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Reptile care

Learn all about the care and welfare of reptiles with our resource page
and species factsheets!

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Snakes are an exotic reptile that, depending on species, will generally live anywhere from 10 to 30 years in captivity with the correct care. Snakes have specialised environmental needs such as a large vivarium and the correct temperature, humidity and UV lighting. Snakes are carnivorous reptiles meaning they only eat meat; a favourite food of snakes is small rodents such as rats.  


There are over 6,000 species of lizard! Some popular pet lizard species include geckos, chameleons and bearded dragons. Lizard species have certain environmental needs such as the need to be kept in a vivarium or terrarium with the correct temperatures/humidity, with the correct substrate and with specialised UV lighting. Lizards also need the correct feed. This may be store bought pellet food, insects or fruit and vegetables. Almost all types of lizards will need some sort of supplement in their diet such as calcium, to help bone growth. Most lizard species can live up to 20 years with the correct care.  

Bearded dragons

Bearded dragons originate from Australia and are one of the most popular pet lizard species in the UK. As bearded dragons are semi-arboreal it’s important that their enclosure has plenty of rocks and branches for them to climb up on to and rest. Like with all lizard species they require the correct environment, with a vivarium, the correct humidity/temperature and UV lighting. With the correct care in captivity bearded dragons can live anywhere between 10 to 15 years.  

Leanne's animal of the month

Each month our pet care advisor, Leanne, picks her animal of the month, to share fun facts on and useful tips to care for them!

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Bearded dragons Part 1

Find out more about the care and welfare of bearded dragons in the video above.
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Bearded dragons Part 2

Find out about the correct set ups for your bearded dragons.
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Tortoise Part 1

Find out about enclosure and lighting for tortoises. As well as good websites to check out to find out more.
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What to look out for that can indicate illness or disease

A few things to look out for with your reptiles that could indicate they're unwell.