Why Herps Make Great Pets

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 8th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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What is a Herp? The word Herptile, or Herp, generally refers to any reptile or amphibian. For many people these are scary animals, but for others they are the perfect pet.

What do you do with Pet Herps?

I have a pet Red Eyed Tree Frog and an Anole. Many people ask me "What do you do with those animals as pets?" My step daughter has a pet Reeve's Turtle. Indeed for people who are familiar with cats and dogs, a pet that lives in an enclosed vivarium might be confusing. People often wonder what kind of enjoyment I get out of keeping these animals, or what kind of enjoyment somebody else might get out of keeping a snake.

For the most part herps are not the kinds of pets you "do" things with, which is a bit puzzling to some people. Herps often do not even provide the same entertainment value as fish, and many do not offer any signs of recognition of their owners or appreciation for being fed.

Advantages of Herps as Pets

Reptiles and amphibians make great pets for people who want a fairly simple pet, that does not require constant attention. It is pretty hard to come home and relax when your dog is greeting you at the door needing to go for a walk, but a pet snake might not even care if you are home or gone.

Not everyone has the time for a cat or dog, it is unfair for those animals to be home alone for long periods of time and many suffer from being left alone when this happens. For busy people a reptile or amphibian can be a better pet.

Some people have allergies to cats and dogs, they may want a pet but their allergies prevent them from owning a furry or feathered pet. While there are hairless pets not everyone finds them attractive, and they can be costly and hard to find. As such a pet reptile or amphibian can be a great pet, some are more interactive with their human owners than others, so a person can select accordingly.

There is also a landlord issue sometimes where people who rent their home are not allowed to have a pet that could potentially damage the property like cats and dogs can sometimes do if neglected. For people who still want a companion animal a reptile or amphibian is a good consideration.

Kids who are told they can have a pet but only if they keep it in their room might also select an amphibian or reptile for their pet, particularly since some other pets are nocturnal and can be noisy at night when the kids are trying to sleep. Confining a cat or dog to a child's bed room is a lot more difficult than confining a tree frog to the same room.

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Common Reptile or Amphibian Pets

Some of the most popular herptile pets are Anoles, Bearded Dragons, Snakes, Tree Frogs, and Salamanders. Turtles are also common as pets.

It is important to note that in most areas it is illegal to catch wild native species and keep them as pets.

To find the herps available in your area pick up a magazine and contact breeders. Your local animal shelter may have some for adoption. Pet stores many also carry herps but are generally not a good place to get pets due to questionable ways the pets are acquired in some areas.

What you Need to Know before You get Herps as Pets

Some of these pets can spread salmonella so owners should wash their hands after handling the pet. Some herps absorb things through their skin so hands should also be washed, and rinsed, well before handling them too!

Each pet reptile or amphibian will have specific needs when it comes to lighting, heating, and humidity, these needs must be met with care.

Each species has a different dietary requirement which is important to follow carefully.

Some reptiles grow very large, if a person cannot accommodate a full grown animal properly they should not even consider getting one as a pet. For example a mature iguana may need the space of a large bathroom. Injuries occur as well as stress induced health problems develop, if a pet is not given enough space.

Before getting any pet do more research on the species you are interested in, can you provide care? Can you feed it? Will it outgrow your space? What is its lifespan? Is it toxic? Please do not get these, or any pet, as a whim!


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar johnnydod
8th Oct 2011 (#)

I have to admit Mark I am a little
squeamish when it comes to snakes, lizards and frogs are fine, but I go all funny with snakes.great article.

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author avatar Vernazoa
8th Oct 2011 (#)

I killed a diamond back rattler before he killed me. I think lizards are neat. My sister is a frog fan. This is a wonderful presentation of reptiles. I had never heard of Herps.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
8th Oct 2011 (#)

Very good advise for a different kind of pet. I like what you said about the consideration of the pets final adult size. So many just turn their 'over-sized' pets loose when they get to large or become 'unwanted' anymore...

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author avatar Buzz
8th Oct 2011 (#)

Great article on herps as pet, Mark.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
8th Oct 2011 (#)

Loved this. I have a frog who has lived in my garden, in the pots of geraniums etc. for years. He's growing and growing - and he's a big boy now. He jumps out at me from time to time, scaring the life out of me! Love him! He's called 'Mr Frog' (!!!!!)

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author avatar Carol
9th Oct 2011 (#)

Another very interesting and unusual write . Thanks Mark, and congrats on the star page.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
9th Oct 2011 (#)

Very informative, but not a pet for me, thanks Mark...

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author avatar juny
10th Oct 2011 (#)

Still I need to think twice then :)

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author avatar Vernazoa
19th Oct 2011 (#)

Mark this site did not allow me to post my poetry last nite despite the two tries on them..

I like your writing the herps. I thought your were writing about herpes at first. LOL.

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author avatar LOVERME
19th Oct 2011 (#)

Tried my best
even Johnny couldn't help


You, Lady Carol

You bring tears to my eyes
the first commentator above
I am someone I am really not
She got me knocked off
From Triond and Wikinut
I just can't say why
an illusory mind....
Perhaps, sadly

she will still say again,
I am her ex or lover etc

what have I done on earth t
To earn her wrath
Except for poetry,
I see no commonality
.may she prevail upon her own,
as I am a Peoples poet

Love is my forte...
Love as in friendship
And not as they
Small minded folks think.
I am indeed indebted to you,
To have shed so much light
I do hope your voice is carried far and wide,
So that the Wikis and Trionds and others too
Can see jealousy can have only one friend.

Glad you wrote back
They had banned me and hope
You will reproduce this message,
In your columns
For those who love m,
As much as I do you all

I am an anonymous poet,
Only Anon me,
Is Loverme

Thanks all


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author avatar Bets
20th Oct 2011 (#)

I see you highlighted key words Mark. I shall go back to my pages and do the same. Thank you for your example. Thus I will have tags too, lol. This is a wonderful article written carefully by you. I was enthralled with the word, "herps" then realized the term of it. I agree with your philosophy about owning certain kinds of pets. Great article reading.

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author avatar Songbird B
8th Nov 2011 (#)

What an interesting Star page, Mark! What great images too... Sound, informative advice on ownership. A fascinating read..

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author avatar Brandi Alexandria
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Nice article. I am a Bearded Dragon slave. He is a great companion that loves being handled.

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