Introduction to Reptile Keeping

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If you are interested in keeping Reptiles learn the knowledge and skills to get started with this course. Learn how to attain optimal husbandry for a range of species.

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Course Information

  • Animal welfare and reptiles
  • Choosing the right reptile
  • Food and feeding and feed plans
  • Enclosure size and shape
  • Heating and temperature gradients
  • Lighting and light gradients
  • Humidity: managing the muggy
  • Making a house a habitat
  • Expecting optimal welfare
  • Common ailments and treatments
  • Handling and holding your nerve

How to get to us


Students can travel from East Leeds to Temple Newsam via the FlexiBus and it
will bring you directly into the estate. The bus can be ordered 1 hour before it
is required and operates between 7am- 7pm Monday – Saturday. Fares start from
just £1.20. You can learn more about the designated routes, booking information
and the FlexiBus app via their website.

East Leeds | Metro (

Alternative bus services that run in the area include the 19 and 19A. It is a
short walk from the bus stop to the college buildings.

Campus bus:

The campus bus will run from Leeds bus station directly to Temple Newsam
every day. It will cost £5 per week and is only bookable once the learner

By train:

Temple Newsam is located 1.9 miles from Cross Gates train station, an
approximate 35-minute walk.

By car:

From the M1 take junction 46. Temple Newsam is a short drive from this exit,
there is on-site parking available.


Who is this course for?

This course is designed for anyone that would like to learn more about keeping reptiles at home.

Units / Modules

This course is non-regulated but will include information on the following:

  • Husbandry
  • Handling
  • Health
  • Temperature and humidity
  • Correct reptile selection
  • Lighting
  • Habitat design

Benefits / Skills

The course will cover everything you need to become a great reptile keeper including safe and effective handling techniques.

Assessment Types

There will be no formal assessment for this qualification however learners will be expected to take notes on the workbook provided, this can then be referred to.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Career Progression

There are additional courses within this school that might be of interest such as dog walking, pet sitting and poultry keeping for beginners.

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Course Details


6 hours

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Course Facts

Trips and Opportunities

Learn reptile specific animal welfare requirements


Learn how to correctly handle a range of species


Learn how to provide optimal welfare for a range of reptile species

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