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Advanced Pets: Reptiles

Updated on October 17, 2017
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Owning an advanced reptile can be expensive and they have certain requirements to meet their need to live. Most reptiles are awesome to own as a pet. You can get salmonella though by eating their poop. Always wash your hands after cleaning the tank to prevent the germs and bacteria from spreading, causing you to get sick. I'm going to list the most common reptiles to own that I believe are more advanced to take care off. I'll list the pros and cons as well, but not all of them. Please do your research before owning a reptile to make sure you can afford to have one.



Chameleons are colorful and beautiful animals. They require a special setup, because they have to have high humidity. They eat a variety of insects that take up 80% of their diet. Fruit that is prepared the right way can be fed as well. Some fruit can be toxic, so please do your research.


- They can be held with supervision at all times.

- They require a vertical set up, so less space is needed.

- They can eat fruit that you have in your fridge.

- They are entertaining and beautiful.


- They do eat insects. This can be a good thing or a bad thing for you.

- They require high humidity which can be hard to maintain.

- Their setup at first, can be expensive.

- They can be expensive to adopt or purchase.



A tortoise can be a great pet to have if you want a pet to be around for a long time. This is the type of animal you would want to pass on to your children for your children to take care of. They are adorable when they are little, but can be a pain when they get older. Some of them can get very big and may require a yard to live in. There are different species of the tortoise family and each one has specific needs. Please do your research before you decide to own one.


- They can live a long time and may live longer than you. If you have children, they may want to take care of one if you pass on.

- They eat a variety of vegetables and fruit that can be found in your fridge.

- They will be your best friend for life.

- Some species are small enough to keep in your house.


- Some species are large and may need a back yard to live in. This can be a good thing or a bad thing for you.

- They can get very heavy depending on the species you decide to own or already have.

- They do have special requirements that you need to meet, which can be expensive.


Tokay Gecko

A tokay gecko is a very beautiful animal. They are solitary animals and can not be housed with another gecko or another animal. They have certain requirements, but along with those requirements, is a temper to deal with. They are very feisty geckos and can and will bite. It is preferred that you find one that has been hand raised since it was a baby or there is no way that you would be able to handle one. Their bites do hurt, but they can be magnificent geckos to own and very entertaining.


- Cheap set up

- Can be trained to be held.

- Cheap to feed.

- Entertaining and beautiful


- They can bite and it hurts!

- They eat insects. This can be a good thing or a bad thing for you.

- They are very fast and can be hard to catch.

Which of these reptiles are you thinking about owning or already own?

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    • bbanks27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brittany Banks 

      12 months ago from Spokane, Washington

      We had one as well, but we were young and didn't know that much about reptiles yet.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I had a chameleon once, when I was a kid. That's been about it for me and reptiles. Great primer for anyone considering it.


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