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Reptiles make great pets! #Reptile Care

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Believe it or not, reptiles make great pets, especially for apartment dwellers.  Dr. Anna Coffin has cared and loved a variety of reptiles over the last 20 years.  She will be sharing a series of four posts relating to reptile care.[Tweet “Believe it or not, reptiles make great pets, especially for apartment dwellers.”]

Have you always wanted a dog or cat, but don’t have the time or space?  Maybe you should consider a reptile for a pet?  There are a variety of reptile pets to choose from including lizards, frogs, turtles, tortoises, and snakes.  The most common reptile pets are turtles, snakes, and bearded dragons.  Some reptiles live very long lives, often out living their humans, so reptile care is a long-term commitment.

Over the last 20 years, Dr. Anna Coffin has lived, loved and cared for an iguana, a Red Tail Boa Constrictor, a Tropical Chicken snake, a Sulcata African Grassland Tortoise and a Ball Python.  reptile care

Meet Scooter, my Sulcata Tortoise.  I acquired him from a client.  She had purchased him as a baby for her son.  Her son was moving off to college, and he needed a new home.  Scooter has lived with me and my husband for about eight years.  He was about 10 pounds when we got him, and he is currently about 55 pounds.

Interesting turtle facts:

  • Water turtles live an average of 30-40 years while box turtles and tortoises live an average of 5-100 years.
  • They have thin flaps of skin covering internal ear bones. The skin flaps allow vibrations and low-frequency sounds in the ear canal
  • According to the American Pet Products Association, Turtles are the #1 reptile pet.

reptile careMeet Peter, my Ball Python.  He was relinquished to the local animal shelter.  They didn’t have the capacity to care for him, so I adopted him. 

Interesting snake facts:

  • Baby/juvenile snakes shed their skin more often than adults, as shedding is necessary to grow.
  • Snakes don’t eat often. They’ll typically consume a meal only once a week or once every two weeks, but some snakes can go longer between meals.
  • The longest snake in captivity was a reticulated python named Medusa. At more than 25 feet long, it takes 15 men to hold her at full length.

Another interesting reptile fact:  Reptiles pee and poop out of the same hole called a cloaca.  Their poop doesn’t smell much, but their pee (urates) is quite smelly!  reptile care

This post is sponsored by petMD Reptile Center, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network  Dr. Anna is being compensated for helping spread the word about Reptile Ownership, but Dr. Anna only shares information she feels is relevant to her readers. petMD and PetSmart are not responsible for the content of this article.

Dr. Anna Coffin wants to spread the word about a great new resource available for new and current reptile pet owners from petMD®.  It is called the Reptile Care Center.  For those of you not familiar with petMD, all their content is written or approved by veterinarians for accuracy.  To be a successful reptile pet owner it’s important to get things right from the start, and this means researching about reptile care.

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The Reptile Care Center contains articles, quizzes, slideshows, and infographics.  It is a brand new section to petMD, and new content will continue to be added.  There are so many things to consider when choosing a reptile.  This infographic from petMD will help.

Now is a great time to get a reptile, because PetSmart® is hosting mega reptile month!  Check out the online sales and get all your reptile needs from the comfort of your home.

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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and, therefore, treat every four-legged friend as part of the family.

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