Tortoises, lizards, snakes, crocodiles and frogs require special care. Venomous snakes should only be kept by people who are experts at handling them. Most reptiles are shy animals and handling should be minimal. Tortoises should not be tied up on a leash.
Food for Reptiles:
Snakes are usually accustomed to eating fresh dead mice, rats and chickens. Lizards can be fed a salad mix (clover leaves, dandelions etc.), a fruit salad mix (finely chopped orange, banana, blackberries, carrots etc.), insects (mealworms and crickets), and/or a meat mix (lean minced beef, two heaped teaspoonsful calcium carbonate per kg of meat, or a complete dry dog food). Tortoises are usually fed a meat-based diet, but calcium must be added otherwise deformities will occur with the shell and bones (a mix of lean minced beef, two heaped teaspoonsful calcium carbonate per kg of meat and complete dry dog food).
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