Tips For Newbies Thread 2.1

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  1. Wally

    Wally Subscriber Subscriber Power Seller

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    After seeing a few threads recently from those just starting in the hobby I went searching for our old Tips For Newbies thread to give it a bump, sadly it seems to have disappeared.

    So... lets have a crack at starting version two.


    What type of reptile interests you?

    This is the first question I'd ask myself before going on the journey of reptile ownership. Better to keep something you're truly interested in rather than an impulse purchase.

    Research

    Once you've narrowed down what it is you'd like to keep it's time to research, research, research. At the end of this research ask yourself, am I in a position to provide the care necessary to help keep your reptile healthy and well provided for?

    Set Up

    Set yourself up before making a reptile purchase. Better to have your new critters home ready to go when you bring them home.

    * Enclosure
    * Heating/lighting/thermostat
    * Enclosure furnishings
    * Temp gun/feed tongs/snake hook

    Have you sourced a local provider of food?

    Ready To Go

    There's no rush. Shop around and ask questions. If possible buy from someone that has a proven reputation.

    Don't just buy the first reptile you see on Gumtree.

    References

    A couple of references to help get you started.

    https://aussiepythons.com/forum/showthread.php/218461-Reptile-Vets-in-Australia

    http://www.geckodan.com/

    Google Scott Eipper. He has some great books on the market.



    Add your tips peeps..... :)







     
  2. Stuart

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    Excellent idea Wally.

    My 2c and it backs up the research side of things...

    Don't ever go with the first thing you read and dont ever be afraid to make a mistake...
     
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    Nor go with the first opinion you hear.
    Read everything you can get your hands on.
     
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    And don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand something. The only dumb question is the one that you didn't ask.
     
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    For every animal you desire and research, it will always be the next one you really want.
     
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    Ain't that the truth, lol.
     
  7. BredliFreak

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    How about "If many flavours are offered to you on this forum, don't choose to be salty" :lol:
    How about "Use the search bar" ;)
     
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    Buy books when researching. The internet is full of wrong or misleading information.
     
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    And don't ever be too scared/ashamed to admit you made one!
     
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