Happy New Year to everyone! Tradition says this day is for people to set goals for themselves for the upcoming year. Growth and change are always important, no matter where you are in life or how old you are. This is something that is also very relevant to pet owners. To keep your animal companion healthy and happy, it’s important for you to understand what they need. Out of all of our patients, reptiles are likely the most often misunderstood. A vet lists some resolutions for people with turtles, snakes, and lizards below.
Reptiles are genuinely fascinating. In fact, they keep getting more interesting the more you learn about them! Even if you’ve had pet reptiles all your life, there will always be more to learn. Consider picking up a few good magazine or source books, or just go on an online reading binge. And even if you only end up learning just a couple new things, it will still be time well spent!
Many of our reptilian buddies need specific environmental conditions involving lighting, temperature, and/or humidity. This requires special equipment for both managing and creating said conditions. If your pet’s gear is old or sub-par, it may be displaying inaccurate readings. This year, if it’s time for an upgrade, be sure to put that on your to-do list.
It’s not uncommon specialized light bulbs to get weaker long before they burn out. This can be hard to notice, as the bulbs may look fine to the naked eye. Be sure to replace these regularly!
Reptiles can be both charming and personable, but they generally aren’t as charismatic as cats, dogs, and other animals. That makes it harder to see behavioral changes that may be indicative of illness or stress. Research is helpful here, but it’s also important to simply observe your pet. This should actually be something you enjoy. Reptiles are truly captivating and beautiful to watch!
Reptiles have taken on some pretty bad PR, which really is unfortunate. They play crucial roles in maintaining our natural environment, and they are also pretty doggone cute. Snap some photos of your reptilian pet. Use them to spread the word about reptiles and why it’s important to protect their welfare. Who knows? You might just change a few peoples’ minds about these fascinating creatures!
Do you have questions about reptile care? Contact us, your animal clinic, today!