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Considering a pet but not too keen on the responsibility that comes with owning a dog or a cat? One of the most popular alternatives to a dog or cat is an amphibian. Amphibians are similar to reptiles in that they cannot regulate their own body temperature. Popular pet amphibians include frogs, snakes, iguanas, newts, salamanders and toads.

Amphibians can make a great pet for a young child. Children love watching these little critters crawls around and will most likely be eager to help out with the responsibilities of cleaning and feeding their new friend, but this is not a good activity when you're expecting to be bringing home new babies. They are small and easy to maintain which is perfect your younger kids. They require feeding and cleaning but are do not need the attention or consistency of a larger household pet. Furthermore, they are extremely clean animals with virtually no smell and very cheap to keep as a pet. However, amphibians do need to be cared for, like any pet. It is up to you to keep their home clean and ensure that they are fed, happy and secure in their surroundings.

Amphibian Food and Shelter

In general, amphibians like to be fed once a day. Some amphibians, such as snakes, will eat rodents and insects while others, such as newts, will eat crickets and mealworms. Others will be happy to harvest on plants, fruits, lettuce, vegetables and parsley.

One of the best things about having a pet amphibian is that you do not have to feed them every day. It is okay to miss a day here and there. Many amphibians will not eat everyday in the wild and thus if you plan on going away for the weekend, you don’t have to call up a pet sitter to come and watch your little buddy.

Pet amphibians will need to live in some sort of cage or enclosure. An aquarium is a good option. You can choose from a number of sizes and shapes of amphibian enclosures depending on the size of the animal and your budget. The bigger the cage, the more expensive it will be. Consider what your amphibian would like. A cage that is tall and narrow is probably more suitable for an amphibian that likes to climb, such as a chameleon while a lower cage may be more appropriate for a turtle that tends to room on the ground.

When choosing your new pet’s home, make sure it is escape proof and moisture resistant as well as heat resistant. You will need to buy a heating device to keep your pet cozy and warm. When choosing your heating options, compare the difference between basking lamps, under tank heat sources, central heating, space heaters and ceramic heaters, all of which will do the trick.

Caring for your Amphibian

In addition to the basic heat and shelter, you may also want to add some flavor to your pet amphibian’s home. This may include some rocks, trees, gravel, plants and places to hide in. Adding some décor to your friend’s home can provide him with a sense of security. Furthermore, it can be entertaining to watch an amphibian crawl, climb and creep through the various toys in the tank.

It is important to understand that every amphibian is different. Some are carnivores, some are herbivores; some like to be handled, others do not; some will sleep a lot, others will move around a lot. When looking into the various amphibians out there, do your research and ask the experts at the pet store for advice on choosing and amphibian care tips. The more you know, the better prepared you will be for living with an amphibian.

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