Best Pet Reptiles


Want a pet reptile? View the lists of best pet reptiles: lizards, snakes, turtles, and tortoises here. Let this help you to decide which reptile to get.

Best Pet Lizards

Leopard Gecko

Leopard Geckos make great pet reptiles because they are very low maintenance and are easy to care for. Unlike other reptiles, leopard geckos do not need the expensive UVB bulbs or large enclosures that you may have to buy for other reptiles. Leopard geckos make great pets for kids and for anyone else who is starting off with their first pet reptile. The only drawback about leopard geckos is that they are nocturnal (active at night).

Leopard Gecko, photo by | : | chelle's view | : |
Leopard Gecko, photo by | : | chelle’s view | : |

Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragons are probably one of the most sold pet lizards today. If you have one, you will agree that they are awesome! Their personalities are what everyone loves about them. If you want a lizard that will just hangout with you, this is the lizard to get. Unlike leopard geckos, bearded dragons do need somewhat of a large enclosure and special lighting. But in the end, they are well worth the extra maintenance and money spent. Bearded Dragons are usually very tolerable to handling and are good for people who want a hands on reptile.

Bearded Dragon, photo by ta-graphy

Crested Gecko

Crested Geckos are really cool lizards to keep as pets. They are very low maintenance and are great for anyone who is looking for their first pet lizard. Unlike other reptiles, crested geckos can live on a crested gecko diet formula, which is a powdered formula that you mix with water. If you aren’t into insects, the crested gecko might be a match for you. The things that make crested geckos so unique are their ability to jump” from one hand to another and their non-existence of eyelids. That’s right, crested geckos have no eyelids, therefore they sleep with their eyes open. How cool is that?

Crested Gecko, photo by cordfish
Crested Gecko, photo by cordfish


Chameleons are also being sold quite rapidly in the reptile industry because of their amazing features, like their ability to eat with their tongue that shoots out the length of their body, their ability to rotate both eyes in separate directions (only animal that can do that), and their ability to change colors. Now, you might have realized that I said nothing about their ability to be held… That’s because chameleons are the types of pets that are the “look, but don’t touch” type. Chameleons get stressed very easily when being handled and it is recommended to only handle your chameleon when needed. Chameleons require a good amount of maintenance. As a chameleon owner myself, I would not recommend this type of reptile for a child. But for a more responsible pet owner, I would definitely recommend a chameleon.

Veiled Chameleon, photo by Billy
Veiled Chameleon, photo by Billy

Best Pet Snakes

Ball Python

If you love slithery pets that you can feed rodents too, this is the perfect pet for you. Ball pythons are probably one of the few snakes that can handle excessive handling. The maintenance for ball pythons is relatively low, however, you will need to monitor the humidity and temperature levels of its enclosure quite frequently in order to raise a healthy ball python. The best part of having a ball python is that you will only have to feed him/her once or twice a week (depending on it’s age).

Ball python, photo by The Reptilarium
Ball python, photo by The Reptilarium

Corn Snake

Corn Snakes are probably one of the most bought snakes for kids today. With their slender bodies, they are easy for anyone of any age to handle. Corn snakes need very little maintenance similar to the ball python and are great beginner snakes for anyone wanting to get into snakes/reptiles.


(Warning: They are escape artist)

Corn Snake, photo by David Childers Photography

Milk Snake

Milk snakes fall under the ‘beginner snakes’ category, yet are commonly overlooked. They are good eaters, hardy, and require very easy temperature/humidity levels. Although they might be a little more defensive (snappy) than the ball python and corn snake, they are still capable of being handled without any problems. Just remember to always handle with care and caution.

Milk snake, photo by Bill Bouton

Best Pet Tortoises and Turtles

Russian Tortoise

Vegetarian and small… What else could you ask for in a reptile. Russian Tortoises are probably one of the smallest tortoises to keep as a pet. Having this in mind, it won’t be a problem housing it indoors during the colder months. Also, not having to deal with live insects makes a Russian tortoise an awesome choice. If handled correctly, Russian tortoises can quickly become very tame and friendly with outgoing personalities.

Russian Tortoise, photo by margaretglin

Sulcata Tortoise

Sulcata tortoises have the reputation of being the cutest tortoise on the market (and the biggest). Being a vegetarian and not an insect eater (like the Russian tortoise) makes them a great reptile to own as a pet, as most people don’t like dealing with insects. Sulcata Tortoises require very little maintenance, but very large enclosures when they get older. If you want something that will outlive and outgrow you, this is the reptile for you. With proper care, you can expect to grow old with your pet sulcata tortoise.

Sulcata Tortoise, photo by cliff1066™

Red Eared Slider

With a large enough aquarium, good filter system, and proper lighting, red eared sliders can make great pet turtles. They are hardy and easy to care for if cared for correctly. However, if you have one, you will agree that they are quite time consuming, always having to clean out the tank. But they are without a doubt quite fun to watch and keep. This is another reptile that is a “look, but don’t touch” pet. Yes, some people do handle their turtles here and there, but try to keep it to a minimum. Handling causes stress.


Red eared slider, photo by lliama




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