Top 5 Reptiles For Beginners (Clint Responds)

Top 5 Reptiles For Beginners (Clint Responds)

Welcome everybody! In response to our
last video about the five best pet reptiles, if you haven’t seen it before it’s
right there right right here now click there watch it first then come back then
watch this video. All right ok now you’re back?
Welcome back, did you enjoy it? A lot of people did we’ve had a lot of really great comments
from Reddit, YouTube, Facebook all over the place. Lots of people have come out
lots of people have voiced their support and a lot of people have had some really
great ideas well potential criticisms but also things that they loved about
the videos and they’ve given us a lot of encouragement. Which has us really
excited about making more of these videos in the future. We wanted to take
some time to just respond to a few of these these comments that we’ve had.
Let’s talk about a few of the questions. We got one from reddit user: hoorayexplosions asking how often you should handle the corn snake. Fantastic question.
Snakes are fun to handle that’s one of the best things about keeping snakes it
is possible to over handle them. If you find that your snake is not eating
you’re probably handling it too much. Keep in mind there really is no amount
of handling that a snake requires. Snakes don’t really need social interaction
with people in the wild they would never have that they’re usually not social
with one another and everything in the wild can kill a snake so they’re easily
frightened. That’s why snakes feel so comfortable down in holes and they need
little hides and stuff because snakes spend most of their life trying to avoid
getting killed by everything else in the world. When you’re a noodle with a head
the world’s a dangerous place. So they don’t need to be handled. If you are
going to handle them which is one of the fun things about
owning a snake you can handle them pretty much daily. Like I said if you
find that they’re not eating cut back on the handling and maybe stop handling
them completely until they are eating and then leave them alone for a couple
of days after they’ve eaten so that they can digest that meal. Sometimes snakes can regurgitate if they’re being stressed too much handled too much shortly after
eating. So you want to make sure that they’re getting enough to eat they’re
not losing weight but if they’re still eating and they’re never regurgitating
or anything when you’re handling them, you’re probably good to go. Alright, we got a question from reddit user: Chompsongeckos asking if corn snakes and ball pythons bite at all. Yes they do anything with a mouth can
bite you and corn snakes and ball pythons can definitely bite you. I’m
pretty good at not getting bit by snakes you can tell a defensive snake very
easily or a snake that’s confusing you for a meal which is the main way that
you’re going to get bit by a corn snake or a ball python usually they’re going
to be very alert and focused on you. I see when a snake is poised like
this and looking at you and you move it follows you. Don’t reach at it. That’s
been my my winning strategy for not getting bit most of my life. I don’t tend
to get bit by defensive snakes or snakes confusing me with a feeding opportunity because I just don’t reach for snakes that are doing that. And you can see
this snake here not interested at all in what I’m doing. But ball pythons
corn snakes absolutely can bite especially as babies. Usually and it’s
going to vary a lot based on the individual. We got a lot of suggestions
regarding which reptiles we picked for the five best and I will tell you
spectacular. They were spectacular choices but they didn’t make our list. And I want
to talk about each one why it’s great and why it didn’t make our list. King
snakes Blue Tongue skinks Russian tortoises and common Boas BCI’s as they’re often known I’ve got one of those with me right now. This is actually a Central
American Boa which is the same species as the common boa. This is a population
that is generally a little bit smaller though this one is about seven feet long
that’s actually why the common boa didn’t make our list, they’re big. Like I
said seven feet that’s a pretty serious snake even though they’re far more
closely related to ball pythons than they are the corn snakes, behaviorally they’re a lot like having a giant corn snake. Personally they’re one of my favorite
snakes in the world to interact with. This is my BCI boa my Central American
boa. Love her. Never interacted with a snake that I enjoy like I enjoy
interacting with her. But she’s big and she’s a handful compared to a ball python or
corn snake. While I think this is a great spectacular second or third reptile for
somebody. If you’re just getting your feet wet this might be a little bit
serious. Love her though. Another retpile suggested for the top
five and this is one that we had a very difficult time not putting in the top
five. Was the Blue Tongue skink. I think you could make a very good case for this
being the single best pet reptile. Period. They’re spectacular. Love them. They’re
intelligent good to interact with they’ve kind of got a lot of the best
features of snakes and lizards well other lizards. All in one little package.
They’re easy to feed they’re easy the house they don’t need too much heat
they’re just spectacular. I’ll tell you why they didn’t make it on the list. Two
things one of them and this is not a huge deal Blue Tongue skink actually are
a large complex of different species of skinks all from Australia and
neighbouring islands. A lot of times the care advice that you get even though
they’re all fairly similar to each other the species are different from one
another and for a brand new reptile keeper it might be difficult for them to
know which species they have and what advice pertains to that species. The
bigger deal with these guys is they’re expensive and kind of difficult to find.
If they were as common and easy to find as a bearded dragons they would of bumped bearded dragons off of the list in a heartbeat. Blue Tongue skink are
incredible pet reptiles. But we’re talking something that’s going to cost
you $200 at least that’s if you can find one. A lot of the reason they’re so
