Exo Terra Reptile Terrarium

Pet lizard Habitats


Your reptile has certain biological needs, and this guide will help you set up a habitat that meets those needs.

When creating a habitat for your new reptilian friend it is important that your terrarium doesn’t just look like your reptile’s natural environment, it also acts like it. Your reptile has certain biological needs, and this guide will help you set up a habitat that meets those needs. Let’s get creating the perfect space for your new friend.

Your Reptile’s Basic Environmental Needs

Space

A larger habitat is always preferred. Larger habitats allow you to set up a more effective thermal gradient.

Temperature

Reptiles are cold-blooded animals, so they are unable to regulate their body temperatures on their own. This is why a heating source is critical. Most reptiles need a constant temperature between 70 to 85 degrees F with basking areas that reach over 100 degrees F. This number is different for each species, time of day and season.

A wide range of reptile heating devices including light bulbs, pads, tubular heaters, under-tank heaters, ceramic heating elements and basking lights are available to regulate the temperature environment for your new reptile. You'll need to research your particular species or ask a Petco associate to determine your herp’s optimal requirements.

"Basking" reptiles move in and out of sunlight to gain the heat they need, which is their form of thermoregulation. A basking lamp set up on one end of their terrarium will give your pet a temperature gradient that will allow them access to heat for digestion purposes and a cooler area for sleeping or resting.

Be sure the low ambient temperature doesn't fall below the low-end of your pet's ideal temperature range even with all the lights off. Ceramic heating elements and under tank heaters are advantageous because they maintain heat without the need to keep the light on 24 hours a day.

Humidity

Depending on the reptile you have, they may require different amounts of humidity or need different methods utilized to introduce moisture into their environment. Tropical Iguanas and other similar species require high humidity levels to maintain their health. Many different types of Chameleons rely on droplets of water on foliage or the sides of their habitats to drink rather than standing water. Every species has preferences when it comes to moisture, so become familiar with what types of moisture your pet will need and what equipment you will need to provide.

Source: www.petco.com

RELATED VIDEO
Shingleback ( blue-tongued lizard) in its natural habitat
Shingleback ( blue-tongued lizard) in its natural habitat
Does a Lizard Make a Good Pet? | Small Pets
Does a Lizard Make a Good Pet? | Small Pets
flying dragon lizard habitat
flying dragon lizard habitat
RELATED FACTS
Share this Post

Related posts

Colorful lizard

Colorful lizard

MAY 08, 2021

A very large species of chameleon that is endemic to forests in eastern and northern Madagascar. They reach up to 68 cm (27…

Read More
Pet lizards breeds

Pet lizards breeds

MAY 08, 2021

Cold-blooded reptile in the lizard family. Diurnal (up during the day and sleep at night) Temperament Bearded dragons make…

Read More

latest posts
popular posts
Exotic Pets Tweets