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The Benefits of Having a Pet Reptile

May 15, 2016

Are you looking for a pet that is fascinating to watch, and perhaps a bit exotic? A reptile may be a great choice for you! While owning a snake or lizard is definitely not for everyone, there are actually some great benefits to having a reptile for a pet. A Southwest Las Vegas, NV vet lists some of the major ones in this article.


Noise can be an issue with some of our furry friends, particularly dogs. With a reptile, you won’t need to worry about the neighbors complaining about the noise your pet makes when you’re away.


Many animal lovers are unable to have dogs or cats because of allergies. Because this typically isn’t an issue with reptiles, they are a great choice for people who are bothered by fur and dander.

No Smell

While dogs and cats can sometimes cause foul odors, this typically isn’t an issue with reptiles. As long as you keep your pet’s tank clean, you likely won’t have to deal with unpleasant smells.

Minimal Care

Just like any other pet, reptiles need a clean, comfortable habitat, proper food, and regular care to stay healthy. That said, many reptiles don’t need as much day-to-day care as other types of pets. Some snakes, for instance, may only need to be fed once a week, or even less. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.


One great thing about reptiles is that they won’t stain your carpet or leave fur on your couches. Your snake also isn’t going to tear up your couch cushions while you’re at work, or dig holes in your yard.

No Training Required

While reptiles should be handled gently and regularly so they stay friendly and tame, they don’t need to be potty-trained, or taught obedience commands.

Things to Consider

Although there are some great advantages to having a reptile for a pet, you’ll want to do some research and think very carefully before adopting one. Many reptiles get quite large, so make sure you can accommodate your pet when it’s fully grown. Another thing to consider is your pet’s food: reptiles can have some rather unappealing dietary needs, to say the least, so feeding them is not for the squeamish.

Do you have any concerns about caring for your reptile? We can help! Call us, your Southwest Las Vegas, NV animal hospital, anytime.

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