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TerrapinReptiles 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 fascinating!
 

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 that species

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 pet’s well-being, can be expensive.

6. Discuss with us any aspects of the above. We will be glad to help.

7. Join the Federation of British Herpetologists, a most useful organisation for furthering the health and well-being of UK reptiles.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Practice and helping you to an enjoyable and rewarding relationship with your new reptile.

email us: office@battleflatts.co.uk or phone us: 01759 371066