difficult to find is because they’re very difficult to breed and they tend to beat each other
up they can tear each other’s legs off tails off so people who keep them
because they want a great pet reptile are kind not the same people that are
going to breed them and they give live birth to a relatively small number each
year. Frankly if you’re going to invest in one reptile and you know you want to
have a reptile for the rest of your life, get a Blue Tongue skink. Another one of
the animals that we’ve suggested was king snakes potentially to replace you
the ball python or the corn snake. Mind you you know we were kind of going for
some diversity in the animals that we picked in a lot of ways a king snake is
going to be very similar to a corn snake you know fairly similar size similar
diet similar housing requirements this particular individual is a pueblan milk
snake which is a type of king snake other popular ones are California king
snakes desert kings other types of milk snakes. Truth is,
they are spectacular pets. There is a reason that we didn’t include them this
snake is it a lot more likely to bite you than than any of the others I am pretty
good at identifying a snake that’s defensive and I’ve been bit by the snake.
I’ve only been bit by two different snakes in my entire life and this is one
of those two but this is my king snake. And I think they’re great so a good
choice a very good choice but for a first time reptile keeper if you don’t
like getting bit by snakes I would recommend a corn snake or a ball python
potentially over a king snake even though it’s spectacular. Another reptile
suggested for the best or one of the best five pet reptiles is the russian
tortoise. This is a russian tortoise. Honestly for the first time reptile keeper this
is probably the best turtle you could get. I’ll you why they didn’t make the
list tortoises live a very very very long time and in a lot of ways that’s a
great thing but if you’re somebody who’s thinking, “Hmm.. maybe I’d like to try out
keeping a reptile.” And you get something that’s going to live for like 75 years
you played a lifetime commitment. This guy will get bigger than this but not
very much. Russian tortoise probably the best tortoise you can get. Stronly
recommend them, excellent like I said the only reason I didn’t make it into the
top five it’s just a lifetime commitment. We also got a lot of suggestions about
potential topics for future videos spectacular suggestions and ones that
we’re probably going to take. For example reddit user: JJ Hill001: mentioned that
in a lot of care videos they talk about what you need to do but they don’t give
you a lot of the why I love that you brought that up that’s something that we
are definitely going to try to focus on mostly as a result of that comment. So I
love it. Also from JJHill001 they talked about the fact that a lot of
places suggest buying a baby reptile when a baby reptile might not be ideal
that’s a very good point there are a lot of reptiles that frankly are easier
pets for a brand new keeper when they’re older babies are probably the
most fragile that they’re ever going to be during their lives
the truth is animals are diverse and sometimes you get babies that aren’t
going to make it or are going to be very difficult to get started. Starting with
an adult’s can be a lot easier the main drawbacks a lot of people tend to
connect with a baby reptile and enjoy getting to watch it grow up.
Finding adults can be more difficult because breeders don’t tend to grow them
up and so when you do find them you’re probably buying them from somebody who
for one reason or another is getting rid of their pet reptile you have no idea
how that reptile was cared for up until the point you got it and there are a lot
of diseases and stuff it could be virtually irreversible by the time it
falls into your care. You might have that reptile for six months or a year and it
could just spontaneously die on you and it might be because the people that had
it before didn’t treat it the way it should have been treated. So it has pros and cons. Reddit user: wallyTHEgecko suggested that we do a worst
beginner reptiles video. That’s a spectacular idea we will have to do that
because there are a lot of reptiles out there like ones that you suggested that
often times can be obtained inexpensively and you think hey I’ve got
this little lizard it’s going to be okay and a 10 gallon aquarium and it’s just
not and a lot of times they’re full of weapons they’re generally fairly
aggressive and they’re a terrible terrible choice for a brand new reptile
keeper and you didn’t even know it and no one will tell you so we will
definitely do that in the future. Reddit user: Azraelrs suggested that we should
show more morphs for the various reptiles that we’re going to talk about. And as we
get into more details about individual types of reptiles
you better believe we’re going to talk to you about morphs. Because morphs are a huge part of the pet industry when it comes to these reptiles. The ease of
breeding was a lot of the reason that we picked them and it’s fun for breeders to
breed morphs, it’s fun to buy morphs because these are common reptiles and
you kind of want yours to stand out from the crowd and morphs often do stand out
from the crowd. So, we’ll be talking all about morphs, we’ll talk about inheritance
we’ll talk about really cool things that maybe you never thought about before.
Reddit user: Plu7o89 with the T represented by a 7 suggested pointing out the good and bad
reptile products that are commonly sold. Spectacular. We will definitely talk
about things that you should buy and things that you shouldn’t buy like heat
rocks terrible idea but frequently sold and we’ll talk about all kinds of things
that you should avoid and things that you should do when building a proper
enclosure for these reptiles. So spectacular spectacular idea. A
suggestion was that we go deeper into each of the five reptiles that we were
talking about. You discuss a little bit more about what
it’s like to keep them what it’s like to interact with them we’re going to do
that. Promise you were going to do that we’re going to do that with every single
one of these five and then we’re going to move on to a whole lot of other
reptiles and also spectacular pets. We’d also like to give just a thank you
