How Long Do Betta Fish Live? 0 194

How long do betta fish live?

As with other small aquarium fish, people often assume that the lifespan of the betta fish is rather short, and that their fish will only survive for a year or two. But is this true? How long do betta fish live?

In this article, we will discuss how long betta fish live for on average, plus factors that can influence the health and lifespan of your fish.

How long do betta fish live?

Kept within a suitable environment, a healthy betta fish of either sex can be expected to live for at least three years. In some cases, however, owners have reported betta fish living for as long as ten years within their tank, though this is quite rare!

How you care for your fish, accommodate for their needs and keep them safe from predators will dictate how long your own betta is likely to live.

The danger of fighting

One of the biggest risks to the health and longevity of the male betta is their tendency to fight with other males! This is of course how they acquired the name “Siamese fighting fish.”

Unless you keep a really large aquarium with plenty of room for different territories, it is strongly discouraged to keep more than one male betta together. Injuries, infections and other side effects of fighting can all shorten the lifespan of your bettas, and in some cases, two territorial males will fight to the death.

In addition to this, the bright colors of the betta and their long, trailing fins and tails will make them a target for some other breeds of fish, who may nip at their fins and chase after them.

Other factors that affect how long betta fish live

The tank conditions and living environment of your fish will of course contribute to how long they live. As with any other fish, it is important to provide enough room in the tank for all of your fish and ensure that the filtration is adequate and the water quality suitable for their needs.

Bettas also need to be fed an appropriate diet. You can find betta-specific fish food offered for sale in larger aquarium retailers and online.

All of this will help to ensure that your betta stays fit and healthy, and lives to a good old age.

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Should you choose a chameleon as a pet? 0 1076

Pet chameleon

Chameleons are not the easiest pet to take care of, and are more for the advanced reptile enthusiast. That said, they are beautiful creatures and they can thrive if well looked after.

Our pet care advice below will help you decide whether a chameleon is right for you:

Different types of chameleon

There are a few different chameleons suitable to be kept as pets: The Veiled or Yemen Chameleon is one of the easier species to keep. They can grow to two feet, so make sure you consider that when buying a cage.

Panther Chameleons are active during the day, and require a similar environment to the veiled chameleon. They grow up to about 20 inches.

Jackson’s chameleons are the smallest of these three breeds, and grow to around 10 inches. Some species of Jackson’s chameleons also have a horn.

All chameleons prefer not to be handled, and need to be housed on their own. If you want to breed your chameleons, make sure you look into this carefully.

Getting the environment right

A chameleon’s natural habitat is the humid rainforests and arid deserts, so they need a humid environment with enough space to allow for their tree climbing – the minimum size is three feet by three feet by four feet tall.

You’ll need to include lots of tree branches and foliage within the cage. The chameleon likes to bask, and you’ll need different basking spots, in a range of different temperatures, depending on your type of chameleon.

You’ll also need UV lighting that’s designed for reptiles as well as a misting system if you’re not going to be there to ensure humidity is at the right level. Misting needs to take place twice a day.

Feeding your chameleon

Chameleons are insectivores, and so a mixed diet of crickets, roaches, and worms is their preferred menu. Some also like vegetation such as fruits and vegetables.

Chameleons don’t drink from a bowl, preferring to take droplets of water from the leaves, so it’s important you’re misting twice a day, or providing a water system that drips.

With the right pet care, chameleons are a fascinating pet to keep, but are probably not for you if you want a reptile to handle. You’ll also need to put time into making sure their environment is right, as they can easily get sick if not.

Five snakes that are good for beginner reptile keepers 0 411

Pet Ball Python pet

Snakes are the most popular reptile pet to keep, but are they easy to look after? They do make unusual pets, but with good pet care – the right equipment, food and environment – they will thrive.

If you’re a beginner, what snake should you get to start you off? Here’s our rundown of five snakes that will make a great pet for first time snake keepers.

Corn Snake

Corn snakes are one of the most popular first time snakes to buy. They don’t grow too big – an adult corn snake needs a 20 gallon tank. They will live for around 20 years.

They’re easy to handle and to look after. They feed on mice. Corn snakes are quite active, so will need time outside their tank for exercise.

Royal or Ball Python

The royal python (also known as the ball python) can live for up to 30 years, and grow up to five feet.

Royal pythons are a timid species, so don’t appreciate much handling – they need somewhere to hide within their tank. For tank size allow 1 square foot to each foot of snake in length.

Royals eat mice or rats, depending on the size of their mouth.

King Snake

King snakes live for about 15 years. There are lots of different types, with some growing up to six feet.

King snakes are active, so will need time out of their tank, and can bite when cornered, but with careful and regular handling should settle.

They feed on mice and rats, and need the same sized tank proportions as a royal python.

Rosy Boa

Rosy boas are fairly docile, but can bite if caught unaware. Rosy boas grow to about four feet in length and will live for about 30 years. They need a reasonable size tank, and places to hide as well. Rosy boas feed on mice.

Garter snake

Garter snakes grow up to three foot long, and live to about 10 years.

They need around a 29 gallon tank to be comfortable. Garter snakes do eat mice, but prefer fish, and food like frogs, so it’s best to give them a varied diet.