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Making Friends With a Reptile

August 1, 2021

Have you ever wondered if reptiles can feel different emotions? It’s probably safe to say that snakes and lizards aren’t as sentimental or affectionate as dogs and cats, but there’s no true way to say for sure. That said, reptiles can and do get quite attached to their owners. Bonding with a reptile will take time and patience, but it’s not impossible. A veterinarian discusses taming reptiles in this article.

Adopt Young

You’ll probably have more luck taming a baby reptile than an older one that’s rarely been handled. Of course, some baby reptiles need a lot of care and they may not be suitable pets for first-time reptile owners. Do plenty of research before adopting one.

Watch Body Language

Pay close attention to your pet’s body language, and how he acts around you. If your reptile is hissing, withdrawing, or acting as though it’s scared or going to strike, just leave him alone.


Offering food and treats is a great way to win any animal’s trust. However, this can be tricky with reptiles, as many of them don’t even eat every day. Others eat things like bugs and mice. You may also be less than thrilled about trying to hold a live cockroach for your pet. Let your reptile get used to your smell and the sound of your voice. He’ll realize on their own that you’re providing dinner.


Lizards actually can be quite affectionate. Many appear to enjoy cuddling or sitting on their humans, and some even become lap lizards. However, some of these tiny dinosaurs only feel comfortable being handled or petted by their owners. Don’t expect too much from a strange reptile.


Many reptiles enjoy a good soak. WIth some, such as iguanas, regular baths are a must. Use this time to bond with your cute pet. Talk to your tiny dinosaur while he’s soaking.

Settling In

Don’t try to handle your pet immediately. Let him adjust to his new  surroundings, and get used to you. Just talk to the little guy, and perhaps hold your hand out for him to investigate. (Note: this isn’t recommended with larger reptiles that may bite.)

Picking Up

Handling reptiles regularly will help keep them tame and docile. Be sure to pick your pet up properly! Never pick a reptile up by the tail! Also, don’t scoop your pet up unexpectedly or when he is eating or sleeping. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about reptile care? Contact us, your veterinary clinic in Edison Park, FL, today!

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