Madison Area Herpetological Society

Top 10 Beginner Care Sheets

As people are getting more and more interested in reptiles, better and better information is being put together on keeping them.  We at MAHS have put together some care sheets that cover basic care for what we consider the 10 best reptiles (and amphibians) for beginners.  This is a great start to basic care, and what’s needed, but as always, make sure you do more research before purchasing a pet, and if you have questions come to a meeting and speak with someone experienced!


Ball Python

White’s Treefrog

Rosy Boa

Milk Snakes

Corn Snake

Blue Tongued Skink

Russian/European Tortoises

Inland Bearded Dragon

Crested Gecko

Leopard Gecko


Read through the care sheets for each animal and figure out what fits you or your family best.  Some things to keep in mind are size, lifespan, diet, and any other special requirements.  Make sure it’s not an animal that will get too large for the area you have for it.  Reptiles also live a long time.  Make sure you have the commitment and time to give it a forever home.  An animal’s diets will vary.  Make sure you are comfortable feeding a snake a rodent, or have access to what your pet likes to eat most.  Lastly, make sure you can provide for any special requirements and that you have educated yourself on the animal until you feel completely comfortable with it’s proper care.