite a bit of training to really become good, obedient pets. Cats tend to train their people, instead of it being the other way around, but that’s another topic. Reptiles, however, don’t need to learn how to be a good pet. You won’t have to worry about sending your snake to daycare or finding a professional trainer for your lizard.
Reptiles aren’t entirely self-sufficient: you’ll need to provide your pet with food; fresh water; a clean, comfortable cage; and regular veterinary care. However, many of our scaled pals don’t need as much daily care or attention as other animals do.
While there are certainly many pros to owning reptiles, they aren’t right for everyone. Many reptiles grow quite large, so you’ll need to make sure you can accommodate and care for your pet when he or she is fully grown. Food is another thing to consider: many reptiles eat things that are, well, not exactly appetizing. Finally, although reptiles are fascinating to watch, many of them are not exactly cuddly. Your snake probably won’t form a heart shape to greet you when you come home. Before adopting, do a little research and a lot of thinking, and ask your vet for advice.
Do you have questions about reptile care? We are here to help! Contact us, your local Moorpark, CA animal hospital, today!