TERMS OF SALE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All credit card purchase must be a minimum of $5.00
All reptile sales are final once the reptile leaves the shop, no refunds. The return of animals is not accepted. 

TERMS OF SALE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

At leaping lizards we offer healthy captive bred reptiles. At the time of sale we guarantee that our reptiles are 100% healthy. As a purchaser you are welcome to inspect the animals for yourself before you buy. All of our reptiles are bright eyed, clean, active, and eating very well. Here at leaping lizards we can provide the necessary information for you to care for your animals.

But it is also important that you do your research before you get a reptile, or your kids get a reptile. This usually means going to a local herpetological society, finding information online, current books and magazines on the subject, to get information on how the animal lives and what it requires. Its important to understand that some reptiles require more time, care, food and effort then other reptiles. Unfortunately many people, parents, kids or spouses get a reptile not realizing the kind of care their new pet needs.

Another thing to consider is that a child that is six, sixteen, or even an adult, may lose interest in their reptile after the initial thrill has worn off, especially for those who acquire reptiles that are more work than they bargained for. Food preparation, cleaning and disinfecting the enclosure, checking the water, the temperatures, taming it, lighting and heating and food supplies, veterinary care because one or more of the above weren’t provided or done. Therefore because we have no way of knowing the care it is receiving outside of our shop, all reptile sales are final so its important to make your selection of a new pet carefully. If after your purchase you have any questions about the way your keeping the reptile or feeding questions or behavior questions you are welcome to contact the shop.

Keeping reptiles is a major responsibility and life-long commitment. The life of the reptile may exceed your child’s middle school, high school and college years, and depending on the species of reptile you get (turtles or tortoises and some lizards) may out live you. It is not something to be done lightly, or with the thought that if it doesn’t work out, or the child gets bored, you can simply just give it to a pet store or a zoo or sell it. Being tired of the care, the cost, the food, is not a good enough reason to potentially put the life of an animal at risk.

Here are some things to consider when getting your new pet.

How much money can you spend?
The cost of the reptile is generally the cheapest part of getting a reptile. You will need to buy the enclosure, furnishings, substrate, lighting and supplies, heating, cleaning equipment, and food.

How much room can you spare for an enclosure?
A common mistakes is people buy enclosures that are too small for the reptile. The enclosure may fit the animal at the time of purchase, but reptiles grow, and can often reach adult size within a year or two.

Can you feed one animal to another?
Most snakes and lizards that eat rodents, some eat live, but many will happily take killed prey, and for their own safety and for the humane treatment of the prey, should be fed killed prey. Your family will need to accept the fact that in the freezer is a bag or two of mice or rats.

Can you prepare fresh foods on a regular basis?
When you own an herbivorous lizard or tortoise, or an omnivorous lizard or turtle, you must be prepared to buy a variety of vegetables, greens, and fruits.

Can you afford the upkeep?
This includes regular changes of substrate, cleaning supplies, appropriate and sufficient food, veterinary care, as well as lighting and heating equipment and supplies, this often includes special and expensive UVB fluorescent bulbs that need to be replaced every 6-12 months.

Here is a list of Suitable beginner reptiles
Suitable beginner lizards include leopard geckos, crested geckos, bearded dragons, skinks. Snakes include, corn snakes, king snakes, and ball pythons. 

If you are buying a reptile for child, the parents must do the taming, not the child. Parents need to watch over all the interactions between child and reptile even when the reptile is very tame. No reptile is easy enough to care for to be left strictly to a child to care for. Most reptiles are skittish when you first get them (even species recommended as good starter reptiles) and need to be handled carefully. Kids are prone to just drop the animal who starts thrashing or entwining around their fingers or arm. An adult must always do the initial handling, keeping close supervision until they are satisfied that the child is capable of not being freaked out and the animal appears comfortable being held by the child. Reptiles can be seriously, even fatally injured by being clutched too hard by an over eager child. If your child can’t hold the reptile gently enough, they should not be allowed to hold the reptile until they are old enough to control how tightly they hold onto the reptile.