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Reptile Insurance Alternative

Despite the growing popularity of reptiles as pets, people continue to have many misconceptions about them. For example, the lifespan of a reptile often exceeds that of humans. This can come as quite a surprise for people accustomed to dogs and cats that live an average of 15 years. That means you should prepare a care continuation plan when you adopt a reptile in case it lives longer than you do.

The Most Popular Types of Reptiles as Pets

The following types of reptiles are popular as household pets:

Regardless of the specific type of reptile you keep as a pet, you need a low-cost pet insurance alternative to help it maintain a healthy lifestyle and live as long as possible.

The Importance of Proper Body Temperature in Reptiles

Perhaps you have heard that reptiles are cold-blooded and wonder what that really means. Reptile blood is ectothermic, which means that these animals require an external source to stay warm. This is very different from people whose bodies naturally regulate temperature internally.

You must be able to provide your pet reptile with an adequate heat source or it could develop pneumonia or another serious illness. Many quit eating when they must focus all their energy staying warm and do not survive the struggle. Reptiles can also develop fatal health complications when they become overheated. This can happen when their heat source malfunctions and causes issues such as severe burns.

Living in an environment that is too dry and humid can prevent reptiles from properly shedding their outer layer of skin. Be sure to provide your reptile with continuous access to water and mist your pet daily if the breed requires it. Finally, be sure to keep your reptile’s cage clean to prevent disease and infection.

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