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Bargains for reptile owners

If you are on a budget you must think carefully about buying a reptile as they can be expensive to keep and difficult to look after properly
What bargains are available for reptile owners?

Reptiles include creatures such as bearded dragons, turtles, tortoises, chameleons, snakes and lizards. When buying this type of creature you should never be driven by bargain hunting as there is an on-going illegal trade in reptiles. This trade disrupts ecosystems and is driving species to extinction. Well-respected organisations in the UK are voicing their concerns about the exotic pet trade and the damage that this is doing worldwide. You should think very carefully about whether a reptile is the best pet for you and your family, especially if you are on a limited budget.


If you decide that you still want to go ahead with your purchase it is possible to obtain bargains on reptile equipment and discounts on reptile food. Also, you can consider rehoming an unwanted reptile from the RSPCA. You will need to pay an adoption fee, which is usually about £30 (depending on your location and the type of reptile). Contact your local RSPCA centre for more information and advice.

What do I need to think about if I decide to get a reptile?

One of the biggest problems people face when buying a reptile is that they don’t know enough about how to care for the animal. The RSPCA has to rescue and rehome hundreds of unwanted and stray reptiles each year because owners have been unable to look after them properly. If you decide to get a reptile you must do your research:

How do I keep my reptile healthy if I am on a budget?

If you own a reptile and you find that you are struggling financially, the following advice may help: