Quite often we are asked “Why do people keep reptiles for pets?” In answer to these people I
would have the following to justify my love of keeping these wonderful creatures:
- These animals are, in general, easy to care for. If a person conducts research in advance of buying a reptile so he can understand the needs of his individual animal, reptiles are easy to care for and rarely make a mess.
- Reptiles and amphibians do not take up a lot of room. This makes them an ideal pet for apartmentdwellers or young people who may need to keep them in a bedroom. Most species can be housed in reasonably sized terrariums.
- The medical aspects of keeping pets have long been touted by doctors. People who keep pets have a tendency to have less stress in their lives and tend to have less stress and heart related illness than other people. Reptiles are special pets because all reptiles are hypoallergenic because they do not have fur. They, therefore are a great pet for people suffering from allergies caused by fur or feathers.
- Reptiles are exotic pets which can really offer you something different from most other pets. Their vivariums can be decorated thus becoming the center point of your home and a wonderful talking point for visitors.
- Reptiles of different species have different personalities and behavioral traits. There is, literally, a reptile for everyone whether you are looking for a small lizard that is great for handling such as a Leopard Gecko, an impressive and beautiful snake such as a Ball python or a large, tame lizard such as a Bearded Dragon which can ride around on your shoulder.
These are all great reasons to keep reptiles and amphibians as pets. Keeping these creatures as pets also brings us closer to nature and can provide educational possibilities on many occasions for children and adults alike. This being said, then, Why not a reptile?