My New Airtel Number: Caring for a dog, cat or other furry friend can be a lot of work.
Among other things they have to be fed, groomed(although cats self-groom), entertained, exercised and taken to the vet regularly and let’s not mention the constant cleaning involved.
So how, ’bout a Reptile?
For those who don’t have the time or budget to devote to a domesticated animal, getting a reptile may seem like a wise choice– but not all reptiles are cut from the same cloth.
In this edition, we are shining the “UV Light” on our top 5 high maintenance reptiles.
Who wouldn’t want a Chameleon as a pet?
They are cute as can be with big saucer like eyes that can move independently of each other, a long sticky tongue that can snatch prey faster than any bug zapper, five toes that are fused together in groups of two or three pointing in opposite directions which allows them to grip branches with is and the ability to change color in response to environment changes or shift in emotional.
Like ‘mood rings’ many chameleons have the ability to change colors, morphing into vivid combinations and varying shades of green, blue, red, purple, yellow, black, brown, orange, and pink– but not only are chameleons pretty, they’re also pretty cool.
They quietly go about their days, minding their own business….well, until it’s time to eat.
So it’s only natural to be charmed by the chameleon’s uniqueness and peaceful demeanor even if they require more care than the average pet reptile.
First of all your chameleon must be kept in a large and closer furnished with sturdy
Branches in a variety of diameters for climbing.
The space should be free of small particles and fragments such as sand, gravel pebbles, moss or wood shavings.
Since they have the ability to catch prey in the blink of an eye this will prevent your buddy from ingesting pieces accidentally picked up with their meal.
Also chameleon’s are very sensitive to heat and cold so they must be kept in an environment with a certain temperature range depending on their species.
To keep your buddy comfortable you will need a thermometer, basking lights and a water mister.
Chameleons also need exposure to natural u v a and u v b rays so be sure to place the enclosure near an open window to let a little sun sign in whenever you can.
A steady supply of varied insects will be necessary, as they are the staple of the chameleon’s diet.
Gut loaded delicacies like mealworms waxworms, wax moths, crickets and super worms provide ideal Naresh mint as well as small amounts of fruit veggies and leafy greens other than lettuce, cabbage and spinach.
Certain large chameleon mien also eat Pinkie mice.
To prevent vitamin deficiency generally sprinkle the food with powdered reptile supplements such as calcium with vitamin d3 or multivitamins.
Fun fact: chameleons stay hydrated by drinking water from droplets on leaves, So get a mister drip or spray bottle to quench your pal’s thirst.
4. Sulcata Tortoise
Typically reptile people around thought of a warm and Fuzzy type, but there are those who melt at the sight of an adorable little Sulcata Tortoise hatchling.
They don’t consider that they may end up with a pet that’s too big for their backyard, and no money or time to care for it and since they can leave more than 70 years, there’s a good chance their totals will outlive them.
A Sulcata’s housing needs will evolve as they grow.
A hatchling or young tortoise can be kept in an aquarium or storage bin equipped with substrate places for digging and hiding and an adequate water supply.
A day time temperature should be kept between 80 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit and 70 degrees.
Tortoise requires 12 to 14 hours of light including access to a UVB light source.
Eventually your torti will outgrow its original “digs” and will have to be moved outdoors.
The outside space should be surrounded by a strong fence or wall that is at least two feet high, and Sulcatas are the terriers of the Reptile world, the barrier should be entrenched about two feet into the ground to keep them from digging out.
You will need to be sure that the enclosure has ample side, shelter (a large doghouse or custom-built shed), and a heat lamp for when the temperature drops to 50 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
Sulcatas spend most of their days grazing, mainly on grasses and hay.
You can include an occasional treat of hibiscus flowers and leaves and grape or mulberry leaves.
Too much protein in their diet can lead to “pyramiding” of the shell.
Limit your torti to small amounts of fruit and veggies to prevent or control overgrowth.
Fun Fact: it is usually not a good idea to house male Sulcata Tortoise together.
They can become very territorial and try to flip each other.
A tortoise flipped on its sale cannot breathe properly and will suffocate if it isn’t turn over promptly.
3. Green iguana
With prehistoric good looks, a sturdy build, a simple, herbivorous diet and a sleep schedule that resembles ours, the green iguana may seem like the pet for you and it just may be long if you are not a rookie.
The first thing to consider is that all small iguanas become big iguanas.
Adults can grow to be between 50 and 72 inches long reaching full size at 7 years old, and weighing up to 20 Pounds.
To move comfortably your iguana will need a large terrarium or tank out fitted with UV bulbs, climbing areas and a bathing pool.
Most pet stores don’t carry enclosures large enough to house an iguana so you will probably need to have one custom made.
Iguanas are cold-blooded in more ways than one.
There usually are extremely difficult to train and unlike some other reptiles they are not affectionate and don’t like to be touched.
But if you get your bud as a wee lizard, you can try them more easily and get them to tolerate touch through early socialization.
They won’t like it but they will put up with it.
That’s said, iguanas are not suitable for younger children and older kids should only interact with an iguana when supervised by an adult.
Fun fact: anyone has powerful jaws, sharp teeth and a very strong tail.
If they sense danger or if someone tries to grab their tail they won’t hesitate to bite or use it as a whip.
Caimans are part of the alligator family and they live up to their family values in every way-except size.
With the exception of the male black caiman which grows to an average of 13 feet, they are smaller than alligators but are still difficult to keep as a pet.
Even the smallest caiman, Curvier’s dwarf, can grow to be five feet.
All caimans require spacious accommodations similar to their natural environment… In other words they are better off outside.
A large secure enclosure similar to those used by zoos should be provided.
It should have a sizable pool area and of course be located in a warm climate.
Inside enclosures should be equipped with an adequate heating source.
Although caimans eat a wide range of fish and meats, they don’t need to feed on live prey.
Regardless, the cost of heating and feeding a caiman can be quite expensive.
No Matter how big or Small a caiman is, it can be very dangerous to handle.
They don’t crave closeness to humans, and as members of the alligator family, they possess a fierce bite.
Fun Fact: because they are classified as dangerous, a permit is usually required to keep a pet caiman.
But caring for a large snake such as the rock, Burmese or reticulated python can be very expensive and also quite dangerous in inexperienced hands.
Sure a snake would look cool draped around your neck.
Like The other reptiles on our list the python must be kept in a spacious, temperature controlled enclosure supplied with appropriate lightning cleaning water for drinking and bathing, inedible substrate, plants and wood they can use to conceal themselves when not in the mood for company.
In the world a python’s diet consists of various protein sources including large rodents, small to medium mammals and even large lizards.
Juvenile pet pythons feed on small rates mice and other rodents that have been frozen and thawed, but as your snake gets larger its appetite will too.
Before long you will need to stock the freezer with more feeling fare, such as large rabbits.
Fortunately they will only need one big meal every four to six weeks.
So be sure to Mark your calendar because you won’t want to be in the same space with a hungry python that has its eyes on you…..
Although there have been accounts for python speak in humans, it is extremely rare.
The only python large enough to swallow a human hole in the reticulated python, which can reach lengths of up to 26 feet in captivity, and 30 feet or more in the wild.
However, all pythons use construction to kill prey and to defend themselves, so they are not good pets for newbie snake handlers and oldies should never be lax when interacting with them or securing enclosures.
Fun fact: wild pythons can live to be over 30 years old.