Geckos do it. Anoles, too. Turtles do it. Frogs and toads participate. So do snakes, iguanas and bearded dragons. All reptiles and amphibians drink water!
Providing water to our reptile pets is common sense. But how do you entice reptiles and amphibians to drink and in order to stay hydrated? The method depends on the species.
Iguanas will drink out of water bowls and pans, but you may need to twiddle the water in the bowl to help your pet understand what you are offering. Some lizards such as anoles, tokay geckos, and chameleons lap up water droplets on leaves, branches and the sides of their habitat. A bowl of water is useless to these reptiles.
Land turtles and tortoises need to stretch out their necks to drink, so they need to walk into their water source. A bowl with too-high sides makes the needed drink impossible to obtain.
Even aquatic turtles need water to drink! You may not see it happen, but water turtles such as red eared sliders drink water from their aquarium. If their water is dirty, they are stuck imbibing foul water. Worse, if the water is truly undrinkable, they will dehydrate, having refused to sip it at all. Keep your turtle aquarium clean!
Snakes will drink and soak in water, so provide a water pan large enough for their entire body. Large plastic storage bins are great as water pans and are easy to clean and disinfect.
Water pans should be changed and cleaned at least weekly or more frequently as needed. Even if they keep their drinking and soaking a secret, your reptile pet counts on you for clean water every day!
As the leading animal welfare organization for reptiles and amphibians in the Rocky Mountain region, Colorado Reptile Humane Society has been helping pets and people in Colorado and throughout the United States for more than 10 years. Colorado Reptile Humane Society’s shelter is located in Longmont, CO. For more information about Colorado Reptile Humane Society, visit their page