to all of you on reddit Facebook YouTube you guys have been spectacular you’ve
given us such a warm welcome to to the YouTube world. Along with a little bit of
praise we also got a fair number of criticisms about our video and so we
want to talk about some of those things they were reasonable concerns. One of
them from reddit user: _ataraxia mentioned that you shouldn’t regularly feed rats to corn snakes. That’s a fair
comment. It’s going to pretty much come down to how big your corn snake is.
Corn snakes actually fall into the group of snakes called rat snakes. As adults
corn snakes do get fairly large. A corn snake can eat probably a small rat now you don’t want to feed them an extra large rat. Just like any rodent
eating snake you’re going to need to investigate study out we’ll be talking
about this more in future videos exactly what size feeder rodents are ideal to
feed your snake but if you have a big enough corn snakes you’re probably going
to be feeding it rats on a regular basis. Not all that so the same size but
you’re absolutely right you don’t want to feed too large of a prey item to a
snake that can actually lead to the premature death of your snake so I’m
glad you brought that up. Reddit user: _ataraxia also felt that ball
python shouldn’t be on the list because of their stress levels. Fair enough they
probably do stress more easily than some snakes if you are handling your snakes
so much that it’s not eating you probably should cut back some in general
though they’re pretty great about handling there they’re just more low-key
than a lot of snakes are but you’ve always got to be careful you don’t want
to overdo it and you can overdo it with a ball python or any snake. Fair comment. I
still think they belong on the list. We had a few Reddit users WorstWarriorNA Zman941 and Plu7o89 with the 7 representing the T they didn’t like
that we talked about feeding live rodents to snakes. Probably a good thing
to mention especially since we’re talking about people who’s never kept
snakes before. Truth of the matter is sometimes you’re going to get snakes
that don’t feed on frozen thawed. T hat is a rodent that you buy that has been pre
killed it’s been frozen you thaw it out you feed to the snak. If your snakes will
take those that’s spectacular some snakes won’t
and so the only alternative to letting your snake starve to death
is to feed it live rodents there are some obvious problems of this one thing
is a live rodent can carry diseases that usually would be taken care of by the
freezing process if you’re buying from a reputable breeder that’s probably not a
major concern other things rodents can kill snakes if you leave a rodent
unattended with a snake and the snake doesn’t eat it the rodent will eat the
snake so you never ever want to leave a snake with in unattended rodent and so
that’s a very reasonable concern and I’m glad that you brought it up like I said
sometimes it’s a necessary thing but it’s not ideal. Ah! Reddit users: _ataraxia and WorstWarriorNA both didn’t like the fact that I referred to interacting
with reptiles as playing with a reptile. I don’t really have a better word for it
though. A Blue Tongue skink requires no human interaction a ball python a boa no
matter what you get is they’re not social creatures they don’t need you to get
them out if you’re getting them out and interacting with them you’re playing
with that animal. Now I think I think your concern is that it’s going to send
the message to people that you know you can like take a snake out and play fetch
and you can’t. Can’t do that with a reptile. Good point. What I’m doing right
now with this Blue Tongue skink I would classify as I’m playing with the skink
I’m having fun I am enjoying my interaction with this reptile in the way
that you interact with the reptile not in the way that you interact with
puppies of course also not the way that you interact with a football don’t toss
them around I don’t know what else to call it frankly I’m playing I’m a
primate. Primates play. He’s not playing he’s just hanging out. Okay, Reddit users:
paintedpythons, SmolderingDesigns ZMan941 all hated the fact that
I mentioned pet stores instead of breeders online breeders and reptile
Expos. Fair enough. I definitely think that
going directly to a breeder probably the best possible place that you could get a
pet reptile. I will mention though that when you get to a pet store you’re still
buying from a breeder generally unless you’re buying a wild caught reptile but
generally speaking they are selling animals from breeders
sometimes though they’re kept in questionable conditions for however long
they’re in a pet store. Truth of the matter is we need pet stores. There are a
lot of things that you can get online, but as a brand-new reptile keeper if
you’ve just got one reptile for example you might need crickets a few times a
week or during six crickets at a time online is just not doable so you’re
going to need a local pet shop and there are good pet shops and there are bad pet
shops. Support the good ones these are people who love this hobby they love the
animals they keep they love supporting the reptile community in their area
support these people if they’re obviously keeping the reptiles in
terrible conditions if the animals there are suffering do not support this sort
of business so I’m glad that you mentioned that. Overall we just love that
you love the video we love that you’re learning from the video we love that
you’re choosing an excellent pet reptile based on the things that you’re learning
here we love the things that we learn from you we love the criticisms we love
the suggestions we love it all because everything that you guys told us is
going to make every video we make in the future better than the last. And so keep
the suggestions coming we’re also super grateful for the
encouraging words that we’ve gotten from so many people look at them all they’re
everywhere all these people we are so thankful for the things that we’ve heard
from you please keep telling us the things that you want to see things you
want to hear the animals you want to hear about and we will keep these videos
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100 thoughts on “Top 5 Reptiles For Beginners (Clint Responds)

