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It's important to consider food and nutrition when keeping a pet, but this is especially true when keeping reptiles as a pet. Reptiles require more specific housing than most other pets because they cannot regulate their body temperatures. There is also a difference in dietary requirements based on the species.

Food and Nutrition

The temperature of the environment affects the feeding behavior and digestion of reptiles. Reptiles have a lower metabolism than mammals and other "warm-blooded" animals, so they feed less frequently. In addition to humidity levels, light, food types, and proximity to other animals, reptiles' feeding behavior can also be affected by other factors. For turtles and some plant-eating lizards, the color of their food influences how readily they accept it, with red and yellow being their preferred colours. It is possible for reptiles to become accustomed to eating certain foods and refuse to eat anything else. By feeding young reptiles a variety of foods at each feeding, the problem may be lessened.

Supplements

There is a high incidence of vitamin and mineral deficiencies among reptiles kept as pets, especially turtles, tortoises, and lizards. Reptiles fed a nutrient-rich, whole prey diet are less likely to develop vitamin or mineral deficiencies, but all captive reptiles should receive a reptile-specific vitamin and mineral supplement. A balanced supplement containing calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D3 is essential to the health of your reptile. Your reptile may develop bone disease or hormonal disorders if they don't get the right balance of vitamins and minerals in their diet. It is less common for captive reptiles to suffer from deficiencies of other vitamins and minerals, which can be diagnosed and treated by your veterinarian.

First Aid

Many of the supplies one would expect to find in a reptile first aid kit are already in your home. Human first aid kits usually contain items like disinfectant, gauze, bandaids, and tweezers. In addition to this, you may want to include elastic wrap, tongue depressors, a magnifying glass, and something that can provide emergency heat. Any relevant medical information and emergency contact numbers should be stored in a container with all these supplies. Replace expired products and check over your kit at least once a year.

 

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At Dr Carl Pet Supplies, you can find some of the best brands of reptile supplies. All products we sell have been personally approved by our team of veterinary surgeons and animal health professionals who use them on their own pets.

You can shop with confidence knowing we have veterinarians and highly-trained customer service and vet nurse staff available to answer any questions you have about our products. Call 1800 372 275 or email [email protected] from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (AEST).

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