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22 Jul 2022

13 Tips To Better Reptile Handling

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If you're not sure which reptile is the right one for you, visit your local reptile store and ask staff for their advice, as well as your local reptile-friendly veterinarian. You might also look for local reptile clubs in your area via Google. Make sure you do your research and learn how to properly handle and socialize your reptile from the start to develop a beautiful future relationship.

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Make sure you can house a reptile. One of the biggest considerations in choosing a pet should be assessing whether you can even have that pet in your home. There may be restrictions due to the terms of your lease, the input of your housemates (especially if you still live at home), or the needs and requirements of the reptile you're thinking of adopting

 

If you're handling a reptile for the first time, or if you're looking to improve your reptile handling skills, here are 13 tips to help you out:

1. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling your reptile, to avoid transmitting bacteria or other pathogens.

2. Avoid handling your reptile if you have any cuts or open wounds on your hands.

3. Handle your reptile gently and carefully to avoid injuring it.

4. Keep an eye on your reptile at all times to make sure it isn't escaping.

5. Return your reptile to its enclosure immediately after handling it.

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6. Don't handle your reptile more than necessary, as this can stress it out.

7. Avoid handling your reptile if it is shedding its skin, as this can be a delicate process.

8. Don't handle your reptile if it is ill or injured, as this can further stress or injure it.

9. If you must handle your reptile, use gloves or another barrier to protect your hands.

10. Be aware of your reptile's body language, as this can give you clues as to whether it is feeling comfortable or not.

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11. Respect your reptile's personal space, and don't handle it if it doesn't want to be handled.

12. Never handle a wild reptile, as this can be dangerous for both you and the reptile.

13. If you're unsure about anything, ask a reptile expert for advice.

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