Mistakes to Avoid When Feeding and Taking Care of Reptile Pets
Most people associate pets with either cats or dogs, but there are those who are more interested in less popular varieties, say reptiles. Well, there’s really nothing wrong about having a reptile as a pet, although the first thing you need to acknowledge if you plan on getting one is that taking care of it is never the same to that of taking care of a dog or cat. While feeding, bathing, and grooming your dog or cat are things you can get used to in a heartbeat, reptiles on the other hand need more attention and care. As a matter of fact, those who don’t spend time studying and researching end up making costly mistakes that result to the death of the pet.
Have a look at the most common mistakes you likely are going to make in owning a pet reptile:
1 – Feeding Incorrectly
Study: My Understanding of Animals
Being an inexperienced reptile owner, there’s a good chance you’ll make this mistake, and while a first or second infraction is tolerable, you can’t continue feeding your pet food it isn’t suited for because it could lead to its death. The first thing you must figure out is if your pet is carnivore or herbivore. This is important because if it’s a herbivore, you can’t tolerate feeding it too much protein because it isn’t born that way. Iguanas and uromastyx lizards are two common examples of lizards that shouldn’t be fed with protein-based diets.
What Has Changed Recently With Animals?
2 – Improper Hydration
There’s a very common misconception among pet lizard owners in which they believe there’s nothing wrong in over-watering them. Once there is excess moisture in the cage, bacteria, mold, and mildew will breed and thrive, thereby posing some serious health risks to your pet. You also must be aware that some lizard types like chameleons are very difficult to take care because they are naturally temperamental. Simply put, you need to study their demands for the proper moisture level because it’s vital for keeping them healthy.
3 – Wrong Enclosure/Housing
Aside from food and moisture level, many pet reptile owners also make a lot of mistakes when it comes to housing the animals. Just as humans need shelter to keep them safe from the weather and outside elements, reptiles require the same thing. Remember that improper housing of your reptile could lead to two things: first is they might get exposed to harm from the outside or second, they could be stressed out due to discomfort.
Because there are so many different reptiles that could be taken care of as pets, you have to go the extra mile in studying how to take good care of the specific reptile you want to bring home.