Reptile Store.ca strongly recommends proper research and preparation before the purchasing of your new pet. Although as a business we would love to sell you lots of impulse buys we are ethically and morally connected to the animals and our clientele and would like to make every attempt to ensure it’s a good choice for you. The staff at Reptile Store.ca are always available to discuss options for you and your household.
Before you buy a new pet please consider the following:
Do you have enough time for this animal? Is the animal going to have its basic needs met? Is your schedule going to change where one day you won’t be able to take care of it? Is your schedule different week to week? Is this going to be a major priority of yours? Do you know the amount of care that is required (daily, weekly, ect…) to take care of this animal?
Initial Costs (habitat, animal, tools and equipment, etc.)
Long-term Costs (Hydro, replacement equipment, bulbs, food, etc.)
Will they get along? Will you still have time and money for the other pet?
Will you be able to give equal attention to both?
Lifespan and Commitment
How long does your animal live for? Where will you be and what will you be doing in 5 years? 10 years? Is this pet still going to be right for you at that point in your life? What are your options if one day you can’t take care of this animal?
How much room does this animal take up in your house? Do you have enough space to properly care for the animal? Does this animal get larger and therefore require more room? Will your living space change during the course of this animal’s life time?
Where in your house could you put your animal? Is there too much traffic in that area? Is there a draft from a window or door? Good temperatures? Lighting? Is there too much noise?
Comfort Level of Family Members
Just because you appreciate the animal, doesn’t mean all of your family members will. Everyone who lives at the house should be comfortable with the new animal moving in.
Overall Size of Animal
Some animals grow very large. Selection of an animal is very important when considering how large it may get. Will you be able to house a large animal? Work with a large animal safely? Be able to afford the amount of money to feed a large animal when it is full grown? If you can’t do all of these then a large animal is not a good choice for you.
Your Knowledge Level
Do you know how to take care of this animal? Do you know some basic information regarding this animal in his natural habitat? Are you comfortable dealing with any problems that may come up with this animal? Do you know enough information to spot some minor problems in health? Do you know what normal behaviors and irregular behaviors are for this animal? Should you do some more research prior to purchasing it?
Do you know a vet in the area that you can bring your new animal to? Do you realize the cost or expense of veterinarian appointments? It’s important to know of a vet that will take appointments for reptiles so that if an emergency arises you know where you can go.
Do you know what supplies are needed to take care of your animal? Do you have all the supplies set up already prior to taking your animal home with you? Do you know what set up is best for your new animal? Many options are available, make sure you know what ones will suit your animals needs best?
Where to Purchase Your Animal
There are many stores to choose from. Make sure that the staff of the store you select has a strong knowledge base of the animal you are looking to purchase. Make sure the store is clean, and the animals in the store look in good overall health. The staff of the store should be available to answer any questions that you may have.
Captive Breed vs. Wild Caught
In all instances it is recommended to purchase captive breed animals. The animals will be healthier, and live longer, however, generally they may be more expensive.