Reptiles get a bad rep.
When most people dream of getting a new pet, their minds immediately go to furry kitties or energetic pups — basically anything they can cuddle with. And while furry friends are great for a plethora of reasons, our scaly friends often get overlooked.
In reality, reptiles can be just as friendly and cuddly as a dog or cat, they’re just a bit harder to read. So the next time you head to the pet store in search of your future best friend, give these little guys some attention. Chances are, you’ll realize what you’ve been missing.
Bearded dragons are one of the most popular reptiles out there. They’re a beginner to intermediate level pet, but still require lots of attention and love. Much like a puppy, bearded dragons can form tremendous bonds with their owners. The more time you spend with them each day, the more likely they are to feel comfortable around you.
Believe it or not, beardies can be trained to go on walks, chill on your shoulder as you work, and are full of personality. Every beardie is different, with their own quirks. But, that’s just what makes them so fun to get to know.
Perhaps the most low maintenance snake out there, ball pythons are perfect beginner pets. Ball pythons are so named for their tendency to curl up into a tight ball when they feel threatened, according to veterinarian epidemiologist, Lianne McLeod. Similar to beardies, the more that you hang out with your ball python, the more likely it is to bond with you.
Caring for your ball python is relatively simple. Keep it in a medium sized, well sealed enclosure and feed them every week or two. For more information on ball python care, check out this article by McLeod.
Another easy to care for and easy to love reptile is the leopard gecko. Not only are they one of the most beautiful reptiles out there, they love being interacted with and are extremely docile creatures. To make matter even better, leopard geckos are extremely low maintenance. A couple basic necessities include a temperature controlled enclosure, and two to three time a week feedings. Of course, how often you feed your gecko is largely dependent on their size.
For more info on everything you need to know to care for a leopard gecko, check out this article by Gary Rolfe of ReptileCentre.com.
Reptiles are worth it!
So there you have it friends — our top three pick of the best reptiles to keep as pets. Keep in mind, there are so many more amazing reptiles out there that could make the perfect pet for you! From turtles to skinks to iguanas and so much more, there’s a little guy out there just waiting to call your arms home.
So with all of that said, don’t forget to give your scaly friends some attention on your search for the perfect pet. The outcome might surprise you.