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Making Friends With A Reptile

April 1, 2022

Have you ever wondered if reptiles have feelings? It’s probably safe to say that these guys aren’t as emotional as other animals, such as dogs, cats, and birds but there’s really no way to say for sure. That said, reptiles actually can and do get quite attached to their humans. Forming a bond with a reptile may take time and patience, but it’s definitely not impossible. A vet discusses befriending reptiles below.


Watch Body Language 

It’s important for you to learn to read your reptilian buddy! Study your reptile’s body language, and pay attention to how he acts around you. If your pet is hissing, withdrawing, or acting as though it’s scared or going to strike, just leave it be. 


Baths

Baths are both necessary and enjoyable for many reptiles. This is a great time to bond with your pet! Talk to your tiny dinosaur while he’s soaking.


Settling In

Don’t try to handle your reptile immediately. Let your new pet adjust to his surroundings. Just talk to him, and perhaps hold your hand out for him to investigate. (Note: this isn’t recommended with larger reptiles, as they may bite.)


Familiarity

Lizards can actually be quite affectionate. Many of them enjoy cuddling or sitting on their humans, and some are even lap lizards! However, some of these miniature dinosaurs are only comfortable being handled or petted by their owners. Don’t expect much from a strange reptile!


Food

Offering food and treats is a great way to win any pet’s trust. However, this can be tricky with reptiles. Many of them don’t eat every day. Trying to hold a live bug out may not be very appealing, either. Just let your reptilian pal get used to your smell and the sound of your voice. They’ll realize soon enough that you’re providing dinner.


Picking Up

Handling reptiles regularly can help keep them tame and friendly. Take care to pick your pet up properly! Never hold a reptile up the tail! Also, avoid scooping your pet up unexpectedly or when he’s eating or sleeping. Ask your vet for more information. 


Notes On Adopting Young

It’s much easier to tame a baby animal than an older one that has rarely been handled. Just keep in mind that some baby reptiles need a lot of care and attention, and may not be suitable pets for first-time reptile owners. You should do plenty of research before adopting any reptile, but this goes double for those who want to adopt juveniles.


Do you have questions about reptile care? Contact us, your veterinary clinic, today!

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