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Reptile Handling

Although extensive handling of reptiles is not recommended, there are times when you need, or just want, to hold your pet. Here's what you need to know about Handling Reptiles.

Handle with Care

Handling retiles is not all that different from handling any other pet. If you support its body weight so that it feels secure, you'll have a much greater chance of successfully handling your pet. This may be tricky with a long-tailed or very large pet. Ask for help with a large boa, python or monitor lizard so neither you nor your pet winds up injured in the process.

The main thing to remember when handling your reptile is that, no matter how tame or socialized it may be to you, it is a wild animal and, as such, should be respected. It may be a little more difficult for you to tell if your reptile is uncomfortable or in pain than it would be with a dog or cat, though. Snakes and lizards will show a bellows-like movement in their rib cages that may be accompanied by hissing. Squirming and scrabbling to get away are other sure signs your pet's uncomfortable. If your normally docile pet is suddenly trying desperately to get away, he may need to defecate and wants to be put down to do so. You've been warned! Reptiles are smart little creatures and will learn to recognize you and even welcome your attention. Always remember to thoroughly wash your hands before and after handling a reptile to avoid harm to you or your pet.