Good Exotic Pets for Beginners

Are you interested in an exotic pet but aren’t ready to jump into iguana or parrot ownership? A better choice might be a “beginner” exotic pet; while no pet is completely responsibility free, these options may be a bit easier to get started with. Here, your Moorpark, CA vet tells you more.

Anole Lizards

Anole lizards are small, readily available, and easy to care for. They don’t need specialized heat or lighting, and they don’t constitute a long-term commitment as they only live a maximum of a few years. All you’ll need is a small terrarium and a substrate material; ask your vet for further details.

Leopard Geckos

Leopard geckos are often considered a good “starter” lizard. They do require heating pads and special lights, so be sure you’re fully aware of these requirements before bringing one home. Your veterinarian can give you more specifics on gecko care.

Hermit Crabs

Hermit crabs may not be as exotic as some pets—and they definitely can’t be cuddled—but they make a good starter pet, especially for young children. They’re exceptionally easy to care for and are fascinating to watch!

Does your exotic pet need veterinary care? Call your Moorpark, CA vets.

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