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Snakes, lizards & turtles are amongst some of the most exotic animals we can keep as pets here in the UK but making sure they are well looked after can create many challenges. Our team of Vets have put together some tips and advice to make sure your reptile has the best start in life.
All types of reptile have their own preferences of temperature and lighting levels so keep thermometers in and around the vivarium to make sure your pet is living in the best conditions.
All reptiles need to have the correct amount of vitamin D3 so providing them with lighting that mimics natural sunlight is very important.
Like all animals reptiles can develop easily preventable diseases which can be affected by stress, diet or if their vivarium isn’t correctly set up for their needs.
Problems that could occur with your pet are:
• Metabolic bone disease
• Difficulty shedding their skin
If your pet shows signs of any of these get in touch with The Pet Vet to book an appointment.
Most reptiles eat insects or rodents, while some need their daily dose of fruit and veg too.
Others need extra supplements such as vitamins and minerals, so don’t forget to do your research before you pick up your new pet.
It is essential that you understand and learn the specific needs of your pet before you acquire it so that your reptile lives a happy life.