Give the glass a shine! A clean cage makes for a happy reptile.
Reptiles are vulnerable to getting bacterial infections of the skin and their digestive tract, so scrubbing their tank is a must! Certain cages need to be cleaned after a reptile even uses the “restroom,” because certain reptiles (ahem, we’re thinking about you, snakes) have a harmful bacteria in their feces. You’ve probably even heard of it. The bacteria is called Salmonella. Salmonella can also be harmful to humans, which is why you’ve probably heard of it on the news. So be careful with open cuts or sores when you are handling your scaly pet or its contaminated soil.
While each breed of reptile will have different needs, you should perform some acts daily in taking care of your reptile tank:
- Remove and clean spills, uneaten food and other waste materials.
- Look for any shed skin and remove it.
- Clean your reptile’s food and water bowls. On this note, always be sure to give your pet fresh water and food on a daily basis.
- Invest in a pooper-scooper to protect yourself, because you need to remove feces daily.
Also, wear protective gloves while cleaning the cage, and schedule a deep-clean of your reptile’s home about once a week. Related to the reptile’s safety, relocate your pet to a safe environment during the cleaning, and follow the directions to cleaning your particular tank.
So if you have a pet reptile, glove up and start scrubbing!
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