Reptiles in Winter

Cold-blooded reptiles that live in the wild hibernate during winter. But how should you take care of your reptile during the winter season?

While some animals stay active during the year, some choose to sleep through the winter, or hibernate. Among these animals are reptiles! Reptiles are cold blooded, which means that their bodies do not regulate body temperature as well as mammals, or warm-blooded animals. But, what does this mean for reptile owners? For starters, it is absolutely necessary to keep your scaly pet indoors during the winter. If you need to transport your pet to the vet’s office or anywhere else, be sure to have the car pre-heated before you drive with your animal in the car.

Additionally, during cold snaps, be more vigorous in checking the temperature in your reptile’s cage. Just like your house is more likely to be cooler during the winter, the temperature is likely to drop in your pet’s aquarium, too. If you can’t seem to get it warm enough in the space, you may want to consult with your veterinarian about using a heat lamp. Also, the humidity levels need to be closely monitored during the wintertime. When the furnace is turned on, the added heat can cause the air to become dry, or the humidity level to become too low. This can result in respiratory problems in your reptile, along with shedding problems. To counter this, add a moist hiding spot for your pet, along with misting the cage more often.

Some types of animals love the wintertime. Reptiles are not one of them!

What steps do you take to care for your reptile during the winter? Tell us in the comments!

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