Building a Terrarium for Your Pet Reptile
There are certain materials that are better for building a reptile terrarium and there are a number of natural products you can use in the terrarium to make a lifelike environment for your lizard or snake or other reptilian friend.
While many materials can and should be used to make a naturalistic enclosure these can also lead to less room so a person needs to make sure there is sufficient room for the intended reptile to properly move about and to feed etc...
Another important fact to consider when putting together a terrarium is that an open enclosure design is a far better habitat for a lot of reptile species than a glass tank or enclosure.
Why? Because in their natural environment they have a lot of fresh air supplied to them which allows much needed circulation. If you keep this fact in mind and plan accordingly you will have much more success with your pet reptile.
Some things you will need in your terrarium are:
**Exactly what you use depends on species**
For the Habitat use:
* screen or a screen and glass terrarium
For the Bedding use:
* sterile soil, digestible sand, bark bedding, aspen, coconut fiber, corn cob
For a Hiding place use:
* rock caves, logs or hollow logs decorative pet items
For a Basking area use:
* flat rocks, branches, artificial or natural logs that are hollowed and for basking these all should be smooth
For Plants use:
* reptile safe non-toxic live plants like philodendron, artificial plants
For Branches use:
* Natural wood or artificial for climbing
Now, put some bedding into the bottom, choose your decorations and other materials and place a lamp for reptiles above the terrarium.
Choose your pet's home wisely based on some research about the pet reptile you really want and do your best to create a terrarium that looks natural to your new companion.
There is one thing you should remember in choosing your terrarium and that is they are aquariums and designed usually for fish. And, at the most, the lids are only partially adapted to a reptiles needs.
At the least these lids are usually not high enough for a reptile. Whit this said, you can find a terrarium made of all nylon material that might be quite adequate for you to use for your reptile terrarium.
Supplies for Your Reptile Pet
Pet Reptile Cages
Reptile Misting Systems
Wholesale Reptile Pets
Reptile Pet Shops