When one hears about reptiles as pets, mixed responses can be heard, ranging from “Weird” to “Cool”. Reptiles are the longest living beings on Earth, that still constitute a part of this world. From the time of dinosaurs to the present time of technology, reptiles have been common, but domesticating these pets is not so common. Reptiles constitute a large variety of animals, ranging from a house lizard to a venomous snake. But domesticating a snake would be a deed of the daring people. Reptiles are often ignored after or before domesticating. They have evolved from the past infinite time and have mended their body to adjust in the present situations, in addition to which, they have become safe and ideal for domestication purposes. But are you ready to take this responsibility?
- The Bright Side of Reptile Pets
Reptiles are great pets to have, granted you are daring enough to get them trained. Reptiles actually aren’t just show piece pets, but are useful in various manners. Reptiles may seem simple or dreadful, but they are equipped with numerous qualities, including recognising their pals through their smell, voice, and their sight, or even can sense the presence of someone through the heat waves being generated by that individual. Reptiles have been evolved from the generations and have adapted through the varying changes in the climate and nature. They are so perfect in their body working that they presently also have the capability to survive in these extreme climatic conditions without suffering much loss. And the most important of all, domesticating a pet teaches you everything about getting a pet, being responsible for it etc. that is you start at the base root level and reach to the most extreme and bizarre level of having a reptile as a pet. You become responsible. And also, if you don’t welcome guests in your house, they usually would never cross the periphery of your house once you pet a snake or something like that.
- The Dark Side of Reptile Pets
Having a pet reptile has its perks and privileges, alongwith some negative effects. The perks have already been mentioned, and now is the time of the negative points, that are negative for pets as well as their owners. The most important of this is these reptiles are not much expensive. You can get them at really low rates, which might seem to be a profit, but believe me, it is not a benefit at some point, as the care and other such things for a pet cost a lot more than buying this pet. Their day care, their diet and everything like that asks for much more costs. Like buying a turtle would really be inexpensive, but if it gets sick, it would cost you ten fold than the price of the reptile itself for a single visit to the vet. Also, for a reptile pet, especially the venomous ones, you would have to take special precautions, like they get fully acquired by your features that they don’t bite you or anyone from the family. There would be a need to keep them in special customised boxes for your and your friends’ and relatives’ safety.
- Non Human Behaviour
Sometimes, we on our part show some indecent behaviour against our pets, especially reptiles. We are not just ready to take them to a vet and pay their fees. Moreover, if they don’t fit right into the nature of the house, they are not given time to adjust, but are prone to end up in shelter homes or so. They are not much expensive, so if they get sick at some point, the most commo dialogue heard is, “Lets get a new one instead of treating the older one”, which seems to be really non human on our part. If we have the ability to get our pet fine, it is our responsibility to follow the requisite steps, unless you would be responsible for killing an innocent reptile or animal.
- So, Are you Ready?
It might seem to be a weird question, but do ask yourself if you are ready to bear such a huge responsibility right on your shoulder out of nothing. Remember to keep it as a responsibility, and not as a burden. The moment domesticating a reptile starts feeling a burden, get some motivation, or you would end up giving the reptile euthanasia, or giving that pet away to someone. So, better ask yourself, get your family agreeing on getting a reptile, and then follow the further steps. The steps don’t end up here. After this, you need to get all the information you would require about your pet, like their vaccinations, what if they bite etc. After doing proper homework, you are ready to get a reptile for yourself. A big problem that is commonly faced by many people who are going to get a pet is they don’t have someone to discuss with, that what should they do? Their family is not much supportive. In that case, they can go consult a specialist or a veterinarian for referring them and filling them up with some positive energy. In the present condition, some pets have adapted in such a manner that they need human company to develop and survive, or the life of their cycle would just end up there. So, reptiles have become a decent thing to pet, granted you are willing to do so!