Keeping Reptiles Newsletter
  Issue 9 Vol 7 October 2011
5 Reasons Geckos Make Great Pets In this Issue

Because they are small and their appearances give off a lot of personality, geckos are popular pets for reptile lovers. If someone is new to reptile pet ownership, geckos are a great place to begin. Considering gecko pet ownership for yourself or someone you know? Check out these five reasons geckos make great pets:

Ranging from 1.6 to 36 cm, geckos are the most popular of the pet lizards, because they are small but easy to handle. The space they require is small, so this is a good pet option for reptile lovers who live in small spaces, but still want a pet to care for and love.

Geckos are low-maintenance, so they are an ideal pet for beginner owners who are just starting to learn about pet care. They still require good care, but they do not need lots of equipment or cost a lot of money to maintain.

Geckos are unique reptiles and have some cool characteristics, including no eyelids, specialized toe pads that allow them to climb vertical surfaces or ceilings, and a tongue used to lick clean the transparent membranes they have in place of eyelids. Just sitting and watching a gecko move about is quite entertaining.

These small reptiles make fun sounds. Their unique vocalizations are characterized by chirping sounds when interacting with other geckos. This is a good reason to get two geckos—to listen to them communicate with each other!

Geckos come in many patterns and colors. You can likely find a gecko in your favorite color, because they come in pink, blue, purple, black and even non-traditional color morphs, as well as wild designs like stripes, spots and jungle patterns. Geckos are known as the most colorful reptiles in the world.


Whether you want a quirky little reptile companion to keep you company, or think a gecko would make a great gift for someone in your life, it is important to learn as much as you can about caring for geckos and providing an ideal environment for them in their new home. The more comfortable geckos feel, the more likely they will be healthy and happy and live a long life

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Unleash Your Inner Architect: Building a Snake Cage

Much like any pet you bring into your home, a pet snake will need its very own separate living space, properly outfitted to keep the animal happy and healthy year after year. While novice reptile parents and those just learning about herpetology will be happiest with a store-bought cage, available at any large, well-stocked pet store, those with numerous snakes already living in the home know that the expense of the cage can be prohibitive, and the largest one associated with owning a pet snake. One solution is to construct a snake cage from scratch, a very manageable undertaking, if you keep a few pointers in mind.

1) Draw Out Your Plan

An architect or engineer wouldn’t begin working on a structure without first detailing the plans in black and white. Similarly, constructing a home for your snake requires some advance planning. Deciding you’ll make choices along the way or changing your plans on the fly is a recipe for disaster, as you’ll end up with a product that doesn’t suit your needs, and will shell out the money for a store-bought cage in the end, anyway. If you’re not certain what needs to go into the plan, or feel overwhelmed by the task, there are many usable plans available online that will provide a wonderful starting point.

2) Decide Upon Your Materials Carefully

There’s no use in building your snake a home that doesn’t stand the test of time, or worse yet, can cause discomfort or adverse health effects to the animal. Snakes are very sensitive to temperature and moisture, so you’ll need to choose materials that allow you to regulate the snake’s environment and don’t interfere with that process. Melamine and waterproof plywood are among the best choices, as they absorb excess moisture and keep in heat. Smaller snakes can be kept easily kept in a glass aquarium.

3) Consider Your Snake’s Needs

Not every snake will thrive in the exact same environment, so you need to consider the basics about your snake before you begin construction on its new home. How large is your snake currently? How large will the snake eventually grow to be? While there’s nothing that says your snake needs to live in the same environment his entire life, once he becomes an adult, it’s ideal that he has a permanent place to call home. Just like humans, snakes feel safe and comfortable if they’re in a familiar environment, one that’s customized to fit their individual needs. Do the research and find out everything you need to know about size, temperature, humidity, light, sound, feeding, and additional elements before you begin construction.

4) Don’t Forget Under The Cage

Because snakes are very sensitive to temperature, you need to go the extra mile to make certain the inside of his cage is warm and happy all year round, and that you’re able to monitor the level of humidity in the cage. If you’re a reptile parent, you likely already know a good deal about this subject. However, don’t cut corners when it comes to under-the-cage heating devices. The cage should be kept warm through the use of heating pads or overhead lighting, or even both. Heat pads should be designed to heat approximately one-third of the cage’s area. Skimping on quality when choosing a heating device could lead to problems, including hot spots that may burn the snake, or even starting a fire. The under-the-cage heating devices are $25-35 at your local pet store or you can build one yourself using Flexwatt. A thermostat to control your heatpad is also an important and worthwhile investment.

Other Considerations

You also need to consider ventilation. How much do you need and what is the best way to do it? Do you want sliding glass front doors or hinged Plexiglas? What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of these? What decorations do you want to put in the cage? What sort of hide and other cage furniture are you going to need.

Building your own snake cage can be a fun and satisfying project, once you’ve made some choices about construction and have everything you need to monitor your snake’s environment. The important thing is to be flexible, and to always put your snake’s well-being first. If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to make adjustments, or to go back to the drawing board. And if you really get stuck, you can buy How to Build Enclosures for Reptiles


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