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Reptile Awareness Day

Did you know that Reptile Awareness Day is October 21st? Snakes and lizards aren’t necessarily the perfect pets for everyone, but our scaled friends can actually make wonderful animal companions for the right people. A Poway, CA vet discusses reptiles in this article.

Benefits of Having A Reptile

Reptiles actually have some wonderful qualities. For one thing, they are very quiet: you won’t have to worry about your neighbors complaining about noise. They’re also great for people with allergies. As long as you keep your pet’s cage clean, you won’t have to deal with foul odors. And, while reptiles are very pretty and fascinating to watch, they don’t need to be trained or walked every day. Snakes and lizards also won’t chew up your shoes, dig holes in your yard, or use your sofa as a manicure station.

Choosing A Reptile

If you’re considering adopting a reptile, please choose your scaled pet responsibly. Many reptiles simply aren’t suitable pets, as they can get very large and/or dangerous. We also recommend that you to go to a reputable breeder or pet store. Avoid events or places that offer rare or exotic reptiles for sale, as many of these animals are captured in the wild, and taken away from their native habitat. This is bad for both the animal and the environment! Captive-bred reptiles make much better pets. Some good options are king snakes; milk snakes; geckos; iguanas; and bearded dragons. Just be sure to do plenty of research before adopting a reptile.

Helping Reptiles

Even if you don’t own—or want to own a reptile—if you’re an animal lover like us, you may be concerned about the well-being of all kinds of animals. Reptiles aren’t as cute or cuddly as other pets, so they often fall under the radar when it comes to promoting good animal welfare. If you want to help our scaled pals, start by choosing your pets responsibly. You can also support programs that work to preserve and protect natural reptile habitats. If you have children, talk to your little one about reptiles on their special day. Take a trip to a local zoo, and spend some extra time in the reptile enclosures. Then, wind the day down by watching a fun dinosaur movie together.

Do you have questions or concerns about your reptile’s health or care? Contact us, your Poway, CA animal hospital!

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