  1. Kieley Smith says:

    You deserve way more subs! As someone new to owning reptiles, I will definitely subscribe and continue to watch your videos (: Keep up the good work!

  2. Hunter Ellis says:

    I really love your enthusiasm

  3. I I says:

    I got a bearded dragon

  4. wesley hennessee says:

    Russian Tortoises are awesome, but another reason I think they shouldn't necessarily be considered good starter pets is the fact that most Russian tortoises are wild caught, so it's very common for them to have parasites. Also I just hate the fact that the pet trade is damaging the wild population so much. You can find captive bred ones, they're just much less common.

  5. GoldintoBlack02 says:

    Daily handling is excessive, I'd consider that overhandling. I tend to advise maximum 2-3 times a week for 15-30 minutes at a time, plus 48-72 hours after eating and no handling during a shed cycle. I personally handle my snakes once or twice a month or every other month, but I know most will want to handle their snakes more often, and that's a good guideline to set, and then adjust for your individual. Some snakes will be 100% hands-off because of their sensitivity to stress (such as my ball python). Snakes will become stressed far long before they'll stop eating, and too much stress can affect their health. Not all snakes will begin refusing food before they become too stressed. Constant defensive behavior, hiding away even when they should be active, and illnesses like RIs could be caused by stress. Some snakes have such strong feeding responses that this isn't enough to cause them to fast.

    I may have missed it in the video, but you seem to have only gone over reasons for not including BCI in your list. Two problems with this. 1) not all BCI get large, some localities average 3'-5' as adults and shouldn't exceed 6' – such as Tarahumaras, Nicaraguans (if pure), Crawl Cay, and several others within BCI and from other Boa constrictor subspecies (not including Hog Islands as they get the same size as "Colombians"). 2) "Boa" by itself refers to entire family of snakes, surely there's at least one boa that could have made the list? Rosy boas are tiny boas that stay 4' or under and are fairly arid, Kenyan sand boas stay 3' or under and are a desert species so they also have easy husbandry needs, and rubber boas stay about the same size with equally easy husbandry requirements but don't seem quite as common as the other two.

    I do also want to point out boa constrictors grow very very slowly, so a beginner could easily gather enough experience to handle a large boa by the time it gets large – so long as they will feasibly have the room for an adult's enclosure and they don't overfeed. Powerfed boas can large within a few years, but a properly fed one won't get big until 3-6+ years, depending on what you consider "large." I have two 2 year old Boa (constrictor) imperators, and they're 3.5'-4' long girls, I don't expect them to grow much more than a foot or half a foot in the next year. They're not underfed in the slightest, they're just not being power fed like a lot of snakes are (whether knowingly or not), so they're growing at a healthier rate. If the problem is room, then that keeper would be better off with a dwarf locality

  6. Ethan Rapuano says:

    how often should i feed my leopard gecko im feeding him crickets to and mealworms atm i want to transition him to dubias. btw i love your channel

  7. S. McGill says:

    Dear Houdini, who is your best friend?

  8. damit elephant says:

    Man, you've got some sexy snakes. Making me jealous af.

  9. Super King says:

    i dont understand all the ungrateful people in the world ???

  10. Austin Russum says:

    I subscribed. Specifically because of the high video / sound quality. It's hard to find that in the pet community on youtube. Keep it up.

  11. will is bot says:

    U deserve more subs

  12. LegenWrath says:

    great video it helped me a lot.

  13. LegenWrath says:

    great video it helped me a lot.

  14. Nateo greato reptiles says:

    Houdini why you running with your head in your shell

  15. Celtic Wanderer says:

    I love your energy clint! Keep making reptile videos and I will definitely watch em! You are a very knowledgeable source and I hope to see more in the future!!^-^

  16. Dyllpickle360 says:

    reptiles for intermediates?

  17. Jesse James says:

    Where's my seroquel clint! GODDAMN IT!!!

