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Making Friends With A Reptile

November 1 2021

Do you ever wonder if reptiles have emotions? Compared to dogs and cats, iIt’s probably safe to say that they aren’t as sentimental or affectionate, but there’s no true way to say for sure. That said, reptiles can and do get quite attached to their humans. Bonding with reptiles takes patience and time, but it’s not impossible. Here, a vet discusses taming reptiles.

Adopt Young

It’ll be easier taming a baby animal than an older one that’s hardly ever been handled. And too, some baby reptiles need a lot of care, so they may not be suitable pets for first-time reptile owners. Before adopting, be sure to do plenty of research.

Watch Body Language 

Pay attention to your pet’s body language. Watch how your reptilian buddy acts around you and learn to read him. If your reptile is withdrawing, hissing, or acting as though it’s going to strike or scared, just leave it alone. 


Lizards actually can show lots of affection. Many enjoy sitting or cuddling on their humans, and some even become lap lizards. But, some of these tiny dinosaurs only feel comfortable being petted or handled by their owners. Try not to expect too much from a strange reptile.


You can win any pet’s trust by offering food and treats. However, this is tricky with reptiles, since many of them don’t even eat every day. You may also be less than thrilled about trying to hold a live bug out. Let your pet get used to the sound of your voice and your smell. He’ll realize on his own that you’re giving him dinner.


A good soak is something many reptiles enjoy. WIth some, baths are a must, such as iguanas. Use this time to bond with your pet. Talk to your tiny dinosaur while he soaks.

Settling In

It’s best to let your pet adjust to his new surroundings, so don’t handle him immediately. Try holding your hand out for him to investigate and just talk to the little guy. (This isn’t recommended with larger reptiles that may bite.)

Picking Up

Handling reptiles regularly goes a long way towards helping to keep them tame and docile. Be sure to pick your pet up properly! Don’t scoop him up unexpectedly or when he is eating or sleeping, and never pick your reptile up by the tail. Ask your vet for more information. 

Do you have questions about reptile care? Contact us, your veterinary clinic, today!

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