Reptiles are members of the Reptilia order. They are vertebrates that are coldblooded, have scales, and lay

A dominated frilled lizard, raised in captivity
Scientific Background
Type Cold Blooded
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Groups Squamata, Lacertilia, Serpentes, Chelonia,Sphenodontia, Crocodilia
Description Cold blooded Tetrapods, that lay eggs, are covered in scales or scutes, and do not produce aquatic offspring.
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eggs. There are many things to consider before committing to a reptile as a pet. Most importantly, some of the most common reptiles you will see in a pet store (or worse, as prizes at the fair!) are the somes that are the most difficult to care for properly. Before getting into specific care issues, though, I'd like to discuss more general issues that should be considered before deciding on a pet reptile. The first step in deciding on whether a reptile is the right pet for you is finding out whether you can even have one where you live.

Salmonella Risks and Prevention Edit

All reptile owners need to be informed about Salmonella infections. The risks shouldn't keep most people from keeping reptiles since with the proper management and hygiene the risks are minimal. Still, owners should be aware of the risks, and the US Centers for Disease Control recommends that certain risk groups should be careful about contact with reptiles and amphibians.

The Importance of Light and Heat Edit

Many problems with keeping reptiles can be traced back to not providing the proper environmental conditions, particuarly heat. Proper lighting is also important for many reptiles. The equipment to provide the proper heat and light to captive reptiles is often quite expensive, but is absolutely essential to keeping pet reptiles healthy. It is important to find out exactly what conditions your reptile needs and never cut corners when it comes to meeting those conditions!

Pick a Healthy ReptileEdit

It is important to keep in mind that depending on where you get a reptile, it may be very stressed, dehydrated, and prone to illness. Here are some items to look for when buying your reptile to increase the chances of picking out a healthy pet reptile.

List of Pet ReptilesEdit

Lizards Edit

Main article: Lizards


Bearded DragonsEdit


Leopard Gecko Breeds

Exotic GeckosEdit

M​onitor Lizards Edit

Chameleon Edit


Anoles Edit

Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)

Cuban False Chameleon (Chamaeleolis barbatus)

Cuban Knight Anole (Anolis equestris)

Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

Aquatic Turtles Edit



A Turtle with a Gharial