Reptiles, from aquatic turtles, iguanas, bearded dragons, snakes and beyond, come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be a great addition to your home.

Proper nutrition and housing is the most difficult part of keeping a reptile, as each species has very different nutritional needs. Many need pelleted, species-specific diets and mineral supplementation, and a light source with the correct spectrum of UVA and UVB. It is very important to consult with your veterinarian about the best way to care for your new pet, as many pet shops do not have access to the latest information available.

Providing fresh water at all times, to every reptile, is imperative. They do not synthesize enough water from their food to sustain them, even if they are traditionally “desert” species.

Calvert Veterinary Center recommends semi-annual physical exams with one of our doctors, and weekly exams done at home to check attitude, appetite, urination and stools. Reptiles often hide signs of illness until they are very sick, so it is important to pay attention to even minor changes. Call us at 410-360-7297 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.