Things to Consider Before Buying a Reptile

August 8th, 2019

In recent years reptiles have become a popular pet choice. They do not require as much maintenance as a cat or dog and they are ideal for small living spaces. They do however require responsible pet ownership and specific care. With all pets you must always do your research and consider any factors that come with owning a reptile before making a decision. Also please check your states different licensing laws and requirements.

Here are three main things to consider before buying a reptile.

Legislation and Licences
Keeping a reptile will depend on what state you are living in and their laws. Most of time a license is required to be obtained before the reptile is brought. Depending on which state you live in, you must be a certain age to obtain a licence. For example in New South Wales you must be at least 16 years old to be able to apply for a licence. It is illegal to catch reptiles from the wild and keep them as pets, all reptile pets must be bred in captivity in Australia.

Species of Reptiles
Different species of reptiles have different needs. Everything from what they eat to how long they live should be considered before buying a reptile. You have to check if a certain species is allowed to be kept as a pet in your state. You have to do your research to cater to the type of reptile you want to purchase.

Long Term Commitment
Reptiles can live for a long time; some turtles can live for up to 30 years, some snakes up to 15 years and some lizards up to 20 years. You have to consider that these pets will be with you for a long time. Meaning that over the years expense can occur. Housing, food, health are all factors that have to be considering before purchasing a reptile.

List of things to consider before buying a reptile:

  1. Laws, Regulations and License
  2. Species of Reptile: Age, Size, Temperament, Handling, Health Risks
  3. Housing, Temperature, Lighting, Enclosure
  4. Nutritional needs
  5. Commitment


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