Reptile supplies: What you need to know about and get for your new pet
Reptiles are some of the oldest and most unique creatures on the planet. They're fun to watch and generally easy to care for, and they're especially suitable if you work long hours. However, you do need to make sure they're well-fed, live in a clean environment and have all of the supplies necessary for a safe and happy life. Learn more about what it takes to own these common types of reptiles, and find the reptile supplies you'll need for your new pet at Every Day Low Prices.
Turtles: Turtles are some of the most popular reptile pets. The animals themselves are fairly inexpensive, and depending on the type you get, they can live over 25 years. Your pet may be around for a while and become a cherished companion. They don't necessarily enjoy human interaction, but they're fascinating creatures that are fun to watch. Pet turtles require adequate food, shelter and living conditions. Most of them live in terrariums, and the more room you can provide your new pet the better. At minimum, your turtle needs a 30-gallon tank as its home if it's a smaller species that measures around 6 inches. The larger the turtle, the bigger the tank it requires. A 55-gallon tank works well for turtles up to 8 inches, and you'll want a tank that's at least 80 gallons for any turtle larger than 8 inches long. The terrarium should have clean water in it at all times, so a water filtration system is a good investment, and your pet may need a heat lamp because it can't bask in the sun. However, if you can keep the terrarium near a window, that's always a good idea. Place a thermometer inside to ensure you're keeping the environment the right temperature for your pet. Keep the terrarium clean, feed your turtle the right foods for its species. A mix of premade turtle foods and leafy greens is the basis for a healthy diet.
Snakes: While many people are scared of snakes, many more see them as the beloved pets they have the potential to be. The species you choose will have an impact on how you care for your snake, but there are some general rules to keep in mind. Because snakes can escape through the tiniest of holes, you'll want to choose a secure home for your new pet. Aquarium tanks are generally safer options, but they need to have vented tops for adequate oxygen circulation. A 10- or 20-gallon tank works well for smaller snakes, but larger species like king snakes need something in the 30- to 55-gallon range. Boas and other giant snakes may do best with custom-made enclosures. Your snake will also need places inside the enclosure to hide, such as a small rock cave, box or upturned pot. As with turtles, you'll need to monitor the temperature in the enclosure and make sure it matches the needs of your snake species. Different species have different temperature requirements, but a heat lamp and thermometer can help you create the ideal environment.
Bearded dragons: If you want a pet that may bond with you, consider a bearded dragon. They're known for their mild behavior compared to other lizards. Most bearded dragons do well living in glass tanks, and the larger your pet, the larger the environment should be. Never choose a tank under 20 gallons. If the lizard is 10 to 16 inches long, 40 gallons should be your minimum. Bearded dragons between 16 and 20 inches need 50 to 75 gallons, and larger lizards need even bigger tanks. Never shy away from purchasing the largest tank you can for your pet. It'll enjoy the space. Your lizard will require around 14 hours a day of lighting from a basking lamp, and you'll need a couple of thermometers to monitor the temperature inside the tank. Other items you'll need include shallow food and water dishes, a spray bottle, rocks and any fun decor you like for the tank.
Geckos: Geckos are also fairly docile and easy to care for if you're looking for a low-maintenance lizard. They can occasionally live up to 20 years, so be prepared for a long-term commitment. Because they're nocturnal, they don't need as much lighting as a bearded dragon, but they do require a basking lamp to help keep them warm. Choose a terrarium that is a minimum of 20 gallons — but remember that, as with any reptile, the bigger the space is the happier your pet will be. Geckos also like to climb, so choose a tank with some height, and fill it with branches, plants and other structures. Geckos tend to be solitary creatures, but they can share a space with other geckos as long as there's only one male in the environment. You can, however, have multiple females housed together."