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Reptile Bathing

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!

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Buying a Reptile Responsibly

Reptiles are beautiful, fascinating, amazing creatures.  However, they require very specific living conditions, and new reptile keepers need to make sure they fully understanding how to care for them properly.

Becoming a reptile keeper is a big responsibility.  There are many things to consider to ensure that a reptiles needs can be met:

  • Size and Lifespan

    • How long can they live?

    • How big will it grow?

  • Cost

    • Food

    • Electricity (heat and lighting)

    • Cage and furnishings

    • Regular replacement of light bulbs (to ensure sufficient UV, usually every 6 months)

    • Vet bills

  • Habitat

    • The reptile needs somewhere to live that is as close as possible to their natural environment

    • Conditions must be monitored carefully to ensure they are always within correct ranges (temperature gages at different locations, humidity gage)

      • Heating (reptiles cannot regulate their own body temperatures, and unless it is warm enough they cannot digest food at all and immunity will fall)

        • it is important to provide a heat gradient (hot end and cool end of living space) so the reptile can warm up or cool down when they need to

      • Sunlight/UV Lighting (reptiles require sufficient UV or will get calcium deficient which leads to severe and painful bone problems)

      • Humidity (often high humidity required)

    • Is the reptile nocturnal? (will need a hiding area for the day)

    • Does it naturally live in trees? (will need at least one branch to perch on)

    • Where do they naturally sleep? (use bedding that wont hurt the reptile, and is easily cleaned)

  • Cage

    • Can you buy a suitable cage?

    • Do you need to make one?

      • What materials do you need?

      • How will you make it safe?

    • What size does it need to be? (Reptiles can grow very rapidly and will need larger cages to suit)

  • Food

    • What do they eat in the wild?

    • Do they catch live prey?

  • Water

    • Fresh water provided daily

  • Cleaning

    • Cage needs regular cleaning (day to day, and deep cleaning)

  • Exercise/interaction

    • Do you have time to spend interacting with a reptile? To let it out its cage for some exercise?

  • Vet

    • Need a local vet who treats reptiles (well cared for reptiles are resilient, but they can still get sick)

 

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