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Essential Guide to Buying Reptiles

Exotic and mysterious, it’s no surprise that reptiles are a popular pet choice for many people. But these cold blooded animals require lots of care and attention, which can come as a shock for the uninformed owner. Lots of research is needed before considering a reptile as a pet, and here are some starting points to get you thinking about the reality of owning an exotic pet.

Managing Environment

The European climate isn’t suited to many reptiles, and specific environments must be created for them. Unlike mammals, reptiles aren’t easily adaptable to a change in environment, and so their home must be carefully regulated. Humidity, lighting, substrate, and heat must all be set up specifically for your species and maintained to keep them healthy.

Set Up Cost

Setting up such habitats for your reptile comes at a cost. Almost everything you buy will be specifically made for them, including lights and disinfectant. The biggest expense will be the tank or vivarium, and you’ll need to find a suitable space in your home for this. This is on top of the cost of your reptile, which can range from £50 to £300.


Unfortunately, many people assume that reptiles are short lived animals, but this isn’t the case! Many species can live for 20+ years, and don’t make good short term pets. As they don’t cope well with change and movement in their home, re-homing isn’t always a success and this should be considered before you commit to buying your reptile.


It’s not an overstatement when we say reptiles shouldn’t be owned by squeamish people. They feed on live insects and dead mammals such as chicks and mice. You will also need to feed the insects themselves to make sure they provide your pet with plenty of vitamins and minerals. Make sure you can cope with the odd loose cricket or locust!


Reptiles aren’t like cats and dogs, and don’t usually form the familiar bonds you might be used to with other, more fluffy animals. Many also have nasty defence mechanisms, so must be treated with care and respect.

Keeping reptiles can be hugely rewarding, and the fact that you’re reading this article shows you will be an informed owner. We haven’t covered everything there is to know however, but we hope this has been helpful starting point in your reptilian adventures!

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