  18. Jack Lydon says:

    Love your videos, about to get a beardie for my birthday 👍🏼

  19. obviouslyvi says:

    your videos are so fun to watch aaa!! love all these vid ideas too!! anD THANK YOUUU!! -support the good pet stores!! @ Houdini i love u

  20. Bananarama says:

    When you're a noodle with a head the world is a dangerous place-clint 2017 lol I'm dead😂😂😂😊 (sorry nyan just had to comment that)

  21. Paul Hubbell says:

    can u mention my name in the next video that can you have a tree frog

  22. Paul Hubbell says:

    can you have a Komodo dragon on the video plz

  23. Classy Reptile Lady says:

    Best qoute I have ever heard!
    "When you're a noodle with a head, the world's a dangerous place"!
    I want that on a tee-shirt.
    Can you make that into some merch or something?
    I would buy that asap.

  24. LoungingLizards says:

    I can agree and disagree with the statement that pet stores are not good for buying reptiles. I got three out of four of my leopard geckos from my local Petsmart. I did it because the treatment of the geckos and all of the reptiles are great in the Petsmart in my area. The Petsmart in my area, keeps the geckos in separate tanks as much as possible, and if they keep them together, they only keep two maximum in one tank. My geckos are completely healthy and they are thriving in their current environment. The only thing I wish I did do, was get them from a good breeder, so that I could breed my males and females.
    But I do understand that people don't want to support Petco, I don't have one here in Ontario, and when I went to the states, the conditions of the animals was horrible. I had to leave the store just so that I could stop my self for wanting to yell at the manager.
    But I do have a locally run, reptile specialty shop her in my city, and I love going there for my feeders (they sell them in the 1000's for a good price) and they have a vast selection of reptiles available for purchase. I love to go into the store and buy my feeders then take a look around to see the amazing selection. All the more common reptiles like beardies, leopard geckos, ect… Are either bred by the owner, or bred by people that he knows and trusts with their care and quality animals. And the variety of different feeders that I can't get from Petsmart…amazing. I can never get Silk worms or Phoenix worms from Petsmart, but he has them there. In fact I am going to his store on Friday to pick up some Phoenix worms and crickets from him.
    Pet shops are evil. Like I said it depends on the store when it comes to Petsmart, and it depends on the type of store too. If you are looking at it from a species specific point of view.

  25. raelonewolf says:

    Here are my suggestions for top 5 worst reptiles for beginners:
    1. Anoles. People like to buy them because they are readily available just about anywhere, they're small, and they're probably the cheapest reptile you'll ever buy (just talking about cost of the reptile itself). But I think they're bad for beginners because they are very fast, do not tolerate handling very well, they bite, and while they are cheap, they still require the same set-up, care, and lighting that other diurnal reptiles need (calcium supplement, UVB lighting, heat, room to run/climb/hide).
    2. Terrapins (African Sideneck, Red-eared slider, etc.). The first reason these guys are bad for beginners are they have complex needs: they are omnivores who need a variety of formulated pellets, live insects, live or frozen/thawed fish, veggies, fruits. They also are semi-aquatic, and need plenty of space for swimming, walking, and basking. The second reason they are bad for beginners is because they are unfortunately invasive in many areas of the U.S. Many new reptile keepers realize after the fact what a big commitment they are, and have trouble re-homing them, so they release them into the environment, where they out-compete and sometimes eat native species, but nothing in that environment really knows how to eat them because they get so much larger than native terrapins.
    3. Chameleons. They're cute, amazing, and don't get too big, but many of them get stressed easily with handling, and they have very specific humidity/enclosure needs: they really need a constant mist for proper hydration, but you have to be careful because if their environment gets too humid, mold can grow and they can actually get what I guess is essentially a mold infection that usually best-case scenario means they need an emergency trip to the vet for amputation of the affected limb, and of course worst-case scenario it becomes deadly before you notice it in time to take action (an experienced keeper may not miss these signs, but a beginner keeper definitely could miss them).
    4. Bullfrogs. I know, they're not technically a reptile, but often in the pet trade "reptile" is used interchangeably with herps, and I think anyone considering keeping a pet herp for the first time should know about the issues with keeping bullfrogs. Bullfrogs are invasive where I live (Pacific Northwest), so there are some people who think catching and keeping a bullfrog (or bullfrog tadpole) as a pet is a good idea. While it might be okay for someone who really knows what they're getting into, they're just not a good fit for beginners. They get enormous, they're really loud (so definitely not a good option for apartment dwellers), they eat a lot (for a frog), and the main reason I think they're not a good idea for beginners is that they are illegal to release (at least in areas where they are invasive). I think people think "Oh I'll catch one, and if it doesn't work out, big deal, I'll just put it back where I found it." The problem is is if you live in an area where they are invasive, catching and releasing a bullfrog is considered a crime, even if you only caught it for two seconds and then let it go. This seems like a strict law, but the reason for it is so that pet owners bringing them into an environment and releasing them can't use the "I just found it here" excuse; once you catch one of these frogs, they are your responsibility, and if they end up not working out for you, there really aren't many resources for re-homing them, unless you surrender them to a wildlife department where it will be euthanized.
    5. Iguana. Maybe this one isn't very fair to put on the list, but I think it's something for new reptile keepers to keep in mind. For one thing, they start out as adorable little babies, but they get huge. This means they need large enclosures and maybe even open space to roam for at least part of the day. They also need appropriate lighting/heating for those big enclosures, so that could get expensive. They also need lots of different fresh vegetables (which I guess isn't really that big of a deal for some people).
    6 (bonus). Big snakes. You kind of touched on this a little bit with the common boa, but I'm talking about REALLY big snakes: Burmese pythons, African rock pythons, anacondas, etc. These are all snakes that can't be safely handled by just one person (so it's not just one person making a long-term commitment, it's at least two or more depending on how big the snake can get). Definitely not something anyone new (or even intermediate) to keeping reptiles should really be considering. (I think it could maybe even be argued that they aren't a good idea for anyone, but I would say even if you do think they're alright to keep as pets, they definitely aren't for beginners.)

