Starter Exotic Pets for the beginner

Reptiles in general make excellent exotic pets and are relatively undemanding.  With all pets it is up to you to provide for there needs and as long as it's done correctly, you'll have years of enjoyment.


Some reptiles are ideally suited for first time keepers and children and it's imperative to get the housing correct from the start to stop any unnecessary problems in the future.  This will make life a lot easier for the beginner exotic pet keeper.

Beginner Exotic Pet by Category

We have arranged our favourite beginner exotic pets in three categories so you can quickly find what your interested in.

We've included some of our favourite exotic pets which we recommend for first time owners.  You will find links to Care Sheets for each pet type and hope the information helps you decide if an exotic pet is for you. 

There are other exotic pets which are well suited to first time owners but these are truly our favourites.

Here is a brief overview of our recommendations and before deciding on a particular pet, please contact us for more detailed information.

Snakes for the Beginner

Snakes make great Exotic Pets, most need feeding once or twice a week.  No UV lighting is needed and apart from spot cleaning once or twice a week, they only need a full clean out about every 4 weeks.

Corn Snakes - Lifespan of 20+ Years

starter_reptile_corn_snake They come in almost every colour under the sun with Males being larger than Females.

Corn Snakes are generally friendly and not aggressive.

Perhaps the most commonly kept snake, they grow to between 5 and 6 feet.  They can be kept in groups if desired as they are very sociable snakes but the habitat has to be large enough. A vivarium measuring 36" x 18" x 18" is big enough for 1 or 2 Corn Snakes.

Highlights: Very Colourful, Friendly, Not Aggressive Corn Snake Exotic Pet Care Sheet...

Royal Pythons - Lifespan of 20 to 30+ Years

starter_reptile_ball_python They are quite a stocky snake, have lovely markings with Females being larger than Males.

Royal Pythons are amazing pets. Don't be put off by the name.

Also known as Ball Pythons due the there tendency to coil into a ball rather than be confrontational if they feel threatened, Royal Pythons only grow to between 3.5 and 5.5 feet in length, are very sociable and can be kept individually or in groups depending on Vivarium size.  They tend to be more active in the evenings.

Highlights: Inquisitive, Friendly, Not Agressive Care Sheet Coming Soon...

King Snakes - Lifespan of 15+ Years

starter_reptile_king_snake They are very much like Corn Snakes but tend to grow a little smaller

King Snakes have lovely markings and come in many colours.

They are cannibalistic and will eat other snakes so need to be kept seperate.  King Snakes are overall hardy, simple to care for and are generally docile, curious and gentle.

Highlights: Curious, Gentle, Lovely Markings King Snake Exotic Pet Care Sheet...

Lizards for the Beginner

Lizards make amazing pets. Some lizards do need more specialized housing than snakes such as UV lighting but providing this is done they are fascinating and very rewarding animals to care for.

Bearded Dragons - Lifespan of 10 to 12 Years

starter_reptile_bearded_dragon Active during the day, Dragons grow fast and reach there full size of approximately 18-24 inches within a year.

Friendly, love to be handled regularly & feel part of the family

Bearded Dragons are happy by themselves provided they are handled most days but they're also happy in pairs or groups.  It's not recommended to introduce two adult males together especially if a female is present as it will result in fighting. 

They need feeding every day with a mixed diet of sald, crickets, locusts and worms.  The minimum size vivarium we recommend is 36" x 18" x 18" but if you have the room, a 48 inch vivarium is better.

Highlights: Friendly, Very Active, Calm Nature Bearded Dragon Exotic Pet Care Sheet...

Water Dragons - Lifespan of 10 to 12 Years

starter_reptile_water_dragon Water Dragons are quite skittish when small but they soon calm down and make great tame exotic pets.

Water Dragons are beautiful lizards and love to climb.

Water Dragons are fine by themselves but can also be kept in groups with the execption of males (due to fighting).  They can reach 2.5 - 3 feet in length with most of this being the tail and feed on a mixed diet much the same as the Bearded Dragon. 

Since the Water Dragon is arboreal (love to climb) and love water, the minumum vivarium size would be 48" x 24" x 24" and it needs a large water pool and branches inside.

Highlights: Beautiful, Tame, Climbers Water Dragon Exotic Pet Care Sheet...

Leopard Geckos - Lifespan of 10 - 12 Years

starter_reptile_leopard_gecko Leopard Geckos are more active in the evening and are quite small, growing to a length of 8 - 10 inches.

Leopard Geckos come in a variety of beautilful colours.

The minimum vivarium size is 24" x 15" x 12" and the Gecko does not need a UV Light although it doesn't harm to have it.  They eat daily on crickets, locusts and a variety of worms.

Highlights: Beautiful Colours, Inquisitive, Nocturnal Care Sheet Coming Soon...

Spiders for the Beginner

Not loved by everybody, spiders do make a truly fascinating pet.  Needing little in the way of looking after, they can go months without feeding. They come in stunning colours and take up little space.

Chilean Rose Tarantula - Lifespan of 15 to 20+ Years

starter_reptile_chilean_rose The Chilean Rose doesn't seem to mind being handled and are relatively docile and low maintenance.

Usually skittish & run away from danger rather than defend

The Chilean Rose is best kept individually with the females living the longest to around 15 - 20+ years.  Growing to approximately 4.5 -5.5 inches, a glass tank of around 18" x 18" is ideal and feed weekly on a diet of crickets, locust and cockroaches.

Highlights: Docile, Low Maintenance, Interesting Care Sheet Coming Soon...

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