The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Feeding and Taking Care of Reptiles
Most people associate pets with either cats or dogs, but there are those who are more interested in less popular varieties, say reptiles. The thing is having a pet reptile isn’t really something new, but if you wish to go this direction, you must first accept the fact that the responsibility of caring for one is very different to how you’ve grown accustomed to taking care of your dog or cat. While you find feeding, grooming, and bathing your dog or cat as very easy, the same thing cannot be said about reptiles since they need more attention and focus. The fact is there have been quite a lot of instances in which pet reptiles died merely because their owners committed rather silly and obvious mistakes which could have been averted if more learning and research were done.
Have a look at the most common mistakes you likely are going to make in owning a pet reptile:
1 – Wrong Feeding
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As an inexperienced reptile owner, you are very prone to committing this mistake and in most cases, if you don’t get the right information about how to feed your pet, it could lead to its death. First things first, you have to know if your pet lizard is herbivore or carnivore. For instance, if you find out your pet is herbivore, it means you can’t feed it too much protein because its body is designed to eat plants and grass, not meat. Some common pet reptiles which shouldn’t be fed with protein-based food are iguanas, blue tongue skinks, and uromastyx lizards.
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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. Some types of lizards like chameleons are particularly challenging to take care because they’re temperamental. What this means is that they need very specific moisture levels to be healthy.
3 – Improper Housing
Other than food and moisture level, owners of reptiles also make mistakes when it comes to building the house or enclosure for the animals. We need a durable and stable shelter to keep us safe from the harm posed outside, the same thing holds true with pet reptiles. So, if they are housed improperly, they might be exposed to something outside that could harm them or perhaps they wouldn’t feel comfortable inside and end up getting stressed out.
You see, there are things about taking care of reptiles are pets that you still don’t know about, and if you really are serious in succeeding, you need to go the extra mile in learning more about how to take care of your pet.