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Safety Tips When Handling Reptile Pets

The typical household is likely to keep the usual puppy or feline as a house pet. While others stick with domesticated animals, others like to go a notch higher by keeping reptiles as their favorite household friends. When you decide to get a lizard, a snake, or a turtle, there are important handling tricks you need to know. When you master them, it is likely to end up as interesting as if you were pampering your furry friend.

Take your time

The real essence of learning how to handle reptile pets is ultimately for your safety and theirs too. After you bring it home, it’s advisable that you allow the lizard or iguana to acclimatize to the new environment -this can take hours or day(s). Try to remember, you only need to show your pet love by cleaning its home and providing food and water.

Discover new ways

You need to know the right way to handle a reptile to avoid injury or aggressive behavior. With time, these reptiles’ get used to your touch, and will eventually relax anytime you handle them. If you have kids, it is best you teach them how to appropriately handle a reptile. Also, you can ask special pet experts for advice, or you can follow a popular reptile show on different channels.

Don’t use force

You should take things slow when handling a reptile to avoid causing it harm or stress. You need to be alert and observant if you want to identify the cause for their behavior. Never force the reptile to do something they already feel distressed about. If you handle it with brute force or in an aggressive manner, it could end up badly for you or the pet.

Be confident

If you have a reptile pet with an enormous body size, you need to know how to go about the handling process. When you do, avoid sudden jerking movements. When you are confident, it makes the reptile feel safe. It’s important to keep the animal away from sources of stress including loud noise, excess heat or uncomfortable living conditions.

Be cautious

When it comes to petting, you need to do it along the scales and not against them. Some are delicate, and you could end up injuring them. If you are using your bare hands, avoid playing with your fingers in front of the reptile; some may mistake your fingers for prey. To ensure you are safe, provide support underneath and avoid holding it in strange angles.