Italy, Spain top reptile ownership in Europe 2018

Italy, Spain and Germany held the largest populations of reptile pets in Europe in 2018.

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The European Pet Food Federation (FEDIAF) estimated the European population of reptile pets, both native and exotic, in 2018. The agency published that data in the report “FEDIAF Facts & Figures 2018.” The report presented the European populations of pet dogs, cats and other pets along with other data on EU member and other European pet food markets, along with Turkey.

Two warm countries, Italy and Spain, led the list, although chillier Germany took third place in terms of overall population of reptile pets.

  1. Italy - 1,360,000
  2. Spain - 1,075,000
  3. Germany - 1,000,000
  4. France - 950,000
  5. Russia - 900,000
  6. United Kingdom - 900,000
  7. Switzerland - 370,000
  8. Netherlands - 310,000
  9. Poland - 200,000
  10. Turkey - 180,000

Top 10 per capita reptile ownership in Europe 2018

While Spain and Italy remained in the top three, Switzerland was home to the highest per capita population of reptile pets in Europe in 2018.

  1. Switzerland - 0.0430 reptiles per person
  2. Spain - 0.0231
  3. Italy - 0.0230
  4. Netherlands - 0.0181
  5. France - 0.0145
  6. United Kingdom - 0.0134
  7. Germany - 0.0121
  8. Belgium - 0.0078
  9. Russia - 0.0063
  10. Poland - 0.0053

The per capita population of cats in each nation was estimated by dividing the cat population from the FEDIAF report by the approximate human population of each country in 2018. Human population data was taken from, which elaborated the numbers using United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division figures.

About European Pet Food Federation

The European Pet Food Federation represents the European pet food industry with around 200 production sites. It is an umbrella organization of national pet food industry associations. FEDIAF’s mission is to be the voice of the European pet food industry collaborating with authorities, regulators and academics for achieving favorable conditions for the supply of safe, nutritious and palatable products to pets and their owners. Based in Brussels, FEDIAF states that is is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, to the wellbeing of pet animals, to their important social role and to sustainable development.

The annual Facts & Figures from FEDIAF are compiled using figures from FEDIAF and its member associations and estimations based upon where indicated.

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