are one of the most interesting groups of pets that we see at
Battle Flatts and also one of the most challenging!
We include in this group the true Lizards who come from a huge,
varied species group of around 7,150 different individual types,
amongst which are the Green Iguana and the Bearded Dragon. Also
present are the Chelonia, more familiar to most as the tortoises
and terrapins, these alone adding another 257 species to our
treatment challenges. Common members of these would be the Spur
Thighed Tortoise and the Red Eared Terrapin. With the snakes we
add around 2,400 more species, so you can see that we have a vast
variety overall, and hence why we describe them as challenging and
The most important features of keeping reptiles are:
1. Do your background research on the environmental requirements,
feeding, behaviour and natural characteristics of your desired
species. Use multiple resources and references and do not rely on
one source of information, particularly on the internet.
2. Buy from a good source. We can help advise you on this.
3. Invest in the correct equipment for keeping your chosen pet.
For most this will be:
an escape-proof vivarium or enclosure
variable heat source and basking lamp
correct spectrum ultra-violet light
temperature and humidity monitor
access to good quality food supplies of the preferred type for
4. Practise good basic hygiene, cleansing your hands thoroughly
after handling your pet or its feeding containers, and after
cleaning out its vivarium. All reptiles can carry salmonella
bacteria but the risk of human transmission is minimal if these
basic precautions are taken.
5. Get your reptile insured. Most disease investigations involve
laboratory tests, radiography and taking other samples. These
tests, which are often essential for your pets well-being, can be
6. Discuss with us any aspects of the above. We will be glad to
7. Join the Federation of British Herpetologists, a most useful
organisation for furthering the health and well-being of UK
We look forward to welcoming you to the Practice and helping you
to an enjoyable and rewarding relationship with your new reptile.