    Anyway, those are just some I thought of. I also think maybe a best beginner reptile(s) that you did not include would be the smaller boas: Kenyan sand boas and Rosy boas. They don't get large (Kenyan sand boas max at 3 ft, Rosy boas max at 4 ft), they're docile, easy to handle, and their cage set-up isn't too complicated.

  26. Justin Welsh says:

    You seemed so much more at ease in this video than some others. Like what you were saying was less forced and straight from the heart. Keep up the great work

  27. Calvin Credle Sr says:

    Great info

  28. Carly Cotton-Candy says:

    this is a SPECTACULAR video

  29. Bobbi Jacobs says:

    I love your channel! one thing I thought you could consider adding, especially to beginner-focused vids, is life span information. a lizard that lives over 10 years can be a pro for some and a con for others! just a thought, keep it up!

  30. Catie F says:

    I would push people to go to the reptile expos (at least around me) if they were looking for something less expensive (also a lot of the stores I see their reptiles look too skinny). A lot of the pet stores in my area ask a good bit more than the breeders at the nearby expo (I've seen triple sometimes). So it becomes worth it in gas and entrance fee to go to the expo, plus you get the bonus of talking to the breeder.

  31. Gijay Sorez says:

    Noodle with a head lmao

  32. Elijah Bloomfield says:

    I'm about to get a zero bear die I'm naming it sub zero

  33. Veronika W says:

    Dear Houdini, I wonder, how old are you? Also….video about a russian tortoise would be awesome!

  34. Danny Robins says:

    Such amazing channel

  35. Dude awesome bro 93 says:

    Would you do a armadillo lizard video and about the different types and how to keep them

  36. RunningWild says:

    Noodle with a head 😂😂

  37. atvar8 says:

    Awesome job with your videos mate. I've got a Milk Snake, and he was my second reptile, but really the first one I've had for any length. The first one was actually a garter snake I had rescued from running underneath my lawnmower. I caught him just before he went under, stuck him in an aquarium, but decided wild should stay wild, so I let him go and picked up a milk snake someone was giving away. I've never been struck at by my Milk Snake, (the Garter did repeatedly, but hey, wild is wild right?) in fact he's more likely to hide than strike… but that may just be mine.

  38. z0vc says:

    I usually see milk snakes and king snakes being classified as separate species, even though they are both pretty much identical, Really I don't know of anything that makes a milk snake different from a king snake besides the name

  39. Mely Em says:

    I love your videos!!!!

  40. Marshal Law Morphs says:


  41. Adam Glass the Snass says:

    I just got a ball python best pet hands down. She is great and just a fun fun snake

  42. geo dragon says:

    Hey i love breaded dragon. Like you said blue tough scinck is better than a bready rude

  43. Olivia Jarbeau says:

    I’ve watched just about all your videos and I finally realized who you remind me of: Steve Irwin. You have the positivity, enthusiasm and knowledge he had and it’s absolutely wonderful. Thank you for the consistently great content and attitude!

  44. M&M says:

    13:29 the food eats the predator, may be injure tho eating is a bit to far

  45. Darius White says:

    do one for uromastyx plz!

  46. Jude's Channel says:


  47. * Who gives a rats ass * says:

    I love my Russian Tortoise. He is fantastic. Small, personable, easy to care for (compared to other turtles). Thanks for mentioning them and I look forward to great videos in the future!

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  49. Genny Zammit says:

    Hi Clint, My son and I recently found you and have been watching all your videos and we just love you! He loves your humerus expressions as do I…he will often replay…what he calls your “funny faces” And freeze frame them….p.s. we “play” …lol…with our reptiles too😜😜I’m a huge animal lover always have been love your Chanel.

  50. Eli Johnson says:

    Maybe try some amphibian videos

  51. the crew says:


  52. Starry G says:

    I might be getting a first reptile in few weeks, I live in a house with my mom and dad, two dogs, two cats that are pretty easygoing, what reptile do you think would be good? I'd really appreciate it.
    I'd like a reptile to chill with while I sit on my bed. I'd also like a reptile with a personality that I could bond with.

