7 Best Pet Reptiles to Have and Keep as Pets

Posted by Samantha Bubar
Young boy with pet snake - Royal or Ball Python

Reptiles as pets are a great option for a multitude of reasons. 

For owners who are looking for something relatively easy to care for, unique, or hypo-allergenic, reptiles are a great choice. However, each animal has a particular and important set of reptile care requirements and it’s best to choose the requirements that work well for your lifestyle.

Here are seven of the best reptiles to keep as pets:

1. Water Dragon

Water dragons are full of personality and spunk! With easily attainable habitat requirements, you get to spend more time enjoying them than caring for them.

Many people want to own iguanas, without realizing the space they take up, or their aggressive nature. A water dragon is a perfect compromise because they are much smaller, and less aggressive, but have some similar physical qualities.

Chinese water dragon

2. Russian Tortoise

A Russian tortoise is a better choice than the popular red-eared slider, because of the different maintenance requirements, and ability to interact with a human. However, tortoises live for up to 50 years, which is a lengthy commitment.

Relatively small on the tortoise scale (maximum of 8-10 inches), these tortoises are very hardy, which makes them a great choice. They also don’t have the water requirements of other reptile pets, as they get almost all of their moisture from their food.

Russian tortoise (Agrionemys horsfieldii), also known as the Cen

3. Crested Gecko

The crestie is a very docile, entertaining reptile. The long crests on their body and eyes make them look like cartoons.

crested gecko

This gecko species is arboreal and require an enclosure that is taller than it is long, which makes it an easy pet for someone that might not have a lot of space for an enclosure.

Their dietary needs are easily available through insects and commercial foods, making them not only entertaining, but convenient as well.

4. Ball Python

For those who would like a leg-less companion, ball pythons are one of the most popular choices. Balls are a little shy and smaller in size, which appeals to many first-time snake owners.

Young boy with pet snake - Royal or Ball Python

They come in a variety of color variations, and range from three to five feet in length. Another factor is lifespan, they average around 25-30 years, which is a long time so make sure you are committed!

They do not have elaborate tank requirements, which makes them favorable to first-time owners. Ball pythons are often thought as the best pet snake!

5. Corn or Rat Snake

Smaller in size and very calm, both of these snakes make for great pets. They enjoy climbing branches so they need an enclosure that allows them some space to do so.

corn snake

Corn snakes spend the rest of their time hiding and burrowing. Because of their curiosity they are incredible escape artists and their tank needs to be secure.

6. Leopard Gecko

Hardy and docile, a leopard gecko makes a great pet. They are nocturnal however, so if your family is active early in the morning or at night, you’ll get to experience their peak activity.

Leopard gecko on rock

These spotted geckos are also quiet and easy to maintain, which makes them great additions to any family.

They have easily accessible heat and dietary requirements (they eat only insects!) that also contribute to the ease of ownership.

7. Bearded Dragon

Beardies have easy care requirements and when socialized properly, love interaction. They have great personalities individual to each one, and make great additions to the family.

Bearded Dragon Sitting on Wooden LogBigger than geckos, and smaller than an iguana, this lizard species is a wonderful size for pet lovers of all ages. Bearded dragons are omnivores and eat insects and vegetables. They are also diurnal, so they’re awake during the day, which makes a great pet for anyone who spends a lot of time at home.

Reptiles are awesome! Knowing the personality and requirements of each potential reptile will help ensure a perfect reptile fit for everyone. Make sure you do thorough research on each of these pet reptiles, as they need proper care and commitment!

Which one do you want? Tell us in the comments below!

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7 Best Pet Reptiles to Have and Keep as Pets