There are a plethora of reptiles that can be bought in the UK and kept as pets. With so much choice, it can be difficult for beginners to know which animals are the best to look after. People interested in becoming reptile owners should consider purchasing one of the following reptiles.
These fun creatures are known for their big personalities. They are ideal for beginners because they do not require too much time when it comes to being taken care of. Habitats suitable for water dragons are sold by many different companies. Reptile experts often recommend water dragons as a better alternative to iguanas. This is because they are more friendly and require less space.
The Russian tortoise is small yet impressively hardy. Unlike many other reptiles, they do not need a lot of water. Instead, they get the majority of their moisture intake from food. The main downside is that they can live for 50 years. Not all pet owners will be willing to take up such a long-time commitment.
The appearance of reptile pets can be important. After all, owners will have to look at them every day. The crestie looks almost like a cartoon, thanks to its body and eye shape. Geckos need enclosures that emphasise height over length. This is a good choice for people without much living space. Their diet of insects is also convenient as most pet shops will supply them.
Finding a good beginner snake can be a nightmare due to there being so many different species. This one has the size and temperament suitable for new handlers. Their length ranges from 3 to 5 feet, and they come in several different colour combinations. However, like the tortoise, their lifespan (25 to 30 years) may be an issue for some people.
Corn snakes are small enough to hold with one hand and are known for their calm nature. They spend the majority of their time hiding or burrowing. A secure enclosure is essential as this species is known for being curious and escaping when it can. They also need branches for climbing.
The leopard gecko is docile and quiet enough for families to enjoy. Owners can get their diet and heat supply from common pet stores. Compared to other reptiles they are very easy to maintain. However, they are nocturnal in nature. To see the leopard gecko at its most active owners will need to be up at night or early in the morning.
Also known as “beardies”, these animals have individual personalities. They tend to love interaction as long as they have been appropriately socialised. Their size is between that of geckos and iguanas. Bearded dragons need to eat a mixture of bugs and vegetables to survive. They are also active during the day.
Chameleons are popular due to their famed ability to change colour. They are certainly one of the most unique reptiles available on the market. The chameleon is perfect for people who do not want to handle their pet. Despite their pros, they need a very precise environment to survive. It is best to get advice about enclosures from a reptile expert.
These freshwater turtles are omnivorous and like to eat their food in submerged environments. They are one of the best turtles to get. Owners should be aware that their age will affect their dietary requirements. Young ones will need to be fed nutrients daily. Once they get older, the red-eared slider only needs to eat every two to three days.
African Sulcata Tortoise
If the size is important to owners, then this creature will appeal to them. They are the world’s largest tortoise species and are known to outlive their owners. The African spurred tortoise is a herbivore and needs to be kept outside.
Eastern Box Turtles
The Eastern box turtle can adapt well to a variety of environments. They have a similar lifespan to the red-eared slider but without the aquatic requirements. They need to eat a mixture of insects and vegetation.
The green anole has a fast metabolism, that means they need to be fed more often than most reptiles. It is not recommended that they are handled as they are known to escape easily. Small in size but surprisingly active, the green anole is ideal for owners who want to look but not touch. Their diet consists of live insects which they like to catch.