There are few considerations you need to make before you choose the right pet reptile for your home, apart from the price and choice of the right breeder or retailer. You must know about the dietary requirements as different pet reptiles have different food habits.
Some eat only leaves and complete vegetarian food while some live on insects and rodents. Therefore, consider your source first and then choose.
Provide Appropriate Habitat
Apart from an escape-proof cage, you will also have to consider the habitat the reptile is used to live in and arrange for it. Knowing the approximate adult size will also help you in getting the size of the cage right.
Know whether or not it requires any heating device or any other devices to keep it safe and healthy. Depending on the type and nature of the reptile, you may require a water receptacle, hydrometer and thermometer, hiding or hanging accessories and much more.
Lifespan And Temperament
Any pet will need some amount of care, and therefore, you should consider the lifetime of pet reptiles. For example, a tortoise can live up to seventy years, and you should be ready to care for it for that long a period. Temperament is another thing to consider, especially if you have kids at home.
Some like to stay hidden, some like to be fondled, and some may like to stay alone. Therefore, choose one whose temperament matches yours. You may also consider buying an adult reptile instead of a hatchling which will need special care, diet, and attention. Therefore, make an educated decision.