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Most Popular Exotic Reptiles in the World.
Most of the reptiles that have been adopted as pets belong to the Squamata group to which the ophidians and lizards belong. This is a very varied group, with diverse morphology, on one hand, there are the lizards (Lacertilia), generally small as the leopard gecko, the green anole and the other geckos. Their small size is the reason for their evolutionary success and adaptation to many habitats, they also need less food to survive.
In this order, we also find the iguanas and the curious chameleons, the latter with very characteristic features such as their prehensile tail, eyes that move independently or their easy camouflage in response to the environment.
The order Squamata includes snakes (ophidians), reptiles that are very popular today with herpetologists, although it should be noted that they are not suitable pets for beginners and must be handled with great care.
Reptiles natural habitats
Reptiles inhabit virtually every continent except Antarctica. Many of them occupy large extensions of land ranging from oceanic islands to the southern part of China and India. Others are native to the rainforest, being seen in areas as diverse as the forests of Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil. To facilitate the terrariums set up, we will divide them into rainforest reptiles and desert zones.
The colors of reptiles usually combine black and orange, as in the case of leopard geckos, but also green and red, as in the case of green anoles. And there are reptiles, such as the panther chameleon or Parson’s chameleon, which come in three to six colors.
As in many other species in nature, the males are more striking than the females, since their color is one of the factors that make them choose “the best match” during mating season.
However, there are reptiles in this classification that do not stand out for their colors. So why are they considered exotic reptiles?
What is an exotic reptile?
Generally, exotic reptiles are America non-native reptiles that come from all over the world. They live around the globe, some of them in the tropical forests of the Americas. Others in desert areas from Asia, Africa or Australia. We can also find some species, such as leopard gecko morphs, which are considered exotic because they are not originally found in nature, but have been created through a selective process.
IF YOU DECIDE TO HAVE AN EXOTIC LIZARD AS A PET
If you want to keep one of these exotic reptiles as a pet, whether it is a small gecko or a large green iguana, you should first find out if its possession is legal and what papers are necessary to keep it in order and not contribute to the trafficking of exotic animals, some of which are in danger of extinction. Therefore, it is a good idea to go to a shop, so that you do not support the trafficking of animals.
Then you should learn the care that these exotic reptiles need and choose well the place where you put them at home, the temperature of the room, the most suitable terrarium, their diet and how to take care of them so that they do not get sick.
When you decide to keep a lizard as a pet, you must really love it and know which species to choose and what you can offer it, because they are reptiles that demand care. And you also have to be aware of the inconveniences it can cause you before you buy it, so that you don’t regret it later, as it is very sad to see reptiles that have been abandoned by their owners in the city parks.
You can find all this information on theleopargecko.org, but when you go to the store, get informed so that your pet is happy and lives many years with you, since they are reptiles that live a long time, in some cases like the leopard gecko, reaching 15 years or more.