A terrarium is an enclosure for smaller land animals, including reptiles, amphibians, and small rodents. The enclosure usually has a glass front, often with a glass back and sides, too. Terrariums are effectively the habitat and living environment for your small pets. You have to take a number of different factors into account when choosing your terrarium size to make sure your pets remain happy and comfortable.
Choose the Type of Terrarium Animals
Before you decide on the size of your terrarium, you have to know what animals you plan to keep. For example, a pair of gerbils needs a considerably different terrarium set-up than snakes or lizards. If you only want a small terrarium, spiders or other comparatively small insects make good choices. If your want very active pets that are fun and engaging to watch and that you can easily interact with, gerbils, hamsters, and other small mammals make perfect animals for a terrarium, but they require considerably more space, along with a tall, deep terrarium. For pets which require less interaction but still make interesting and entertaining pets, small amphibians are good options for a terrarium. Lovers of cold-blooded creatures choose snakes and reptiles for their terrarium.
Consider the Size of the Animals Compared to the Terrarium
Generally, people purchase young animals for their terrarium. Therefore, you have to consider how large the animals grow to determine what size terrarium you require. The animals need to be able to stretch out and move around freely in the terrarium when fully grown. It is a myth or a common misconception that small animals, particularly reptiles, grow to the size of their terrarium. If their space is too small, you risk causing muscular and skeletal deformities, as well as internal ruptures and mental health issues, leading to unhappy pets, possibly with behavioural issues and short lifespans.
Think About the Environmental Needs of the Animals
As well as space to stretch out and move around, different animals have varying environmental needs which mimic their natural habitat to keep them happy and to allow them to indulge in their natural habits. Some animals, such as gerbils, require a deep layer of sand to burrow into, along with ramps, wooden logs, and platforms at different heights. Therefore, they require a deep, tall terrarium. You can also purchase a specific gerbil terrarium called a gerbilarium that features a deep glass base which you fill with sand and an upper cage portion containing platforms, shelter, and bedding. Reptiles, such as lizards, require foliage, sandstone, or rock formations to hide in and under, as well as logs and sand, preferably with a dark place to hide and take shelter. How much equipment and landscaping you require in the terrarium has a direct impact on how big it needs to be to accommodate the animals and all the accessories.