Making the Perfect Terrarium

Making the perfect terrarium for your reptile can be very exciting. We'll discuss about it in here.

Bringing home a reptile can be very exciting, but you need to make sure you have the right place for them to live. A terrarium is an enclosed environment in which your reptile will live. At first, many people don't realize how important a reptile terrarium is. The conditions that a reptile lives in can greatly affect their bodies and their health. This article will provide basic tips for first-time reptile owners on creating the perfect terrarium.

First, you need to decide on a reptile and purchase a terrarium. Once you know if you want a snake, lizard, turtle, etc. you will know what size terrarium you need. A small lizard that doesn't grow to be large won't need a terrarium as big as a large snake will need. Also, make sure you know how big a reptile can grow to be. Just because it's only 2 inches long when you buy it doesn't mean it can't grow to be a lot larger than that. Buy for how big it can potentially get. Many pet stores and pet experts will be able to give you an accurate estimate on how large a specific reptile will be as an adult. If you buy a small terrarium and your reptile grows, you will end up wasting money buying multiple terrariums.

Once you have the proper size, you will need to make sure you are aware of the proper heating and lighting needs. Different reptiles require different types of light, different temperatures, and different humidity levels. If a reptile is living in cold conditions they will probably get ill. If a reptile requires light and doesn't have one it can develop metabolic bone disease and other conditions. Consult an expert to make sure you buy everything to give your reptile the right temperature, lights, and humidity. A thermometer will probably come in handy.

Lastly, your reptile's terrarium will need everything for the proper landscape. This also depends on the species of reptile. You may need branches, plants, moss, water, bedding, rocks, hiding spots, etc.

The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your veterinarian or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment.