Depending on the variety, snakes can live for decades and grow to lengths in excess of 3 metres. They require a large tank, frequent checkups, and care by a vet who specializes in reptiles. Fresh water and a spotless environment must be provided at all times. Most are carnivorous. They are susceptible to a variety of parasites as well as diseases, respiratory and digestive disorders, and mouth rot. Strictly controlled daytime and nighttime temperatures and the careful application of pesticides are required in order to guard against mite infestations.
Green iguanas are some of the most frequently abandoned companion animals, likely because people find out too late what is required to care for them. A properly cared-for iguana can live for more than 20 years and grow to be more than 2 metres long. The enclosure for a full-grown iguana should be at least 6 metres long, humidified, and maintained at a particular temperature with specific timetables for darkness and ultraviolet light. These animal will strictly eat fruit and vegetables.
These small lizards can often live up to 30 years and require a very particular environment without the slightest variance in temperature. They feed on insects and baby mice.
Welcoming a reptile into your home means a commitment of time, space, and money. You’ll need to provide the right temperature and humidity and specific light/dark cycles that may not coincide with your own or be convenient to you. Backup power is necessary to keep a constant temperature in the event of a power failure.