Do Betta Fish Have Teeth? Do They Bite? 0 44

Given that they are also known as “Siamese fighting fish” it makes sense that people often ask two questions about bettas.

“Do betta fish have teeth?”


“Do betta fish bite?”

Some people wonder if they are going to get injured when they put their hand into a tank containing bettas!

The good news is that you don’t need to worry. Here’s why…

Do betta fish have teeth?

The simple answer to the question, do better fish have teeth, is yes they do. But you shouldn’t start panicking just yet. Remember, these are really small fish. We’re not talking about you having a Great White Shark in your tank!

Betta fish have teeth that suit their size. They are really tiny and white in colour. Often you have to look at a betta fish up close to even notice the teeth. Sometimes you even have to use a microscope before they are visible.

As you can imagine, teeth this size aren’t capable of doing much damage to a human, but even so… do betta fish bite?

Do betta fish bite?

If you’re wondering whether your betta fish will ever bite you, the answer is yes they might. It depends on the nature of the individual fish. Some bettas have been known to jump out of the water to nibble on a finger. It’s also quite common for bettas to look like piranhas at feeding time, when they are scrambling to get their food.

This is where any piranha resemblance ends though! Remember, we said that betta fish have tiny teeth. They may be able to rip the fins of another betta fish, but the most they will do to your finger is tickle it. You’ll be able to feel the sensation but it won’t be painful.

Often, betta fish will nibble at your fingers out of curiosity, or because they think they may be food. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are hungry though. Bettas love to eat and will do so whether they are hungry or not. Remember, it’s dangerous to overfeed them.

So, betta fish do have teeth and betta fish do bite, but you don’t have to worry about either of these facts. The pressure of a nibble from a betta fish is no more than the pressure you would use on a computer keyboard. They may think they’re tough but they are no match for a human being. Your betta fish is way too small to do you any damage!

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3 lizards that are great for first-time owners 0 124


Unusual pets have become more popular and accessible in recent years, with many more people considering exotic pets than before. Reptiles have become particularly popular, with the range of lizards available in the UK wider than ever. Here, we’ll list a few of the best lizards for beginners in terms of pet care.

Bearded Dragons

The single most popular reptile on the market today, bearded dragons are docile and friendly, and have no problem being handled by humans. Aside from this quality, bearded dragons are also a manageable size when fully grown, with the largest species reaching around 60cm tip to tip. This means they’ll be large enough to handle with ease and safety, but not so large that caring for them becomes a burden.

Leopard Geckos

Geckos are another type of lizard that has become exceedingly popular with first-time reptile owners. There are many owners and dealers who strive to own as many different species of gecko as possible. Most geckos are fast, and the sticky pads on their toes mean they can scale walls and escape from handlers fairly easily. However, leopard geckos are slow, docile, and lack the sticky toe pads. This makes them an easy and beautiful addition to your first vivarium. Furthermore, leopard geckos are quite hardy, and not as susceptible to diseases. They’re also smaller than bearded dragons and other common domestic lizards, with adults typically reaching a maximum of 25cm. This makes it easy to set them up with a comfortable and compact vivarium while you get used to reptile care.


Like bearded dragons, uromastyx enjoy human contact, which makes them perfect for owners who have only ever cared for mammals before. Furthermore, unlike many other reptiles, they feed almost exclusively on plants. This makes them easy to shop for, and a no-brainer for anyone who’s squeamish about insects. Having said that, uromastyx can be a strain on your energy bill, requiring a basking spot kept at 35 degrees Celsius to stay happy and healthy. Still, if you can afford this and love the look of these distinctive lizards, a uromastyx can make a great introductory pet lizard.

Essential considerations when buying a tortoise 0 126

Keeping a tortoise as a pet

If you love reptiles, you may have toyed with the idea of owning a pet tortoise. These are truly fascinating creatures, having lived alongside the dinosaurs. Over millions of years of evolution, tortoises have grown to require fairly specific needs. However, they can be loving and fairly low-maintenance pets if you approach tortoise care in the right way. Here are a few things to think about before getting your tortoise.

Choosing a breed

Tortoises are very diverse animals, and different breeds will work better for different lifestyles. Russian, Bell, and Forest Hingeback tortoises are fairly small, growing up to 8.5”. Red Foots are a mid-range breed, growing up to 14”, while African Spur Thighs are a notably large breed, with some adults weighing well over 150 pounds. While vivariums and similar enclosures are fine for young tortoises and particularly small breeds, most will require some outdoor space to keep them in.

General supplies

As with any unusual pets, you need to ensure you have all the right supplies to keep your tortoise happy and healthy in its new home. When kept indoors, your tortoise will need a basking light to draw energy from, as well as a florescent UVB light to help it process vitamins and minerals healthily. To ensure the UVB rays are enough for your tortoise, set reminders to yourself to change them once every 6-8 months. A large water bowl is needed for drinking and soaking. Finally, your tortoise will need a heating pad. This will warm its belly, and help with its digestion.


Like many other animals, infant and adolescent tortoises will need extra nutritional care to help them grow healthily. To this end, make sure you’re keeping them on a balanced diet of crispy, easily-digestible food, like grasses and leafy green vegetables. It’s also a good idea to get them some calcium and vitamin supplements. As their jaws mature, you can move them onto more solid foods like fruits. Fully-grown tortoises will be able to manage darker leafy greens, along with a wider range of go-to reptile food, such as fruits, earthworms, and crickets. If you’re ever unsure of what you should be giving your tortoise based on their age and breed, consult your vet.

Find out more about caring for your pet tortoise