what to do with reptiles when power goes out

What to Do When the Power Goes Out and You Have Reptiles

Reptiles are one of the most beloved animals to keep as pets but they have special needs they must be met to keep them healthy. When the power goes out unexpectedly, it’s important to know what steps to take to keep your reptiles safe and comfortable.


Heat lamps are a must for reptiles! In most climates, the house will stay cool without heating, but if it dips too low, your reptiles may become sick or lethargic. Consider purchasing alternative means of heating such as ceramic heaters, hot rocks, and insulation for your tanks.


Lighting is essential for your reptiles! Without light, their digestion can be affected and their moods can be impacted. Invest in a battery-powered reptile-safe light for the enclosures. Additionally, you may want to set up a generator to keep your reptiles happy and healthy.


Now that your reptile is secure and healthy, it is time to think about food! Feeding your reptiles is more challenging when the power is out. However, there are a few options you can use.

  • Freeze-dried foods. Freeze-dried foods can be stored and can be safely used in the event of a power loss.
  • Insects. If you’re able to, head out and catch some bugs for your reptiles. Be sure to check with your local officials for what is safe to catch.
  • Plants. If you have a safe area to grow greens and vegetables, these are a great way to feed your reptiles when power is out.


Reptiles need both water and a place to drink it. It’s best to purchase a reserve tank in case of power outages. Make sure to fill it enough to last when outages occur.


It is important to be prepared in case of a power outage. Make sure your reptiles have a secure and comfortable environment to live in while you wait for the power to come back on. Purchase alternative heating sources and battery-powered lights, prepare a food plan, and have a water reserve. By following these tips, you can keep your reptiles healthy and happy during a power-less situation.

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