Keeping Reptiles - The Basics


Welcome to Scales and Fins Keeping Reptile - The Basics!

This is the place to start in what will hopefully be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Here we introduce you to the basics and give you advice that will hopefully allow you to make the right decisions.

Is A Reptile The Pet For You

Is A Reptile The Pet For You?

Keeping reptiles can be a very rewarding hobby, but it is not suitable for everybody.

So, before you rush head first into reptile keeping it is a good idea to ask yourself a few questions.

This may well save you and the animal a lot of heartache and stress later on. more...

Hygiene And Safety

Hygiene And Safety

If you are embarking on keeping reptiles concern for the animals welfare is of paramount importance, but you should not also forget your own safety.

Whilst you might think that a small lizard or snake can do you no harm, the truth is that they may well harbour diseases that could make you feel distinctly unwell. Also the vivarium with its mixture of heat, water and electricity is another potential hazard. more...

Setting Up A Simple Vivarium

Setting Up A Simple Vivarium

In order to set up a successful vivarium there are a few basic principles that you need to understand. One of the most important of these is the temperature gradient.

This section, includes photographs and explanations of the various stages and equipment needed in making a simple vivarium. more...

Glossary Of Terms

Glossary Of Terms

When you first start keeping reptiles there are a few words and phrases that may seem foreign to you. Rest assured their meanings are all very straightforward.

So to help you understand we have drawn up a short list of definitions of words and phrases that you will more than likely come across. more...

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