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Reptiles/Amphibians As Starter Pets

Reptiles/Amphibians As Starter Pets

Taking on a new family pet is always exciting is also a big commitment. A new addition to your household is a lot of fun, but always ensure that you're in it for the long haul and not just caught up in the moment. A reptile can be an attractive possibility as a first pet. They don't take up a lot of space, and they are fun, cool to look at, some also don't require too much in the way of a lot of maintenance. If you're considering getting a reptile as your child's first pet, there are a few things to think about:


Pets Can Be Great For Kids

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Pets can teach kids about empathy and caring for another creature. As kids learn to care for, and love their new pet, they will learn about what makes their pet happy and what could make the pet unhappy. Teaching these skills to your children is very important, and having something that your child can see affected by the decisions they make helps them to realize the effects these changes can have on a living being.



Taking care of something, especially a pet can teach your child a level of responsibility that they wouldn't be able to gain from anything else. However, you will need to ensure that your child learns how to care for the new addition to the household properly.



Giving your kid a "job" can help them to feel more confident about taking on tasks in their general life and help them to learn confidence, then go on to apply that same confidence to other areas of their life. Letting them know when they have done an excellent job or when there are areas that they need to improve on can teach them essential life skills.



Kids have an awful lot to say, having a non-judgemental companion to keep them company and that they can talk to will be valuable for your child. A reptile will patiently listen to your child, no matter how many times they might hear the same story!



Whatever kind of pet you decide to take on, you must do as much research as you possibly can. What your pet will eat, what type of equipment they need, what their general behavior is like, and what their habits are. You will also need to find out what kind of things could go wrong so you can be prepared. There isn't such a thing as doing too much research, and the better prepared you are, the more rewarding the experience will be for yourself, your family, and also for your new pet.



The Five Best Starter Reptiles/Amphibians


There are plenty of different options available to choose from when it comes to choosing a new pet for your family, some that would be more suitable than others for a younger person. Suitability is usually down to the level of care that they require but also comes down to how docile the pet can be, how easy they are to manage, and how engaging they can be. Although every pet, no matter how easy they are to take care of, always require supervision by an adult to ensure that the animal is properly cared for.


Bearded Dragon

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Bearded dragons have exploded in popularity in recent years. For a good reason, they are friendly, docile, and adaptable. As long as they are treated kindly and with care, they are pretty easy-going to the point where they will even allow themselves to be dressed up for Halloween!


Bearded dragons do have specific care needs when it comes to heat and lighting and will need supervision and assistance to ensure that their needs are met. They are omnivores, so they require both live bugs and vegetation as parts of their diet. This may be difficult for a child to maintain, so they will need assistance.


Leopard Gecko

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Leos are very passive reptiles, easy-going, and easy to handle. They are also hardy reptiles, which makes them an ideal starter pet for small children; they also make entertaining pets due to the noises that they emit. As long as you ensure that their primary care needs are met and that the child understands they must be gentle with them, they are generally very accepting of different levels of handling. Leopard geckos should never be grabbed by their tail, as they can drop their tails, and it is stressful for them to have to grow them back.

Being insectivorous reptiles Leopard Geckos will need to be fed live feeders such as dubia roaches, superworms, butterworms, waxworms as well as crickets and mealworms. This is also a fun way for any child to learn about bugs and the various nutritional elements that make them up.


Crested Gecko

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The crested gecko has a unique appearance, which can be fun to look at, especially for kids. They come in a range of colors and patterns, and all have individual personalities. Generally, they are pretty easy to take care of, but they do have more specific needs than when compared to the leopard gecko, such as needing certain humidity levels maintained, misting your crested gecko can become a fun part of the routine of looking after their new family pet as well as helping to read and monitor the temperature and humidity levels that are needed to ensure your crested stays healthy.

The diet of the crested gecko is similar to the leopard gecko in that they are primarily insectivorous, but they can also have certain fruits and need to eat around two to three times per week.


Corn Snakes

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The corn snake is one of the most popular pet snakes on the market, due to their relatively easy care level when compared to other kinds of snake. Small in size (they grow up to about 5.5 feet long) and usually pretty skinny, they remain easy to handle for their whole lives, have simple needs, and are pretty hardy in general. Having been bred in captivity for so long, this has resulted in some interesting variations when it comes to patterns and colors, which makes them fun to s

As long as your terrarium is sealed and escape-proof, there is little chance that you would have to deal with an escapee, which is something a lot of people are concerned about when it comes to keeping a snake.

Snakes do not need to eat very often, corn snakes need feeding once every five to seven days, and you will need to feed your corn snake small rodents such as mice or rats, but they do not necessarily have to be live prey. Some would actually advise you not to use live prey to reduce the chance that the animals scratch or harm your pet when they are trying to eat.


Whites Tree Frog

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Whites Tree Frogs, also known as Dumpy Tree Frogs, are a unique species of frogs due to their seemingly unafraid attitude when it comes to humans. Their almost comical pudgy appearance and bulbous eyes make them entertaining to observe and study. They are reluctant even to jump, making them an easy animal to handle, and they don't seem to mind our presence, unlike other amphibians who can be wary of humans.

Dumpy frogs are insectivorous, so require a diet of live feeder insects such as dubia roaches, superworms, earthworms, waxworms, crickets, and mealworms. They only need to be fed two to three times per week, and you need to take care to not overfeed them, as obesity is a common issue when it comes to whites tree frogs.


This list doesn't contain every single reptile or amphibian that makes an ideal starter pet, and there are more that could be a perfect fit for you. The main thing to remember is always to do your research, figure out what you have room for, have time for, and what fits into your schedule and needs as a family when making your selection for what pet you think will be the best starter pet for you.

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