Domesticated Reptiles

Owning pet reptiles is becoming increasing popular. Lots of people and families have welcomed snakes, lizards, turtles, and tortoises into their homes. I have heard of people taking their lizards in the car, to the park, and on the bus. Or people taking their snakes to swim in pools, or over to their family's house for the holidays. I have even heard of tortoises having entire kingdoms in the backyards of people’s homes for them to roam free! Whether you like it or not, reptiles are part of the family and they are here to stay. There is a broad spectrum when it comes to aggression and care for reptiles. Some being incredibly hard and tedious to care for, and others being relatively easy to care for.

Now, don’t get me wrong, any animal can be hard to care for. Animals require responsibility, research, effort, time, and money expended when you have one living in your home.  Some of the easier to care for reptiles have been in our homes for dozens of years now and they have started to be considered domesticated.

How do you domesticate a reptile?

Domestication is the process of taming an animal that will later be farmed for foods or kept as a pet. Dogs, cats, rats, mice, ferrets, and hedgehogs have all been domesticated because these animals are all captive bred and used to being pets. Cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, and goats are all domesticated because they are farmed and used for food. The most important part is none of these animals are capable of living back in the wild. Reptiles like the bearded dragon, leopard gecko, and ball python have all been domesticated or kept as pets and bred in captivity. These domesticated reptiles have become very comfortable with humans and living in an indoor setting, much like a cat or a dog. Domestication is not a simple process, but instead takes years of selective breeding and interaction to show signs of domestication in an animal.

If you want to learn more about domestication, then head to our Youtube channel and watch our video on domestication. We also have a great video on pigeons, another important domesticated animal. Don’t forget to click a kids zone tile below to head to another Critter Squad Wildlife Defenders Kids' Zone Page!


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