What is the biggest favor you can do for your pet reptile to make it feel at home?
Simulate your reptile’s tank (vivarium) as close as possible to its natural habitat! It’s as simple as that. Researching your reptile and its interactions with its natural habitat and constructing a reptile tank to mirror that environment can boost your reptile’s personality, while making it feel more comfortable around you and save you from having to deal with a reptile that simply hates how you decorated its tank as if you were Ray Charles with a interior design license.
Variety is the Spice of Life!
Once you’ve done your research, you can have some fun by mix-and-matching different textures in your reptile tank. As long as the material isn’t too foreign to its natural environment, creatively place natural or natural-looking materials into the reptile tank. If you own or want to own an iguana, putting at least 4 different textured branches and 3 varied live plants inside the reptile tank along with 10 different textured stones can keep your iguana’s interest level high. If you own a bearded dragon, I recommend mixing different colored sands (like red and white) on the bottom of the reptile vivarium and including 2 different textured huts to hide in. This will never cease to amaze your pet reptile and keep boredom at bay. Do as much creative decorating as possible to interest your reptile, but always keep functionality, safety, and aesthetics of the reptile tank in mind. Never allow materials to take up so much space that the reptile doesn’t have any ground to run around on.
Creating the Perfect “Mirrored” Environment red eyed tree frog for sale
When you customize your reptile tank to ensure your reptile stays healthy and comfortable, you should always factor in temperature, space necessities and lighting requirements. All reptiles need temperature regulation and some species also require humidity control. When you install a light for your reptile tank, make sure it is strong enough to produce the minimal heat your reptile needs to live in to survive. If it is not, you can always buy another heater, be it a ceramic heating system or a heat mat underneath the reptile tank. Make sure you give your reptile enough space to roam around in. Keep in mind that all species of reptiles desire different amounts of space to exercise in. Bearded dragons tend to want a ton of space whereas frogs do not need that much.
Be the Paul Blart of “Reptile Tank Security”
When customizing your vivarium, install measures that keep your reptile from escaping. Obviously, you shouldn’t forget to cover the tank when done with visiting your reptile. Security is common sense for most people, so I won’t go into great detail about it. Just use your smarts when deciding whether or not to include an item in the reptile tank.
If you follow these guidelines to perfectly mimicking your reptile’s natural habitat, your reptile will give back to you tenfold in love!
Will Werner, an Internet-renown expert on over a hundred different types and brands of reptilian vivariums brings you this article about none other than what he is most experienced with; reptile vivariums.