lizard-357183_1280It has been over half-a year since I last had a pet. My cat passed away in December, leaving me devastated. However, lately, I’ve been considering taking a pet in again but since pets are not exactly allowed in our apartment complex, I decided to look into a much quieter (and convenient) species for me to take home: Reptiles.

However, taking care of reptiles is all new to me. Before I took Gomez (my cat) home, I’ve done tremendous research on cat-care and looked for vets and pet stores around my area. It was quite pricey to start with, but was helpful enough to keep my little love bug happy.

So, I decided to take the same steps this time, but instead of a cat, I’ll be researching on reptiles in general. Amidst my research, I stumbled upon which totally helped me out with the basics, like how the environment should be at home. This includes lighting, space, and temperature.
It says on the site that one has to make sure that the size of the reptile tank has to be big enough to accommodate the reptile’s movements to simulate its natural habitat like a space to bask in, a space to climb, and even a hiding place. I haven’t actually decided which particular reptile I’m getting but I would definitely consider getting a smaller specie given that my flat isn’t big enough to accommodate a huge tank with all those features included.

Next on the list is the temperature and ventilation of the environment and the tank itself. Reptiles are naturally cold-blooded, but as far as I remember, each reptile has a different humidity tolerance. Which means, whatever reptile I choose to bring home, I’d have to consider the amenity I’m going to put in its tank to adjust the temperature like a water bowl, a mist-cooling system, or even a faux-waterfalls, just to make sure my new baby won’t get toasted inside its tank.

Then I’d have to really consider lighting. It would be really dangerous to put reptiles under direct sunlight for hours on end, especially in a glass tank as a glass tank won’t really let the sunlight pass through, it would just make the glass hot. But reptiles still need sunlight to get vitamin D3, so I’d need to, again, consider getting a tank that has good ventilation, and can be easily moved around so I can take it out easily at the veranda every morning for my reptile’s dose of vitamin D3.

Lastly, the accessories. Pretty much like dog and cat owners splurge on their fur-babies accessories, reptiles need a similar amount of treatment to make it comfortable, and happy in its new home. But instead of a tutu or a fancy leash, reptile accessories actually consists of plants, rocks, and a log, just to name a few. Cost-wise, it’s cheaper, I really think that the only splurge (probably) I’ll make is on the tank which has to be large enough but easy to move around, has a screen top, and is easy to clean.

It is really important for aspiring pet-owners such as I to research a lot to not only know how much one needs to spend on initial pet-care requirements, but also to make sure that the new addition to the household would actually be happy, healthy, and well-taken-cared of.

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