is reptile? The first things come to most people's mind may
be snakes, giant lizards or crocodiles shown on TV programs.
Actually, there are many more reptiles in the world. Some
species have funny faces, beautiful outlooks or colourful
skins. Many of these species can be kept in house and become
a friend of you, just like keeping dogs, cats and fishes.
What are the differences between keeping reptiles and other
kinds of pets?
First of all, we have to understand that, reptiles are cold-blooded
animals. Unlike cats, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas
or rabbits, reptiles cannot produce heat energy from eating
or keep their bodies warm by fur. They have to use the external
heat to help digest food and survive. Therefore, most reptiles
have to find a suitable place in their habitat to enjoy the
sunlight everyday. In addition, we should not have frequent
direct contact with them because it will create a lot of problems
such as refusing to eat or feeling under pressure. Even though
reptiles are not as smart as cats and dogs which can recognize
their masters, we can enjoy the beauty of natural creatures
and experience the wonder of wild animals when keeping them.
How should I start keeping a reptile?
Enough space and facilities are the most important. Most reptiles
need UVA and UVB to survive. Insufficient supply of UVA or
UVB will lead to bone problems or, at worst, death. Since
we cannot provide all necessary foods which are available
at their natural habitat, calcium and vitamin supplements
should be regularly added into their diets. Don't forget that
enough space is imperative and different kinds of reptiles
should not be kept together in the same cage. If reptiles
are being kept in a crowd, they will have to face a lot of
Which is the most popular choice of reptiles?
I think is the red ear slider (Trachemys scripta elegans).
Some of you may have kept one in childhood. Actually, it is
not an easy task to keep a red ear slider strong and healthy.
Suitable environment and facilities are very important. Here
is the figure showing you how to make it.