Reptile Holiday Care Tips

Happy Holidays! At this time of year, we tend to see lots of cute photos of dogs and cats against seasonal backdrops. It’s also easy to find ideas and articles about things like holiday safety and gifts for our furry friends. But what about reptiles? If your animal companion has scales or a shell, read on! A Matthews, NC vet offers some tips on holiday reptile care in this article.


There’s no reason you can’t have a little fun with decorating your reptile’s terrarium. Putting an actual Christmas tree in it would be dangerous, but you can put one nearby. You may be able to find a cute holiday product that will work as a hidey-hole, such as an igloo or a gingerbread house. Just stick with materials that are safe for your pet. You can also give your reptile some cute seasonal dishes, or hang decorations outside their tank. Just make sure any decorations are safely away from any lighting, heating, or humidifying equipment you have.


Don’t forget to put some things under the tree for your reptilian pal! Treats are good options. While you probably don’t want to put live bugs in a stocking, you can definitely give your little buddy a special snack. Your pet may also enjoy some new accessories, such as hide boxes, branches, pools, or climbing rocks. Another option would be to get your scaled (or shelled) buddy some upgraded heating or lighting equipment. If you want to go all-out, get them a bigger tank or terrarium!


Why not take some cute seasonal pictures of your reptile? You can find little Santa outfits made just for lizards. (We probably don’t have to tell you how adorable these are.) Just don’t force your tiny dinosaur to wear outfits if they seem uncomfortable. Also, don’t leave your pet dressed up unattended.


This can be a dangerous time of year for pets. Christmas trees are one concern. Some reptiles may try to climb them. Sharp needles and ornament hooks can injure your scaled pal, while things like lights, garlands, and ribbons could entangle them. The water could also be unsafe. Candles, fireplaces, and seasonal plants are also hazardous to pets. Keep a close eye on your reptilian pal!

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