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Updated: 4/17/2007 12:08 pm Published: 4/17/2007 12:08 pm

Several types of reptiles, including snakes, lizards, and turtles, are kept as pets. Though they can be dangerous, reptiles are advantageous because they require very little attention. Their pet care consists almost solely of a proper diet and the right artificial environment. Snakes, lizards, and turtles can all be housed in an aquarium. Because these pets are cold blooded, however, the aquarium must provide a variety of temperatures. A light bulb should be positioned at one end to provide warmth and light for basking. The other end should be darker, and cooler. Lizards require additional ultraviolet light and aquatic turtles must be kept in water, but reptile housing relies mainly upon a clean environment with various temperatures. Snakes, on average, eat once a week and food sources include mice, chicks, and rabbits. Lizards and turtles need a more varied diet of vegetables, fruit, and calcium supplements. For more information about reptile pet care, consult a veterinarian near you.

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