How To Set Up a Reptile Terrarium

How To Set Up a Reptile Terrarium

Do you want to keep a reptile as a pet and want to know how to put up a terrarium and what constitutes a good one?

It’s difficult to know which enclosure is best given the tank size, substratum, door, hood, lighting, and décor. Even so, the greatest reptile terrariums may be narrowed down. All reptile tanks, regardless of species, must be safe, secure, nourishing, and large enough. More space, tougher cages, better equipment, and more décor are required for larger reptiles. Smaller reptiles can be kept in smaller tanks and are frequently easier to keep.

Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about buying and setting up a reptile terrarium.

Step 1: Assemble

Most reptile tanks, 40 gallons and minor, can be purchased built at a pet store. Larger tanks must be bought online and are typically delivered dismantled. Because glass terrariums are heavy, they will require two people to assemble. Before you go out and buy a terrarium, think about where you want to put it. This will reduce handling and ensure that you don’t make typical blunders like placing a tank in front of a window.

For example, Pet Wave lizard aquariums should be kept out of direct sunlight, away from open windows or air vents, and out of reach of small children.

Step 2: Install other necessary equipment

The next step is to add the lighting and heating elements to your terrarium after it has been completed and placed. Except for basking bulbs, most light fixtures can be mounted directly on the screen top. However, we recommend that you utilize a separate stand at all times.

 Always utilize an adjustable stand with ceramic heaters and basking lamps. These stands feature an adhesive surface that adheres to the tank’s side or back, as well as an adjustable overhanging section from which to hang the light fixture.

Under-tank heaters are attached to the enclosure’s bottom or side. They cannot be removed once they have been installed. You should also put the thermometers and hygrometer to the cage at this point. The thermostat and light timers should also be set.

Step 3: Decorate your terrarium

This is the most exciting step since it allows you to build an enriching environment for your reptile. Decorate anyway you want, as long as it’s nontoxic and reptile-friendly. Install any live plants or a water feature at this time as well.

Step 4: Wait 3 days before introducing your reptile

You might be tempted to use your enclosure right away after it’s finished. However, you should give your reptile two or three days before introducing it. Simply turn on the lights and heaters as usual. It’s critical to allow the enclosure’s environment to settle. It also provides you time to change the light sequence, temperature gradient, or heater position if necessary. Every four hours, check the tank temperature and humidity to ensure they are within the day and night ranges. Your terrarium will be ready once you’ve mastered temperature and humidity control.

A reptile terrarium can be put up in a variety of ways. The setups range from simple and low-maintenance to complex and natural. As first-time owners you should prefer simple, easy-to-clean, and appealing décor.