– Do research any animal you’re thinking about buying, to be sure you can care for it properly.
– Do have the enclosure set up before bringing a new herp home.
– Do quarantine new specimens before adding them to an enclosure containing other animals.
– Do set up a temperature gradient for reptiles, so they can thermoregulate.
– Do provide hiding places for your herps; this makes them feel secure.
– Do pay attention to the cleanliness of your reptile enclosures, especially aquatic turtle tanks.
– Do try to find a reptile-knowledgeable veterinarian in your area.
– Do know how big an animal will be when full grown, especially if you’re thinking about buying a baby.
– Do provide UVB lighting for reptiles that are active in the daytime.
– Do consider joining a herp club or attending a herp expo. They’re fun!
– Do be sure your herp enclosures are escape-proof.
– Don’t buy a reptile (or any animal) on impulse.
– Don’t try to scare people with your reptiles, especially if you own snakes. Act responsibly.
-Don’t handle all herps too often; many, such as day geckos, are better as display animals than pets that you should handle.
– Don’t keep animals that require different habitat types in the same enclosure.
– Don’t keep animals illegally.
– Don’t neglect your pets. Give them the attention they deserve by performing routine maintenance chores, such as cleaning their enclosures, feeding the proper foods, etc.
Don't scare people with your reptile
– Don’t overfeed your animals. This can be unhealthy for them.
– Don’t release pets into the wild.
– Don’t keep more herps than you can reasonably care for. Avoid “collector-itis” if keeping many reptiles will mean they are neglected.
– Don’t purchase sick animals thinking you will take them home and make them well. Start out with healthy animals.
– Don’t handle reptiles, especially snakes, too soon after they have fed.