Surely everyone loves a nice warm bath? I know I do! So what about our reptiles? Well some love it, some hate it and some can take it or leave it, a bit like humans I guess. Not only can baths be relaxing and fun, but they get us clean. They also hydrate our skin which is particularly useful for reptiles if they are having issues with shedding their skin. Also they can help reptiles poop if they are constipated, as they seem to suddenly have the urge to go once in the water (luckily I don’t think this applies to humans!).
It should be noted that reptiles don’t need baths, its just depends what your particular reptile wants and needs, but they can be helpful, and also some reptiles just love them! If you want to bath them regularly, once a week is a good general rule.
So, when running your reptile a bath please make sure the temperature is right. No one hates a cold bath more than cold blooded reptiles, but also make sure its not too hot either to hurt their delicate skin – it should be just slightly warm, like a lovely warm ocean temperature.
Like us, your reptile will probably want to stretch out in their bath, and maybe have a swim (I wish!), but you could use a sink for smaller reptiles.
Now don’t fill it too high, it should be up to about their chest height, so that they can comfortably keep their head above the water while resting on the bottom, but enough to swim if they want to.
When their bath is ready, gently help them into the water, extra slowly if they are new to bathing and a bit apprehensive. Don’t leave them unattended as they may hurt themselves or escape, just enjoy some quality time with them.
After a bath of say 5-10 mins, or longer if they are still loving it, gently help them out. Note: reptiles don’t need towels, just let them dry naturally.
Finally make sure to clean the bath or sink thoroughly, especially if they have pooped in there (unless you really hate the person next in the queue for a bath! But seriously please don’t do this), reptiles carry lots of bacteria that can be bad for us humans. Make sure that you also rinse off any cleaning products very thoroughly, and probably best to leave it a day before you let a reptile bath in it again to make sure its all gone.
Well that’s it I think. Wishing you lots of great bath times!