If you are looking for a new pet you may be wondering what the options are if you don't want a dog or cat. you'll be happy to know that there are a variety of exotic pets out there that still bring joy but in a unique way such as reptiles. Our Kingman vets share some of the best reptile pets for beginners and what to expect from each of them.
Reptiles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with some requiring more care than others. The bottom line and motif we were looking for was little upkeep. Few people have the time or finances to care for a pet with a variety of needs. Nonetheless, this list necessitates far fewer resources than other exotic pets. Here are our picks for the easiest reptiles to take care of for beginners.
1. Leopard Gecko
A leopard gecko is a hardy and peaceful pet that is ideal for beginners. These spotted geckos are quiet and easy to care for, making them ideal household pets. Because they are nocturnal, if your family is active early in the morning or late at night, you will get to witness their peak activity!
Size: 6.5 – 10 inches
Lifespan: 15 – 20 years
Diet: Crickets, Mealworms, Waxworms, Locusts and Pinkie mice
2. Bearded Dragon
A bearded dragon is fantastic for beginners due to its docility and ability to adapt to captivity. They are one of the best reptiles for handling, as beardies enjoy being picked up.
Size: 15 - 24 inches
Lifespan: 7-12 years
Diet: Leafy vegetables and insects
3. Crested Gecko
Crested geckos are calm but interesting animals. The long crests on their bodies and eyes give them the appearance of cartoons. This kind of gecko is arboreal and requires a vertical habitat, making it an ideal pet for someone who may not have enough space for a standard horizontal enclosure.
Size: 8 – 10 inches
Lifespan: 15 – 20 years
Diet: Ripe or overripe fruit and crickets
Turtles are one of the most active and interesting creatures. They spend most of their life in water, have webbed feet, and are omnivores. Their small size, unique patterns, and docile personality make them a great choice.
Size: 8 - 13 inches
Lifespan: 20 - 30 years
Diet: Various proteins such as worms, crickets, mice, fish and a variety of fruits and vegetables
5. Corn Snakes
Corn snakes spend most of their time hiding and digging, therefore they require a cage that allows them to do so. Because of their curiosity, they are excellent escape artists, so make sure their tank and lid are secure. These multicolored snakes make excellent pets because they are small and docile.
Size: 3- 5 feet in length
Lifespan: 15 - 20 years
Diet: Small to medium-sized rodents
6. Water Dragons
You can spend more time appreciating them than caring for them if they have a proper and regulated habitat. Many people want to acquire iguanas but are put off by their size or violent behavior, so the water dragon is a wonderful compromise. They are significantly smaller and far friendlier, yet retain the same physical characteristics.
Size: 36 inches
Lifespan: 12 - 20 years
Diet: Worms, crickets, fish, rodents and a small percentage of fruits or vegetables
Tortoises are land-dwelling reptiles that are known for living very long lives. Tortoises have an ancient pedigree that can be traced back to the days of the dinosaurs, making them appear incredibly prehistoric. Unlike turtles, these guys are herbivores who prefer to live on land rather than in water.
Size: Dependant on species
Lifespan: 100 – 150 years (sometimes living only as long as 20 years in captivity)
Diet: A varied diet of leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.