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What reptile would you suggest?

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    What reptile would you suggest?

    As you know, I'll be headed to Pet Smart tomorrow to take a look at the reptiles and I have a few in mind that I want. Here they are:



    1) Ball Python
    2) Bearded Dragon
    3) Asian Forest Scorpion
    4) Chinese Water Dragon

    They are all in my wish list. I would love to spend time with them and handle them a lot. I also think it'd be very cool if I can feed them off of my hand. Any suggestions?

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    Although these are not my cup of tea I would vote for the bearded dragon since way back we had one and he would allow us to handle him. Good luck with your new pet.
    “Save a life and save a stray”

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    I'm going to recommend a pet not on your list, sorry. But I would go for a tortoise if you live in a hot climate and if not then a red eared slider water turtle. You can feed the tortoise from your hand.

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    If your hand feeding do not get a ball python that's plain ignorant to even try to hand feed one, how do I know? Because I have a ball python and I have been bit by one.... Don't hand feed one ever because of you do they will just learn to associate your hand as food and you more than likely won't be able to hold it without getting bit. Also if you're squeamish about getting bit by a snake don't get a ball python don't listen when people say they won't bite that's completely utter bull hockey they are a wild animal and they can bite it just happens, so even though they can be extremely docile they can still strike if they are scared, stressed, sick, or just think you're food / hungry.

    So to answer your question if you intend to get a ball python anyway consider my advice, but I'd suggest going to a pet shop spending time holding each of those pets and learning their traits and how to properly care for them first. If I were you I'd consider a turtle or a gecko, I myself have a eastern box turtle rescue and I've had previous experiences with other turtles like the Japanese pond turtle species.

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    Hello! I am a pet care specialist at PetSmart. For a starter reptile, I would recommend a leopard gecko, long tailed-lizards, or anoles. These are all sold at PetSmart and are the best starter reptile pets.

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    Hi! I know it's a bit late, but for anyone else wondering- please, please do research months in advance of getting a new pet. It seems like you'll be getting a pet without any knowledge whatsoever of their care requirements. Please do not do that, it is called animal hoarding. Of those, I would personally reccomend a ball python. They stay under 5 ft but be CAREFUL sometimes they stop eating (if this lasts for over 2 weeks consult a vet). Scorpions I didn't even know they sold at PetSmart, and Chinese Water Dragons need a huge vertical tank and in general HATE being handled, not a good starter pet. Bearded Dragons get pretty big, need a huge tank, and you also need to regularly buy the mealworms, crickets, other live bugs, and veggies they'll eat. Also, please consider not buying from a pet store but going to a reptile expo, they'll have better quality and bigger selection of animals. Last, hand feeding a reptile is a BAD IDEA. Even if they are tame, ball pythons miss almost every feeding so you'll end up getting a nasty bite, bearded dragons should only be eating live food, save for a few veggies every week or month, scorpion hand-feeding is just a HUGE NO-NO, and as for Chinese Water Dragons, they should only eat live food and don't like being handled. Sorry this was so long; Hope this helps anyone!

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    Riley you are spot on when you tell someone to research BEFORE getting a new pet. Having any type of pet is a huge responsibility and if you don't learn how to take care of them first you could put an animal's life in danger.
    “Save a life and save a stray”

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    Thank you! Sorry if I sounded a bit rough with my wording

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