Interested to know what species you can keep as a pet reptile?
Australia is home to more than 800 species of reptile, with many of these remarkable creatures being found nowhere else on the planet!
From bearded dragons to Children’s pythons and turtles to knob tail geckoes, our Aussie reptiles come in all shapes and sizes. In recent years there has been a surge of interest around caring for reptiles as pets and it’s not hard to understand why.
With many Australian’s having smaller backyards and busier lives, more traditional pets like dogs and cats may not suit everyone.
Whilst reptiles typically require less time and maintenance than a dog or cat, they do have very specific care needs. It’s important to do your research or take a course in reptile care, such as a Petopia® Reptile Masterclass, and ensure you are correctly set up for your new family member.
If you and your family are considering sharing your lives with a scaly companion, let’s take a look at some of the best reptile pets for beginners.
Bearded Dragons – These charismatic and engaging lizards are one of the most commonly kept pet reptiles worldwide. Packed full of personality and coming in a range of stunning colours, bearded dragons are the perfect first reptile for any child or adult alike.
Children’s Pythons – For those wanting a more slithery reptile friend, you can’t go past a children’s python. These snakes are one of the smallest python’s in the world and have a gentle nature. Their close relatives the spotted and Stimson’s pythons are also great choices for children and first-time snake keepers.
Blue-tongue Lizards– Affectionately known as ‘blueys’ these large skinks are super intriguing and certainly not shy when it comes to food! Capable of living for more than 20 years in captivity you will be able to share many awesome memories with a blue-tongue over its’ lifetime.
Knob-tail Geckos– Small, nocturnal lizards found throughout the arid interior of Australia, knob-tail geckos are truly spectacular. Whilst they are very secretive and don’t enjoy handling (not great for young kid’s wanting to be hands-on with their reptile) they do make a good reptile pet for someone with minimal space and a busy lifestyle.
Turtles– There’s nothing cuter than a baby turtle, but don’t be fooled by their adorable appearance! Turtles are a LOT of work. Not only do they grow very large and live for more than 50 years, there is a considerable amount of upkeep involved to ensure they remain happy and healthy. Turtles can make great reptile pets, but it would be a good idea to complete the Petopia Turtle Masterclass first to get all the facts.
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