Educate yourself with All Creatures Healthcare for Reptile Awareness Day
October 21, 2020
October 21st each year is Reptile Awareness Day, a day to celebrate these wonderful creatures, and a day to promote responsible ownership, education, conservation, and appreciation. At All Creatures Healthcare we believe the love shouldn’t just be for one day – being educated about the pets you keep is a longer-term commitment to ensure you’re giving them the best life you can, which is so important.
If you have a reptile as a pet why not post a photo of them on our Facebook page – horsfordvets – and help us raise awareness throughout this month? #ReptileAwareness
And don’t forget, Louise and our veterinary team love discussing exotic pets so if you have any questions about their health,
Call us on 01603 89 89 84
Here are some quick reptile facts for you from the All Creatures’ team:
What is a reptile?
A reptile is any amniote that is neither mammal nor bird. They’re cold-blooded, can lay eggs on land, and are covered in scales or scutes (thick plates of bones or horns on reptiles such as turtles and crocodiles). There are more than 10,000 reptile species.
Which reptiles are typically kept as pets in the UK?
- Bearded dragon
- Crested gecko
- Leopard gecko
- Corn snake
- Royal or ball python
- Hermann’s tortoise
Is it wise to keep reptiles as pets?
Reptiles are fascinating creatures and some make great pets, but it’s important to remember these are wild animals that have wild animal instincts and needs. Many pet reptiles in the UK suffer due to:
- Lack of space
- Harmful temperature ranges – key this month as temperatures drop
- Unsuitable lighting
- Poor diet
- Stress from being handled
Keeping a reptile as a pet will require you to get fully educated about what your pet will need from you and it’s environment, including secure and safe housing, lighting, heat, diet, and expert reptile healthcare. Remember, some reptiles’ ‘wild instincts’ will include catching prey, which could see other family pets on the menu if they were to escape so secure housing should be high on your list!