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The housing requirements for most cages and terrariums consist of four basic elements; heating, lighting, floor covering, decor and cleaning. The reptile supplies for these elements sometimes overlap. An example is lighting, where a full-spectrum incandescent bulb will provide heat for all reptiles. It will also provide adequate lighting for some reptiles though not all. It is not an adequate full-spectrum lighting for lizards such as the iguana or the sun lizard. Lighting can be provided in two ways, through a full-spectrum incandescent in a basking lamp discussed above and/or through full-spectrum fluorescent lamps. These specialty bulbs are available through pet stores that sell reptiles.
There are a variety of floor coverings that can be used for your pet, but they all have their own considerations. One of the primary considerations in choosing floor coverings is cleanliness. Be wary of harmful micro-organisms.
Cage decor is very important for your pet. It provides their sense of security through shelters and camouflaging. It also includes maintenance things, like food and water dishes and heating devices. Some standard decor items are rocks, basking limbs and plants. Wash everything you put in.
Plants and sphagnum moss make good hiding and/or camouflage places, an can also help provide humidity.. Aquarium plants, such as elodea (), can do well in aquatic terrariums.
The types of reptile cages and habitats are limited only to your imagination and being suitable for the type of reptile you have. There are four basic habitats for herptiles, which include: Some animals that are suited to the semi-aquatic terrarium are most of the various salamanders, frogs, and newts. Also crocodile lizards, caimans, basilisks, and several turtle types.
A semi-aquatic terrarium is a combination of water and land. The land and water areas can be divided with a piece of glass attached and sealed with silicon, or a removable container can be used for the water area.
The woodland terrarium can house various frogs including red-eyed tree frogs, barking tree frogs, green tree frogs and true frogs; also various salamanders, day geckos, anoles, skinks, and snakes.
The woodland terrarium is set up just like the semi-aquatic terrarium only without the large water area. Simply provide a water bowl.
Some pets that will do very well in the desert terrarium are: chuckwallas, desert iguanas, collared lizards, swifts, fat-tailed and leopard geckos, spiny lizards, fence lizards, and alligator lizards.
A desert terrarium is just what it's name implies, an arid or semi-arid environment.
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Empty space can be filled in with peat or green sphagnum tips. Walls masked with bark, bark planks, or bamboo provide the ideal environment for species that live primarily on tree trunks. Besides, they give your pets a much larger running area. The coverings should not furnish any unreachable hiding places for lizards or for food animals. Imitation woods of plastic are not suitable for terrariums.terrarium or vivarium for keeping rainforest animal such as poison frog and lizards. Glass habitat pet tank with green moss and jungle vegetation. Tropical animal cage. by Dirk Ercken, via ShutterStock