  53. Kathy Schloss says:

    New leopard gecko owner and I'm just chuffed that there are so many informative, educational, and entertaining channels regarding reptile care. I've learned so much since bringing my gecko home and I feel like I am starting to get the hang of reptile care. (I've long been a mammal pet owner, but I've never had a reptile before.) Your channel is fantastic, so funny. You're a phenomenal teacher!

  54. Sir Silco says:

    Rapidly became my favourite channel to watch. Really want to keep a reptile and thats 50% how much I love them and 50% your enthusiasm! Torn between a hognose snake or a Jeweled lacerta. I'd love a Tegu one day

  55. TheGreyWizard says:

    Ur The best

  56. TheGreyWizard says:

    Ur The best Clint i love ur vids ❤️❤️

  57. Halena Armstrong says:

    do you own or thinking about owning a panther chameleon?

  58. James Loehr says:

    To me the biggest con of ball pythons is they are picky eaters and notorious fasters. They also require humidity. I think the rosey boa is actually a better beginner snake. Because they are better eaters and do not require high humidity. The con of rosey boas, is they do not come in as many morphs as ball pythons, they are less common and harder to find. They are generally more expensive to buy, but not very pricey.

  59. James Loehr says:

    I get most of my reptiles from exotic arc pets. Which is a local pet store that specializes in mainly reptiles. The owner even provides Alice cooper with his snakes for his shows. The rest I get from reptile expos. Where you sometimes find the less common, yet great pet reptiles.

  60. Riot Breaker says:

    I'm planning on getting a reptile, but I'm pretty nervous about it, maybe this'll help.

  61. Robbie Hussey says:


  62. Audie Murphy says:

    I have no problem feeding LIVE RODENTS to my CA king snake. I know she loves constricting a live rodent just as she would in natural environment. AND i love watching her dispatching those LIVE MICE with her constriction – joys of keeping CA KING SNAKE. this comment is specifically for those who had negative comments about feeding live rodents. I love PLAYING with my king snake and i do it very often. it does not impact her feeding at all. I watched her take down 6 LIVE MICE and it was great!!

  63. Nora Golding says:

    Absolutely great video!! This has really helped me and offered great advice on possible reptiles. I'm looking into different reptiles for my first, and beardies, leopards, and blue tongues have caught my attention the most. I've heard people carry around their blue tongues in hoodie pouches so they don't fall, is this okay for them? And would that work for leopards as well? I know beardies can't sit on your shoulder and probably be okay. I'd just really like to be able to bring my lizard out with me when I walk to the store or something.

  64. Akehap Kap says:

    The Russian tortoise is on the list of animals on brink of extinction. A lot has been smuggled in Europe and Scandinavia from the wild, and it should be respected. If you get a Russian tortoise make sure it’s been bred by people.

  65. Blue Hunter says:

    8:55 too true… when I got my very first KSB, I wasn't familiar with unhealthy signs, and ended up buying one from a breeder that I found out only a day later after a friend pointed it out that she had a major RI to the point she was gasping for air and bubbling. They told me she was yawning cause she was about to shed, well she did shed but she kept her mouth hung open and bubbling. We ended up giving her back, but Im almost certain she died. Next time I got my current adult KSB, i made sure to check it more thoroughly and this time I got a healthy one who is still doing well.

    12:55 also true. I started with pre-killed hoppers and my KSB ate one, and never ate another one. I tried a few more times, and still no. She wouldn't eat for 4 weeks, so I tried a live mouse, and she ate it in a heart beat. She refuses to eat anything but live kill, and Ive tried the whole warm up the meal or chicken broth tricks, nope.. only live.

    15:00 also, there are pet stores that are nice. Petsmart and Petco, not a good idea. However the Pet Bazaar pet store by my house is a very nice, clean, local breeder supplied store that also has very helpful staff and will willingly answer all your "stupid" beginner questions with a smile. Not all pet stores are terrible, but yeah I would stay away from the huge ones like Petsmart.

  66. Shaggy420 says:

    I think the best place to get reptiles is the humane society or reptile rescues that rehome. Reputable breeders is a close second though.

  67. stefanie mortelmans says:

    Is that boa a hypo?

  68. inue windwalker says:

    Back when I was looking for a pet I knew I wanted a reptile… I LOVE cats and dogs but they die much faster and I don't have the heart to lose another one

    But the main thing that made me choose a ball python was that a they're less likely to bite you than a boa
    They also are much smaller

  69. Cleo Alvaro says:

    I flippin love this guy!

  70. Jase says:

    I know this video is old but I found your top 5 best beginner pet reptiles video and after seeing how well you communicated with your audience, I instantly subbed. I hope you guys will keep this stuff up in the future!

