Reasonably easy to care for, reptiles make interesting and engaging pets. Despite their fearsome reputation, reptiles, with proper handling and maintenance, are generally placid pets, with some, such as iguanas, making affectionate pets that are easy to train. Whether you want a trainable lizard or a low maintenance corn snake, all reptiles require certain essential supplies to thrive.
Pet Reptile Vivarium
A vivarium is where your reptile lives. You can choose from plastic, glass and mesh, or wooden vivariums. Plastic vivariums do not provide enough space for most reptile species, and make it very difficult to maintain proper thermal management, so these are only a temporary solution. Glass and mesh vivariums are large and very secure, with most having a padlock mount on top or on the doors. Wooden vivariums allow you to easily attach and install accessories. The size of the vivarium is crucial. Research the species and learn how big it grows, and then choose a vivarium that affords the creature ample room to move around. If your vivarium is too small, it stunts the external growth of the animal, but the organs and other internal body components continue to grow, which leads to rupture and deformities, and can prove fatal. Additionally, a living environment without adequate space causes extreme stress that leads to behavioural difficulties.
Pet Reptile Heat Mat
Heat mats are an incredibly popular choice for a simple, effective, and easily manageable heat source for your vivarium. They last considerably longer than ceramic bulbs and heat bulbs and, because of their gentle, even heat, they do not need a protective guard. For a glass vivarium, the heat mat sits on the exterior of the vivarium, while wooden models need the heat mat inside the vivarium.
Pet Reptile Vivarium Thermostat
A thermostat is one of the crucial pieces of equipment for your vivarium, controlling the heat source to ensure it maintains the appropriate temperature. Without a reliable vivarium thermometer, the life of your reptile is at risk. If the temperature is too low or too high, your reptile will die. Automatic thermostats that work in response to a temperature sensor sitting in the tank are the best kind, as they do not require you to manually alter the temperature. You can choose from an on/off thermostat that simply switches on to full power and cuts out when the sensor registers peak temperature. Pulse thermostats send pulses of heat in varying intensities and frequencies in response to the temperature of the tank. Dimming thermostats control the amount of power the heater receives and work well with all types of vivarium heaters.