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Reptiles and Amphibians as Pets

Reptiles and amphibians can make unique pets and although caring for them will take some time, it won’t take much of your time compared with that of a warm-blooded animal. Reptiles and amphibians have few emotional demands on their part, they do however have exacting physical needs. Because their movements are usually restricted to a vivarium, aquarium or cage they can’t go and get what they need in terms of the right food, correct temperature, clean drinking or bathing water they are dependent on you. The type of creature you select will determine how much of a ‘ pet’ you have. The classic, "I like you, stroke me" definition of a pet may not apply to your reptile or amphibian. Some people report that their iguanas drop off their resting place and speed up to them when they first see them in the morning and seem to enjoy being stroked and tickled. Anyone who owned a tortoise for years will tell you that their tortoise is definitely a pet. Even a tortoise may develop an attachment to its owner and ask to be petted! On the other hand, a South American tree-frog, although brightly coloured and beautiful, isn’t going to hop over to be held. If you’re the type of person who appreciates things that are a bit out of the ordinary, or someone who has always admired lizards, or if you simply have a curiosity for the unusual. The entries on this web site will, we hope, give you all the information you need. Well, almost all things related to reptiles and amphibians.

Reptiles and amphibians are alike in some ways and different in some ways. Reptiles and amphibians are both Vertebrates They share their grouping with fishes, birds, and mammals. They are cold blooded, scientifically termed ectothermic, which means they depend on an ambient temperatures for their own body temperature or relating to an organism that regulates its body temperature largely by exchanging heat with its surroundings. They do, however, have some very significant differences in that reptilian skin is dry and has scales, while amphibians have moist skin laden with mucous glands. Reptiles lay dry shelled eggs on land or retain the eggs in their bodies until they hatch. Amphibians lay jelly like eggs in water or in very damp places. Some high-altitude amphibians do retain their eggs inside until they hatch. Newly hatched reptiles are miniatures of their adult parents. Amphibians, with very few exceptions, go through metamorphosis after hatching in water and breathing by removing oxygen from water through gills when they’re young and then developing lungs and becoming land-dwelling adults. Reptiles can defend themselves with claws and they can bite. Some snakes and lizards have a little extra - venom. Amphibians have toxic skin secretions, which are used in defence, and they can bite.

All reptiles and amphibians are assigned a scientific name. This is a two-part Latin name that assigns the animal to a particular genus and species. This is part of the hierarchy that we assign to all living things in order to better understand how they relate to each other. It is best to use the Latin name when doing any formal research.

How can you tell which you want to buy? Reptile or amphibian?

Getting started with reptiles or amphibians isn’t just deciding that you want a hingeback tortoise. Where on earth will you find one? Does anyone breed these things in captivity? Finding and buying the right reptile or amphibian involves more than simply walking into your local pet store. You need to figure out what kind of reptiles or amphibians suits your lifestyle.

Some reptiles or amphibians can take more time than other reptiles or amphibians, and it’s always best if you know what you’re getting into before you find yourself looking under logs for grubs to feed your dart frogs at midnight in midwinter. You may be happier with a reptile or amphibian that will cheerfully eat a raw vegetable. Spend some time with looking at this and other websites, visit your local library That will cover what lifestyle factors for you and your reptiles or amphibians. You do need to consider to find the right reptile or amphibian for you.



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