  71. RoughNek72 says:

    Thank you for doing this, love watching your videos!!! Could you do what size of enclosure for any particular reptile that you are doing a video on? Just to help get a good idea.

  72. Mckade Ballance says:

    Dear Houdini,
    I think you did great in this video but maybe next time share the spot light with Clint a little I mean it is his show afterall.

  73. Rainbowskye1968 says:

    Hey Clint's Reptiles: Could you also emphasize the fact that there are a number of reptile rescues out there, with pets looking for a good forever home, as well? Just one more place that people shopping for that perfect pet might consider, in addition to pet shops and breeders. Thanks. 😀

  74. Michele Fields says:

    I love your videos and your enthusiasm!

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  76. Music Fanatic says:

    Do a reptile room tour

  77. MattTheCat says:

    if I knew him, Clint would be my best friend.

  78. SilverLotusGirl says:

    Can you do a video on how to identify a healthy animal from breeders or expos? And how not to get duped by sellers.

  79. Rock Tofin says:

    1000th like

  80. Jude UK says:

    Can you do a video about convincing parents to give your reptile mammals it would help so much! Nice video very informative I'm a big fan

  81. Ryzer's Stuff says:

    I can get blue tounged skinks for 35$ EASILY, so i am getting a blue tounged skink ( in 5 months ), thank you clint

  82. noel guzman says:

    I know you won’t probably read this or even come by it but I just wanted to say thank you for helping me out on this. I had a dream of owning an iguana but you showed me that they are unpredictable so I decided to go for a Ball Python thank you again

  83. JessieJoystick says:


  84. Mother Kiwi says:


  85. aaron spahr says:

    New avid looker, and potential snake owner (ball python), you made it easy to fall in love with them, and there sensitive like nature. Honestly I've been super intimidated by the idea of owning a reptile, or snake specifically. Since I find a lot of symbolism, and spiritual meaning tied to them, I was excited to venture for something new! I have a natural love for animals, and future calling for a vet. So i didn't want to be afraid of things with scales or slime! So thank you for showing, explaining, and making it easy to learn to love my fears for "Mr/Ms.Slithers." (Future snake snake)<3

    Also, someone was enjoying them snacks in the background, om nom nom nom xD

  86. God of Beans says:

    I got an ad for a home security system and it showed various scary things and one of them was a ball python which I just find really funny and also kind of sad how ignorant our culture is about snakes.

  87. Mark Hiller says:

    Just watched your best pet reptiles video I have all but one of those reptiles

  88. That random Guy says:

    My mom won’t let me:p

  89. Kate Lillo says:

    They might not need social interaction, but taking them out and handling them or letting them explore is still stimulation and I would argue that most cognizant creatures benefit from stimulation. From watching videos of people who keep hot snakes (which I have zero experience with) it appears that those snakes that are left in their enclosure nearly all the time are easily over stimulated and therefore stressed out by, well, everything, and I would assume that’s simply a result of the snake not being desensitized to multiple stimuli 🤔

  90. Cherry Animation says:

    Is a garter snake a good Bigener

  91. Ruff the Golden Retriver says:

    I really loved the part on why blueys weren’t on the list. I recently got a bluey (I’m under 13) and he’s one of the best pets I’ve ever had, even though I’ve only had him for a few days. You made some great points, really love your videos! Keep up the great work!

  92. latieplolo says:

    I’d love to see some care information for the small, cheap animals that people consider disposable. It’s so hard to find good information for green anoles and long tailed lizards, for example.

  93. K1ngw1ng Jr says:

    Do you where contacts it looks like you should where glasses

  94. Borderbumble says:

    I only wished I had you in my life when I was a kid. I might have had a reptile in my life… like the California desert rosy boa that wound up on my doorstep. (Mom hates snakes! Aw…) But you're here now.

  95. skszacia says:

    I would love to see your video on Tokay geckos! Not that I'm ever planning to get one.. And not that I currently or ever taken care of pet reptiles, although when the moment is right I am definitely going to. I just love your videos and learning all the new information (during this video I even played a game of guessing why certain species didn't make it onto the list).

  96. Tilda the Dog says:

    Skinks look like otters with scales…

  97. Reptile The First says:

    Hello Clint, i live in Izmir, Turkey and can you give me a good place to buy a "Common Leopard Gecko" or a specifict thing like look this in a petshop you buy the reptile. (sorry for my bad english)

  98. Gamer Raichu says:

    "Along with a bit of praise, we also got a fair number of criticisms…"
    His face just fell when he said that… goodness. He looked so sad ;-;

  99. Keep_It_Cotoure says:

    I’ve heard, now take this with a grain of salt, in Australia, a lot of keepers will recommend blue tongue skinks above bearded dragons for beginner lizards. Again, I’ve only heard this from one person (Brian Barczyck) so take that with a grain of salt.

  100. Gavin Russell says:

    You should make a video on the best beginner breeder reptiles next.

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