Does Your Reptile Need a Tank Mate?
By Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice)
Like us, many animals like to hang out with friends. However, the same isn’t true of most reptiles. Reptiles do just fine solo and don’t require others in the same tank to thrive. In general, reptiles are better off housed individually.
Certain lizards (bearded dragons, anoles, geckos) and chelonians (turtles and tortoises) can live successfully together when set up properly in same-species tanks. Snakes, however, are best housed singly and generally should not be combined in one tank, even if they are of the same species.
If you are thinking about having more than one reptile in a tank, you can help ensure success with these six precautions.