Living in an apartment leaves little room for doing much of anything in the way of pet keeping. Closer examination and a direct conversation with your landlord/manager may reveal that you’re able to keep reptiles. The only question remaining is which reptile do you keep?
There are literally hundreds of species to choose from when looking for pet reptile. Only a handful will make a suitable pet for an apartment setting. Within that handful; through a decade worth of experience with reptiles and living in an apartment setting myself I have discovered there are a four genre which have similar requirements and are relatively speaking “easy” to maintain when compared to most species available today.
Leopard Geckos Eublepharis macualrius, Corn Snakes Pantherophis guttatus, Milk snake Lampropeltis triangulum, and Rosy Boas Charina trivirgata can all be kept in a twenty gallon terrarium. The best style to use is a twenty gallon long vs. the normal twenty gallon enclosure as this gives the reptile more floor space to roam in. Glass terrariums run on average of about $36.00 and come equipped with a sliding lid that can be pinned into place preventing escapes.
Heating these species is as easy as buying a ceramic socket reflector and a 65 watt ceramic heater and placing this over one of the two hides. The basking temperature for all of these species is between 80-85˚ Fahrenheit which will leave the rest of the terrarium at about 5-10˚ cooler which is known as the ambient temperature.