Getting The Right Reptile Care

 In Andes-Straley Services, Andes-Straley Veterinary Hospital, Exotic Pet, Pet Care

Whether it’s a turtle or a snake, gecko, or skink, you care about your reptile and their health. That is why it’s important to look for a veterinarian who has experience with this type of animal and the species’ special needs. Dr. Gary Andes is one of the few vets in the Tri-City area who handles reptiles.

Reptile Care Advice

The internet is full of advice, but what should you believe? A good reptile vet is well informed about your pet and their species. They can help you choose the right food and environment to extend and enrich your reptile’s life. If you are new to reptile ownership it is important to set up an appointment with a reptile vet as soon as possible. Here are common questions to ask your vet about your reptile.

  1. Habitat – How big should this animal’s home be? Does it need a hide box, climbing branches, or other features?
  2. Substrate – Is it more comfortable with sand, soil, wood chips, or some other flooring?
  3. Heating – How can I ensure my reptile stays warm enough?
  4. Diet – What should my reptile eat? What should it not eat? Does it require any dietary supplements?
  5. Risks – What are common health problems I should look out for? Is this reptile dangerous to humans?
  6. Lifespan – How long should I expect my retile to live?

Claw Trims

In the wild, lizards and other clawed reptiles wear down their claws naturally, or on rocks and trees. When kept as pets, they need to get their nails trimmed regularly, for their own comfort and so their humans can safely and appropriately handle them. Especially for larger reptiles such as iguanas, an experienced reptile vet can be helpful in keeping sharp nails trimmed.


What if you’re leaving home overnight or longer? The office of your reptile vet can provide boarding services including feeding, heating, and habitat maintenance when you’re gone.

Contact us to set up an appointment for your reptile today!